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BESA launches BESS Vietnam event

BESA launches BESS Vietnam to give British suppliers the chance to enter the booming Vietnamese market

BESA Organizes The 9th International Educational Fair in Egypt

British Educational Services Agency BESA proudly presents its 9th International Educational Fair & School Tour- Egypt March 2019, where universities from more than 10 countries, with focus on the United Kingdom universities, attend and promote their institution to more than 3000 attendees. The fair will take place from 13th of March until 17th of March 2019 at three main cities; Cairo, Giza, and Alexandria.

FE exports see 15-fold increase

UK organisations exporting products to Further Education colleges and educational establishments overseas saw a fifteen-fold increase in demand in 2011.

Jim Knight opens largest educational technology event

Britain must lead the way in helping young people to be prepared for the challenges of tomorrow, Jim Knight, MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners today outlined, as he opened the BETT event. Taking place at London’s Olympia this week, the annual BETT event, celebrating its 25th year, will showcase the latest innovations in educational ICT. Speaking at the launch, Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners explained: “As we seek stability and future growth, Britain must continue to lead the way in nurturing talent. Young people need to be prepared for the challenges of tomorrow." The event is being organised in partnership with the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and Emap. Mr Knight continued: "The power of education to drive change has long been established for communities and nations. It is down to us to continue to harness this force and for every child to fulfil their potential." Dominic Savage, Director General, BESA explained, "BETT is an extraordinary partnership between industry and education at all levels. BETT is a tremendous force for positive developments in the cost-effective development of technology in education systems worldwide." Jason Seebaruth

Learning and Technology World Forum launched to capture global ideas and solutions

Capturing ideas and stimulating discussion between countries was at the heart of the launch yesterday of a new global education conference. Taking place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London this week, the Learning and Technology World Forum enables leaders and policymakers to take more informed decisions on the use of technology in education. Speaking at the launch, Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners explained how the forum is part of a global commitment to improving learning and teaching, debating ideas, sharing solutions and learning from one another. The three day event, which is in partnership with the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and the British Council, follows on from last year’s seminar, 'Moving Young Minds'. Mr Knight added: "Our nations are facing different challenges, some are setting out on the road to change. We are united to providing the highest standards of education, narrowing the social divide and equipping every child.  We hope that this forum will be as interactive as possible, capturing ideas and solutions and stimulate discussion." Stephen Crowne, chief executive of Becta, said: "The UK has long championed the development of better and more effective use of technology in education. Greater international co-operation will stimulate new ideas and opportunities for us all to learn from each other concerning our own respective national experiences, which ultimately will transform policy into practice and provide real benefits to educators, learners and governments everywhere." The conference is being organised with the support of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), as well as sponsorship from Cisco, Intel and Microsoft. Mr Crowne continued: "The Learning and Technology World Forum provides a rare opportunity not just to debate the policy and application of technology in learning, but also to signal that the education community, individuals, commerce and the world at large all stand to benefit from its effective application." Jason Seebaruth

Shortlist revealed for BETT Awards 2009

The shortlist for the 11th annual BETT Awards, which recognises and celebrates excellence in ICT education, has been revealed.The Awards, managed by Emap, Becta and the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), are open to ICT educational suppliers of all shapes and sizes, and have come to be considered the most prestigious ICT awards in the UK education sector.Richard Joslin, exhibition director at Emap comments: "Each year, the Awards goes a small way to providing our industry with the recognition it so richly deserves in developing innovative and practical ICT resources for the advancement of learning."The BETT Awards, produced in association with Becta and BESA, continues to evolve with new categories including E-Safety, ICT Company of the Year, ICT Exporter of the Year, ICT Education Partnership and Outstanding Achievement in Education all designed to recognise excellence in products, organisations and individuals."Stephen Lucey, executive director of Strategic Technologies at Becta, adds: "This year we have been genuinely overwhelmed by the exceptionally high standards. And whilst this has made it tougher for the judges, it does mean that we have experienced the very best resources for teachers and tutors."The shortlisted products all offer outstanding, quality resources that will undoubtedly inspire and motivate learners. We believe that, when used effectively, these resources will enhance their overall learning experience and offer practical support to teachers."Ray Barker, director of BESA concludes: "The BETT Awards represents a partnership between Becta, BESA, the trade association representing educational supply companies and Emap, the organisers of BETT. The Awards plays a key role in rewarding excellence in the design of products and services which are proving to be effective in the educational sector."The continued funding of technology in education has resulted in a unique growth in innovation and the number of competing products in the market. The BETT Awards provides educators all over the world with a means of identifying the most innovative and effective ICT products and services, judged rigorously by experts, against a robust set of criteria."

BESA becomes a partner in the pioneering EDUCATE research project

The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) today announced its involvement as delivery partners in the EDUCAtional Technology Exchange (EDUCATE) project, a pioneering collaboration by industry, academics and teachers, which aims to catalyse the development of evidence-based EdTech products and services.  The EDUCATE project will be delivered by UCL in partnership with F6S, Nesta and BESA, which represents over 300 of the UK’s world-leading educational suppliers. EDUCATE will bring together educators, researchers and the EdTech industry in order to develop and use the best research-informed EdTech.  It will set up a physical and virtual working space where EdTech SMEs and researcher entrepreneurs will work together with researchers, educators and business experts. All participating SMEs will have access to research training, mentoring and support. EDUCATE will translate research into new and better Educational Products, stimulating demand for new EdTech products by improving the quality of products and services and engaging with users as part of the design process. The project is receiving up to £4.5m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. Caroline Wright, Director General of BESA said: “We know from our research that schools say there isn’t currently sufficient information to help them assess which EdTech products have the greatest impact in the classroom. The EDUCATE project will directly address this need, bringing together industry, academics and teachers in an unprecedented collaboration. We hope the results of the EDUCATE programme will set a new global standard for an evidence-based approach to Education Technology.” Professor Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner centred design, UCL Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education said: “As Director of EDUCATE I am thrilled that BESA have agreed to join the project as a partner. I know that their contribution will be considerable and enormously valuable. Their expertise will strengthen the project team and is a perfect complement to the existing partnership between UCL, Nesta and F6S. I look forward to working with them.” About BESA: BESA, the British Educational Suppliers Association, is the trade association covering the entirety of the UK educational suppliers sector. It operates on a not-for-profit basis, and is accountable to an Executive Council that is elected by member companies.

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