Partnership with Noviy Disk to Deliver 30 Courses by Year End
NASHUA, N.H., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), a leading provider of content resources and complementary technologies for integrated enterprise learning, today announced that it has released four business skills courses localized in Russian and has plans to deliver a total of 30 courses by end of 2005. The Russian courses are being developed in partnership with Noviy Disk, the largest distributor of educational software in Russia and a leading publisher of interactive learning resources.
Courses currently available cover call center communications, handling conflict, and planning and conducting effective business meetings. Courses slated for later release cover project management, customer service, performance management, finance, and management and supervisory skills.
SkillSoft's development and localization agreement with Noviy Disk is an extension of a reseller agreement, established in 2003. The company, headquartered in Moscow, has more than 150 employees including a dedicated localization team for SkillSoft courses. Noviy Disk focuses its sales on local and international corporations; current customers include VimpelCom and Megafon, two of Russia's largest mobile telecommunication companies.
"Russian businesses are rapidly moving to the adoption of e-learning for employee development and training," said Boris Gershuni, CEO of Noviy Disk. "The availability of courses translated into Russian and adapted to our country's business culture will no doubt increase the demand. We look forward to continuing our mutually productive relationship with SkillSoft."
"SkillSoft's localization model relies on trusted partners such as Noviy Disk who bring a combination of development expertise, local business knowledge, and strong language skills. This relationship is particularly successful since we've worked together as distribution partners for a several years," said Kevin Young, vice president and managing director of SkillSoft's EMEA organization. "With more than 200 million Russian-speaking individuals in Russia and surrounding countries, we see significant opportunity in this market for e-learning. Noviy Disk will help us capitalize on this opportunity."
For more information on courses scheduled for localization in Russian, contact: Kay Baldwin-Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 7780 687 618; Andrew Makarov at email@example.com or +7 (095) 369 1971.
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