NCS Bags Coveted Distance Learning Project From Shanghai National Accounting Institute

Singapore, August 19, 2003

National Computer Systems Pte Ltd (NCS) has been selected by the Shanghai National Accounting Institute (SNAI) as its technology partner. NCS had been awarded a coveted contract in a widely contested open tender to implement a distance learning system for the institution. By the end of this year, SNAI students will be able to access SNAI's coursework anywhere, anytime.

The prestigious SNAI is one of only three institutions in China that provide senior-level, international, and e-technology continuing education in the areas of finance and accounting. The institution primarily serves senior financial managers of large state-owned enterprises and foreign-invested enterprises, professional accountants, and senior government officials.

"The SNAI equips China's most senior officials with core financial skills and upgrades competencies to allow them to better serve and support our country as we continue with our economic reforms and operate in a more open post WTO economy. The online accounting courses will help us provide quality training, raise the standards of financial and accounting specialists and contribute to the new wave of economic development in China," said Mr Guan Yimin, Deputy President of SNAI.

Mr Robin Hu, Managing Director of Global Business at NCS, commented: "The fact that SNAI chose NCS from among 13 companies reflects the institution's confidence and acceptance of NCS' ability to contribute towards its goal of becoming a world-class institution. We hope that this will pave the way for more and closer co-operation not only between our two organisations, but also China and Singapore."

NCS will provide end-to-end IT services and solutions including design, development, integration, implementation and the supply of hardware and software. Cisco Systems and IBM are NCS' strategic technology providers in this project. The distance learning system, which is expected to be accessed by 100,000 users, offers a user-friendly interface for real-time training via the Internet. The scalable system will also allow continuous upgrading of content and add-on applications.

"This is a very rewarding success for NCS, especially so because the system will have a wide reach and will be utilised by a wide spectrum of end users," added Mr Hu.

NCS has set up a team comprising an experienced project manager and highly qualified IT professionals. Mr David Yeh, NCS' country director based in Shanghai, said: "We are very excited to be given this opportunity to work with SNAI. The institution has shown great confidence in our ability to deliver by selecting us from among the many competing vendors. We see this as a prelude to many more exciting co-operation with organisations in China."

As required by SNAI, the project team will focus on delivering a secured, highly reliable and readily scalable solution that is based on advanced web technology. This will allow SNAI to provide multi-faceted educational resources through the Internet to senior managers, senior officials and professionals in the fields of accounting, audit, taxation and finance.

SNAI, which already provides training for more than 20,000 students each year, has an extensive physical and network infrastructure. With the implementation of distance-learning services, SNAI will be able to extend specialised learning to remote areas. On top of that, students get ready and convenient access to rich educational resources.

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