Chinese education service firm Ambow Education Group (NYSE: AMBO) has received initial approval for its plan to set up a service-outsourcing career enhancement base together with Microsoft in Dandong, a city in the northeastern province of Liaoning.
The base will be a platform for an integrated solution to Dandong's growing demand for software outsourcing personnel, offering a comprehensive training program adapted from the Microsoft IT Academy's curriculum, teaching materials, education training modules, and accreditations. In addition, there will be services such as job placement for students, recruitment for companies, and further career advancement opportunities for individuals.
Targeted to begin operation later this year, the base will leverage the facilities of Eastern Liaoning University in its early stage of development. It is planning to train a total of 10,000 Microsoft-accredited service outsourcing personnel in the first four years.
The Dandong venture is the latest collaboration between Ambow and Microsoft. Last October, Ambow was designated as the sole partner of its MASP (Microsoft Academy Service Partner) in China.
In addition, there is a plan to set up an Ambow (Dalian) Microsoft cloud computing service center, and to introduce Microsoft's cloud computing technologies in the training program, as well as in the daily operation of the Dalian Career Enhancement Center.