BLOOMINGTON, Minn., October 28, 2003 — Pearson VUE, the electronic testing business of Pearson Education, today announced that it has signed a two-year contract with Sun Microsystems, Inc. to provide computer-based test delivery of Sun Microsystems certification exams in association with the Sun Academic Initiative. Selected Sun exams are now available in the Pearson VUE network of over 3,400 Pearson VUE™ Authorized Centers around the world for delivery to participants of the Sun Academic Initiative Ė www.sunacademic.com.
The Sun Academic Initiative is a philanthropic program designed by Sun Microsystems as a way to share Sunís training content with non-profit academic and research institutions. Through this program, qualifying institutions become Authorized Sun Education Centers, allowing these institutions to provide selected courses to help prepare students for the certifying exams in Sun technologies. Additionally, students can obtain free access to selected online courses and substantial price discounts on certification exams through this initiative.
“When we considered Pearson’s strength in the academic market and Pearson VUE’s expansive network of academic test centers, our choice was clear,” said Dave Nelson, senior director, Sun Academic Initiative for Sun Microsystems. “We feel Pearson VUE’s market development capabilities will be of tremendous value in our academic program development.”
“We are very pleased that Sun Microsystems chose Pearson VUE as its testing solution partner for the certification component of its SAI program. Our company has the largest academic testing channel in the world and our experience and presence in the market will significantly benefit the SAI program,” said Bob Whelan, Pearson VUE vice president and general manager.
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the electronic testing business of Pearson Education, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company. Pearson’s primary operations also include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.