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Oct 27 2010

NYIT Partners with the Oracle Education Foundation to Help Students Develop 21st-Century Skills

New York, N.Y. (Oct. 27, 2010) – New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) signed a partnership agreement to bring OEF’s ThinkQuest to more than 8,500 New York students over the next two years.

ThinkQuest is an online learning platform that helps students develop important 21st-century skills, including communication, critical thinking, and technology skills. With ThinkQuest, students and teachers can create web-based projects and engage in collaboration with peers globally.

“The Oracle Education Foundation’s mission is to help students develop skills for life and work in the 21st-century, including communication, critical thinking, and technology skills. By providing New York students with access to ThinkQuest, we will help them build these important skills and ensure their future success,” said Brad Saffer, Vice President, Oracle Corporate Citizenship.

To launch the partnership, OEF will collaborate with NYIT, the New York State Teacher Centers, and associated Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) to train 2,000 teachers on how to integrate 21st-century skills instruction and project learning into their curricula using ThinkQuest. In addition, teachers and students will have the opportunity to enter the work they produce into the ThinkQuest International Competition 2011, which challenges students to solve real-world problems by creating web-based projects, digital media, or web-based applications.

“Partnering with the Oracle Education Foundation gives us the opportunity to truly address the 21st-century skills of collaboration, invention, and creation,” said Stan Silverman, director of NYIT’s Technology Based Learning System in the School of Education. “ThinkQuest’s powerful professional development model will enable New York educators to integrate project learning and technology into their curricula with confidence.”

“Educational partnerships, like the one with the Oracle Education Foundation, instill in students a love for learning through challenging projects, enrich their classroom experiences with real applications, and prepare them to be the leaders of tomorrow,” said Nada Anid, Ph.D., Dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.

ThinkQuest currently supports over 548,000 students and teachers in 47 countries.

About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 85,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit

About the Oracle Education Foundation
The Oracle Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle. It delivers ThinkQuest, an online learning platform that helps students develop important 21st century skills, including communication, critical thinking, and technology skills. ThinkQuest includes a project environment that supports collaborative learning; technology competitions that challenge students to solve real-world problems; the award-winning ThinkQuest Library, a learning resource visited by millions; and professional development for educators. For more information, visit

About Oracle
Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) is the world's most complete, open, and integrated business software and hardware systems company. For more information about Oracle, please visit


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