Houghton Mifflin Harcourt expands outreach in Gulf region, opens office in Qatar's Digital Content Incubation Center, aimed at helping startup companies leverage digital content opportunities in country

DOHA, Qatar , May 25, 2011 (press release) – Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has announced the opening of its premises in Doha, Qatar. The office, which will enhance HMH’s already broad outreach to the Gulf region, will be housed within the Digital Content Incubation Center, created by Qatar’s Supreme Council for Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR).

As a world leader in the development of localized digital education content, HMH has been selected by ictQATAR to become an anchor tenant in the Center, alongside other leading technology companies, including IBM and SAP. The expansion is the latest demonstration of the Company’s commitment to delivering world-class learning solutions across the globe.

The Digital Content Incubation Center will be a collaborative environment aimed at helping entrepreneurs and start up companies leverage digital content opportunities in Qatar and the Arab region. The Center will provide access to innovative digital platforms, international partners, business development services, coaching and mentorship.

Conor McCarthy, Vice-President, Business Development, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt said, “Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is honored to be a part of ictQATAR’s Digital Content Incubation Center and to promote innovation in education in the Middle East. Like ictQATAR, HMH is committed to the development of innovative, localized digital content as part of an end-to-end educational solution. We look forward to working closely with local businesses and entrepreneurs to deliver this objective in Qatar.”

HMH operates in more than 120 countries globally, and maintains an unparalleled connection to the pulse of the education industry around the world. HMH already dominates the international and private school market in the Middle East The office will enable the Company to service its growing business in the Gulf, to invest in local talent and to further develop localized digital content and technology platforms.

“Through global partnerships with Ministries and Departments of Education, HMH is working to make education more efficient and accountable and also ensure that students and teachers benefit from the best pedagogical solutions,” said Terry Nealon, Senior Vice President, HMH International Publishers. “Ultimately, HMH’s goal in the Middle East is to be the leading educational curriculum provider and our expansion in Qatar is an exciting step toward that goal.”

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

With education products and services used by 57 million students throughout all 50 U.S. states and 120 countries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global education and learning company. The world's largest provider of materials for pre-K–12 learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is leading the way with innovative solutions and approaches to the challenges facing education today. Through curricula excellence coupled with technology innovations and professional services, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt collaborates with school districts, administrators, teachers, parents and students, providing interactive, results-driven learning solutions. Its Educational Consulting Services group works to increase student achievement in underperforming schools by developing, implementing and supporting education transformation through sustained district partnerships. With origins dating back to 1832, the Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers.

About ictQatar and the Digital Content Cluster:

ictQatar is the Supreme Council for Information and Communication Technology. ictQATAR functions as Qatar’s telecom regulator and the governmental body responsible for nurturing innovative technologies, to connect citizens to government and help people of all ages and income levels become comfortable with technology so that they can achieve personal and professional goals. The Digital Content Cluster (DCC) is an ictQatar initiative that enables creative contribution to the digital world. Encouraging and supporting new businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs to make the best use of new skills, digital content and funding opportunities in Qatar and the region.

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