Topica Edtech Group

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Topica Edtech Group
Topica Logo.jpg
Type of site
Online education
Available inEnglish, Vietnamese
HeadquartersNo 75, Phuong Mai Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Employees1300 + (May 2016)
URLtopica.asia
CommercialYes
Users250000 +
Launched2008; 12 years ago (2008)
Current statusActive

Topica Edtech Group (Vietnamese: Tổ hợp giáo dục Topica) is a multinational educational technology company. It provides online education including bachelor's degree programs (Topica Uni), English speech tutoring courses (Topica Native) and technology platform for massive online open courses in a variety of fields (Edumall).[1]

Topica Edtech Group headquartered in Hanoi, Vietnam and has expanded into the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the United States.[2]

History[edit]

In April 2004, a group of professors in the Centre for Research and Consulting on Management, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, initiated an Online Training Program and International Cooperation named CRC-TOPIC.[3] The entrepreneurship incubator project received financial support by Infodev.[3]

In 2006, Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates and the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, Pham Gia Khiem, launched TOPIC64 as an E-learning infrastructure development project in 64 provinces of Vietnam.[4] Qualcomm announced that it was a one sponsor of the project, besides Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and USAID.[5]

In 2007, TOPIC64 and MIT Professor Charles Leiserson launched the Boston-Hanoi online course "Intro to Algorithms" for 30 Vietnamese students.[6]

In 2008, Topica Edtech Group was founded as an education technology company whose mission is to promote high-quality online education among learners in Vietnam and South East Asia.[7]

At the same time, following Havard, Stanford, MIT and Duke University, Topica Edtech Group applied 3D simulation technology in teaching. This brought a realistic experience in virtual 3D space.[8]

In 2010, the company organized an online training course on Business Incubator for 105 managers from 15 Asia-Pacific countries.[3]

In 2011, Topica Founder Institute (TFI) launched the first batch of startup accelerator from Silicon Valley in Vietnam.[9]

In 2013, the company launched mobile learning app Topica Mobile in Vietnam.[10]

In 2014, they launched Online English speech tutoring platform Topica Native (TOPMITO) allowing students speaking via Google Glass with native speakers.

Until 2016, Topica Edtech Group has partnered with 11 universities across the Philippines, Vietnam and the United States.[11]

In April, 2016, according to an article in E27, Topica Edtech Group signed a partnership deal with Coursera.[11] Through this pact, one of Topica's partners in Vietnam - Vinh University - recognized credits from some of Coursera’s 1,800 online courses.[11]

Courses[edit]

Topica Edtech Group offers online bachelor's degree programs, online English speech tutoring and training courses in a variety of topics.[12] Each course often includes visual elements, such as lecture video, animations and graphics, online textbook and a mini test at the end of each lesson. Instructors and course participants can interact with each other in discussion forums.[13] All elements of the courses can be viewed at any time and in any wireless devices whenever the Internet connection is available.[13]

In 2008, it integrated 3D technology called “Second Life”, where students can walk around and interact inside that 3D virtual environment into online bachelor's degree program (Topica Uni).[8] It has cooperated with 11 universities in Vietnam, the Philippines and the United States to provide online Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance and Banking, Information Technology, Law and Economy Law.[11][14] Beside academic lecture video, the participants could also learn practical knowledge and experience from successful entrepreneurs.[15]

In 2014, Topica also supplied TOPMITO (or Topica Native), an Online English speech tutoring platform through Google Glass, computers, and mobile devices.[16] Course participants could choose different study paths with English native teachers.[16] The course utilized the English ability testing system CASEC, initiated based on research of STEP and developed by Japan Institute for Educational Measurement (JIEM) in order to evaluate participant’s progression.[17]

In March 2016, Topica invited professors and experts to put their courses on its online platform (Edumall).[18] The courses mostly covered Information Technology, Personal Development, Business and Startup, Design, Marketing, Office Software and English.[19]

Business Accelerator[edit]

According to Deal Street Asia, Topica Founder Institute (TFI) is an early-stage startup accelerator.[20] It is a batch of startup accelerator from Silicon Valley which has run in 40 countries. In 2010, it organized a training course on Business Incubation for 105 managers from 15 Asia-Pacific countries.[3]

After 3 years, it incubated quite a number of technology startups, the most notable of which was Appota, which raised a series B round April, 2014.[21]

Partners[edit]

Hanoi Open University (Vietnam - 2009)[22]

Duy Tan University (Vietnam - 2010)[23]

Tra Vinh University (Vietnam - 2012)[24]

National Economics University (Vietnam- 2012)[25]

Thai Nguyen University (Vietnam- 2013)[26]

AMA University (Philippines- 2013)[27]

Palawan National University (Philippines- 2015)[28]

Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (Philippines- 2015)[29]

Franklin University (The United States – 2016)[30]

Ohio National University (The United States- 2016)[30]

Urbana University (The United States- 2016)[30]

Coursera (MOOCs- 2016)[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ INQUIRER.net. "Education Technology funding jumped 55% in 2014". business.inquirer.net. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  2. ^ VCCorp.vn. "Hội nhập AEC, FTA: Nhiều ngành hoang mang tự vệ, công nghệ thông tin Việt hăm hở "tấn công"" (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  3. ^ a b c d "In the spotlight: TOPICA Education Group".
  4. ^ "Remarks at Topic 64 Center Visit in Vietnam". 2001-2009.state.gov. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  5. ^ "Qualcomm's Wireless Reach Initiative Brings Advanced 3G Technology to Vietnam Communities | Qualcomm". 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  6. ^ Nam, Thế giới & Việt (2008-10-09). "Đào tạo cử nhân trực tuyến trên môi trường 3D lần đầu tiên tại Việt Nam" (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2016-07-19.
  7. ^ VCCorp.vn (2016-03-29). "Công thức khởi nghiệp của CEO Topica: Một Co-founder biết code, mỳ tôm và ... sổ đỏ sẵn sàng mang đi cắm" (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  8. ^ a b "Việt Nam mở đại học 'Second Life'". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  9. ^ V.L. ""Khởi nghiệp từ Thung lũng Silicon" - PC World VN". Retrieved 2016-07-19.
  10. ^ VnExpress. "Ứng dụng học đại học trên điện thoại tại Việt Nam - VnExpress" (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2016-07-19.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Two edtech giants team up: Topica announces partnership with Coursera". topica.asia. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  12. ^ VCCorp.vn. "Công nghệ giáo dục của Việt Nam nổi bật tại Hội nghị KINSES2016" (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  13. ^ a b KimNhung (2014-10-20). "TOPICA ra mắt kho giáo dục trực tuyến miễn phí". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  14. ^ VnExpress. "Học năm ngành miễn phí với chương trình Topica Million - VnExpress" (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  15. ^ Horn, Michael. "Entrepreneurs Seek To Transform Education In Vietnam". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  16. ^ a b Ictnews. "TOPMITO giúp người Việt dùng Google Glass luyện nói tiếng Anh". ictnews.vn. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  17. ^ "Chương trình đánh giá năng lực tiếng anh CASEC cho sinh viên".
  18. ^ "Thailand - An Important Market for Topica Edtech Group's Southeast Asian Expansion". topica.asia. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  19. ^ "Edumall". edumall.vn. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  20. ^ "Vietnam: Two startups under accelerator Topica Founder Institute seal seed funding - DealStreetAsia". DealStreetAsia. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  21. ^ Ictnews. "Tìm hiểu Topica Founder Institute, nhân tố đứng sau sự thành công của Appota". ictnews.vn. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  22. ^ BAOMOI.COM (2009-03-21). "Viện Đại học Mở Hà Nội giới thiệu chương trình đào tạo cử nhân trực tuyến Topica". Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  23. ^ "Đại học Duy Tân mở rộng đào tạo cử nhân trực tuyến".
  24. ^ "Chương Trình đào tạo Cử nhân chất lượng cao Topica - Chuong Trinh dao tao Cu nhan chat luong cao Topica". www.hieuhoc.com. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  25. ^ "Trường đại học Kinh tế Quốc dân thông báo tuyển sinh đại học 2013". ĐẠI HỌC KINH TẾ QUỐC DÂN. 2012-12-29. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  26. ^ VCCorp.vn. "Học đại học trực tuyến, nhận bằng cử nhân danh tiếng" (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  27. ^ VCCorp.vn. "E-learning Việt Nam tỏa sáng tại hội nghị kinh tế toàn cầu GES 2014" (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  28. ^ VCCorp.vn. "Đại học PSU (Philippines) hợp tác với TOPICA triển khai chương trình E-learning chất lượng cao" (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  29. ^ VCCorp.vn. "Topica ký thỏa thuận hợp tác với Đại học Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State (DMMMSU), Philippines" (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  30. ^ a b c VCCorp.vn. "Lần đầu tiên tại Đông Nam Á: Học trực tuyến 3 năm trong nước, hơn 1 năm tại Mỹ, nhận bằng chính quy từ đại học Mỹ uy tín" (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2016-07-16.

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