Oracle Press Release

Oracle Education Foundation and Oracle Romania Increase Investment in Romanian Education

Oracle Academy and ThinkQuest Help Teachers Integrate Technology and 21st Century Skills Development into the Classroom

Bucharest, Romania – January 30, 2009

News Facts

The Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) and the Ministry of Education, Research, and Youth of Romania have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch a new professional development program for Romanian teachers.
At Casa Corpului Didactic centres around the country, over 1,600 teachers will be trained how to use OEF’s ThinkQuest platform to design and implement online learning projects. ThinkQuest currently supports 17,000 Romanian students and teachers.
Additionally, 140 teachers will participate in OEF’s first Project Learning Institute in Europe in April 2009. These teachers will learn how to integrate technology, project learning, and 21st century skills development into their classroom curricula.
The new professional development program builds on the successful, long-term partnership between OEF, Oracle Romania, and the Ministry of Education, Research, and Youth of Romania.
Oracle Romania and the Ministry of Education, Research, and Youth of Romania first partnered in 1998 to launch the Oracle Academy.
The Oracle Academy helps students develop the technology and business skills required for 21st century careers. The Oracle Academy curriculum, which focuses on database design and programming skills, is integrated into Romania’s National Curriculum.
Today, the Oracle Academy supports over 65,000 Romanian students. Notably, Romanian students have taken the top three prizes in the Oracle Academy Global Data Modeling competition for the past three years.
The Oracle Academy and the Ministry of Education, Research, and Youth of Romania will continue to train up to 1,800 new teachers in the coming months to deliver the Oracle Academy curriculum in their schools.

Supporting Quotes

“We strongly believe in the educational value of the Oracle Academy and the Oracle Education Foundation’s ThinkQuest,” said Sorin Trocaru, Project Manager, Ministry of Education, Research, and Youth of Romania. “We are delighted to help even more teachers introduce these programs into their daily curricula.”
“Oracle is committed to advancing education and preparing young people for life and work in the 21st century,” said Sorin Mindrutescu, Country Leader, Oracle Romania. “The Oracle Academy and the Oracle Education Foundation’s ThinkQuest engage students with a unique and innovative approach to 21st century learning.”

Supporting Resources

About the Oracle Academy
The Oracle Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle. It delivers ThinkQuest, a widely acclaimed education technology program, to K-12 schools globally. ThinkQuest is a protected, online learning platform that enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their classroom curriculum and students to develop critical 21st century skills. For more information, visit
http://www.oraclefoundation.org.

About the Oracle Academy

The Oracle Academy and the Oracle Education Foundation’s initiatives reach over 1 million students worldwide. The Oracle Academy supports 655,000+ students in 86 countries. By partnering with schools, districts, and ministries that believe in early career preparation, the Oracle Academy helps students develop the technology and business skills required for 21st century careers. Participating institutions may integrate Oracle’s cutting-edge software and curriculum into their courses and avail their faculty to first-class professional development opportunities. To learn more, please visit http://academy.oracle.com.

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Contact Info

Ana-Maria Zaharia
Porter Novelli for Oracle
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