TAL Education Group Takes Strategic Stake in Guokr

Dec 21, 2014, 20:42 ET from TAL Education Group

BEIJING, Dec. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TAL Education Group (NYSE: XRS) ("TAL" or the "Company"), a leading K-12 after-school tutoring services provider in China, announced today that TAL has invested approximately US$15 million in Guokr, Inc. ("Guokr"), a popular mobile and web-based community for science and technology education in China, for Guokr's minority equity interest.

"With our investment in Guokr we take another solid step towards transforming into a leading technology-driven education services provider in China. We are pleased with this opportune and complementary investment, which we continue to seek as we expand and innovate our core tutoring service offerings. Guokr and its Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) content will be an important addition to our blended learning approach across multi-media platforms, especially Internet and mobile Internet. We believe Guokr and TAL have great synergies, which will further strengthen as a rapidly increasing number of our students discover they can 'play-and-learn' on their mobile devices outside the traditional classroom setting," said TAL's co-founder and General Manager of Investment Unit, Mr. Yachao Liu.  "Through Guokr we can also extend our reach to a complementary customer base, the mostly college-based technology enthusiasts. This extension will solidify Guokr and our common ground in building a social community through MOOC-based science and technology content for young demographics. In addition, we will leverage the Guokr MOOC platform to connect with world class education resources, which is consistent with our recent investment in the Minerva Project, a revolutionary new provider of undergraduate education in the US, as well as our angel investment in Sharkpark, a science education company. Our investment in Guokr is therefore an outstanding opportunity to share our vision and align our interests in building new education models for the future and incorporating self-education on Internet and mobile Internet."

Founded in 2010, Guokr has grown into a top science social networking service provider in China that fosters a community for people to learn and share scientific knowledge of every aspect of human life. Topics on Guokr range across various fields, such as biology, psychology, sociology, physics, astronomy, etc, and can be accessed through its website, Guokr.com as well as mobile applications. To date, Guokr's users mainly consist of high school and college students and young graduates.

Guokr also cooperates with various open education initiatives including Coursera, an international education platform which offers MOOC content in partnership with top universities and organizations worldwide. Guokr supports the translation of MOOC content into Chinese for Coursera and other MOOC providers and promotes such content to its user base through Guokr.com. To date, Guokr MOOC platform has accumulated a total of 800 thousand registered users.

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About TAL Education Group

TAL Education Group is a leading K-12 after-school tutoring services provider in China. The acronym "TAL" stands for "Tomorrow Advancing Life," which reflects our vision to promote top learning opportunities for Chinese students through both high-quality teaching and content, as well as leading edge application of technology in the education experience. TAL Education Group offers comprehensive tutoring services to students from pre-school to the twelfth grade through three flexible class formats: small classes, personalized premium services, and online courses. Our tutoring services cover the core academic subjects in China's school curriculum including mathematics, English, Chinese, physics, chemistry, and biology. The Company's learning center network includes 287 physical learning centers as of August 31, 2014, located in 19 key cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xi`an, Chengdu, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Taiyuan, Zhengzhou, Chongqing, Suzhou, Shenyang, Jinan, Shijiazhuang,  Qingdao and Changsha. We also operate www.jzb.com, a leading online education platform in China. Our ADSs trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "XRS." For more information, please see en.100tal.com.

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