Aptech to open centres in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia

Aptech to open centres in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia
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First Published: Tue, Aug 07 2007. 02 43 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Aug 07 2007. 02 43 PM IST
Bangalore: IT education and training institute Aptech plans to open centres in Afghanistan, Jordan, Syria and Saudi Arabia as part of its overseas expansion plans.
“We also plan to set up offices in Vietnam and Nigeria,” Aptech chief executive officer and managing director Pramod Khera told PTI here.
Aptech provides training to students in software technology and multimedia under the brands Aptech Computer Education (ACE)and Arena respectively.
“We are opening one ACE centre in Afghanistan to start with, one Arena and three ACE centres in Jordan and one Arena and two ACE centres in Syria,” Khera said.
In Saudi Arabia, he said, the company is establishing one Arena centre exclusively for women, where the entire staff would be ladies.
Aptech has close to 400 centres overseas, majority of them being ACE centres.
“We are witnessing a lot of growth in China, where we have been able to open 250 centres in the last five years and capture 32.1% marketshare,” he said.
The company has 31 centres in Vietnam, Khera said, adding that plans are afoot to open another 20 centres over the next three years. The company expects a revenue of over $30 million in Vietnam for the next three years.
“We see a scope for further penetration in the markets we are present as far as IT training is concerned, especially the Latin American and CIS markets,” Khera said.
Aptech is expanding its Arena animation network in India, where it plans to open another 10 centres by the end of the year, including a Rs-10-crore residential “train the trainer” facility at Karjat near Mumbai.
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