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LPI and UNDP/UNESCO promote Linux education in Middle East

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(Sacramento, CA, USA: November 16, 2009) - The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization (http://www.lpi.org), announced that its affiliate, LPI-Middle East, had signed an agreement with Ma3bar initiative (http://www.ma3bar.org/) to promote the adoption of Free and Open Source software throughout the Arab world. Ma3bar is an Arab Support Centre for Free and Open Source Software established by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the University of Balamand, Al-Kurah, Lebanon. "LPI has worked with a number of UN sponsored initiatives over the years to promote the use of Open Source technology in developing countries. We welcome these joint efforts as it enables LPI to further our mission of advancing Linux professionalism. This agreement with Ma3bar will greatly enhance the impact of our affiliate, LPI-Middle East, in promoting Linux education and our globally-recognized certification program," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.

The agreement between LPI-Middle East and the Ma3bar support center included the following key proposed activities within the region:

- promotion of Linux education and LPI certification within post-secondary curriculum in universities

- improvements to the quality of Linux and Open Source training

- delivery of both Linux certification and curriculum

- establish a local examination center to increase local competencies and skills in Linux

- develop an Arabic-speaking community within the Linux and Open Source context

- present executive workshops, public conferences, academic seminars and other forums that promote Linux and Open Source

The agreement was signed during a launch event of Ma3bar at the Beirut office of UNESCO and was sponsored by Lebanon's Ministry of Education and Higher Education and LPI-Middle East on November 5, 2009. During the event Balamand University also signed a contract with LPI-Middle East to become an LPI-Approved Academic Partner providing training towards LPI certification in the region.

The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 7,000 testing locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 200,000 exams and 70,000 LPIC certifications around the world.

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About the Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute promotes and certifies essential skills on Linux and Open Source technologies through the global delivery of comprehensive, top-quality, vendor-independent exams. Established as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership in the certification of Linux professionals. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.

About Ma3bar:

"Ma3bar" is the Arab Support Center for Free and Open Source Software. Since its inception by UNDP-ICTDAR, UNESCO, and the University of Balamand, the center strives to disseminate free and open source software as a philosophy and culture in academia and Arab societies. Ma3bar is committed to contributing to social and economic development in the Arab region by promoting the use and development of free and open source software, and by developing and conducting training programs on such software, to ensure that more Arab communities have affordable access to information technologies.

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