HiSoft Technology International Limited ("HiSoft" or the "Company") HSFT +1.06% , a leading China-based provider of outsourced information technology and research and development services headquartered in Dalian, China, today announced a strategic cooperation agreement with the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) at a press conference held at Kempinski Hotel Beijing.
Under the agreement, HiSoft becomes the exclusively licensed training provider of IAOP's Certified Outsourcing Professional (COP) training in China, including Taiwan and Macau. Officials from China's Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Education as well as IAOP's Chief Executive Officer, Debi Hamil, and founder, Michael F. Corbett, HiSoft's Non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, Cheng Yaw Sun, and members of the foreign and domestic media were present at the press conference.
"We are proud to be selected as IAOP's exclusive provider of Certified Outsourcing Professional training in China. COP training is the gold-standard in our industry. This partnership not only recognizes HiSoft's commitment to a world-class training infrastructure, but also serves to strengthen our leadership position in the domestic industry," said HiSoft Chief Executive Officer, Tiak Koon Loh.
"IAOP is pleased to welcome HiSoft Technology International Limited as a Corporate and Professional Development Strategic Alliance partner. HiSoft, a long time IAOP corporate member, has been a leading outsourcing provider since its founding in 1996 and is consistently ranked among the leaders in our Global Outsourcing 100 list of the world's best providers. Through this partnership, together we will bring the Certified Outsourcing Professional program to China, raising the level of expertise and shared standards throughout all professionals working in the industry," said Debi Hamill, IAOP's Chief Executive Officer.
As the global, standard-setting organization for the outsourcing industry, IAOP promotes the interests of the global outsourcing sector, adherence to and development of outsourcing standards and fosters professional development among industry professionals. With more than 120,000 members and affiliates worldwide, IAOP is viewed by many as the most influential and highly respected outsourcing organization worldwide.
Certified Outsourcing Professional is IAOP's longest-running talent training certification program and represents the highest level of certification for outsourcing professionals. The COP training curriculum addresses more than 170 industry-specific areas including, but not limited to, vendor management, strategy development and outcome optimization. Graduates of the COP training are frequently those individuals responsible for strategic and operational information technology ("IT") outsourcing decisions within large, multinational corporations.