Washington, DC — Aug. 01, 2007 — Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of enterprise technology to the education community, today announces that the University of Leeds — Britain?s second largest university and internationally acclaimed for the quality of its teaching and research — has selected the Blackboard Learning System, the Blackboard Community System, and the Blackboard Content System.
The university opted for Blackboard?s comprehensive e-Learning platform featuring three integrated products, that provide anytime/anywhere access for the university´s 33,000 students and 7,300 staff across nine faculties.
Leeds VLE Steering Group thoroughly evaluated Blackboard?s products for a year on pedagogic, technical, commercial, legal and financial aspects. The university selected these Blackboard Academic Suite products following detailed feedback from staff and students. To ensure the long-term success and sustainability of the programme, the University of Leeds has signed a multi-year contract.
Professor Vivien Jones, pro-vice-chancellor for Learning and Teaching and member of the VLE Steering Group, said: "We needed a system that both satisfied our ever-increasing student and faculty demands and was highly scalable. We are very pleased that we invested time in carrying out such a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation of our options, and we are confident that the Blackboard platform will give staff the leading-edge tools needed to realise our vision for developing a high-quality blended learning experience for all our students."
"The University has played a leading part in the development of modern higher education in this country and we´re privileged to be working with them," said Tim Collin, vice president for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region at Blackboard. He further added: "An increasing number of universities across the country are recognizing the myriad ways in which technology can aid education. Leeds is helping students to better prepare for their career, where online learning and training are ubiquitous."
About the University of Leeds: The University of Leeds is acclaimed world-wide for the quality of its teaching and research. The second largest university in Britain, Leeds is also the most popular among students applying for undergraduate courses. An emphasis on innovative research and investment in high-quality facilities and first-rate infrastructure means that no fewer than 35 departments are rated internationally or nationally ´excellent´. Its size and international reputation enables the University to offer one of the widest ranges of academic courses in the UK. During the recent academic year over 33,000 students were attached to 700 different first-degree programmes and 474 postgraduate degree programmes. A further 26,544 men and women were enrolled on short courses with the University.
About Blackboard Inc.: Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a leading provider of enterprise software applications and related services to the education industry. Founded in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations everywhere by connecting people and technology. Millions of people use Blackboard everyday at academic institutions around the globe, including colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other education providers, as well as textbook publishers and student-focused merchants that serve education providers and their students. Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.