Tarena at a Glance

We are a leading provider of professional education services in China with our core strength in IT professional education services

We have an innovative education platform combining live distance instruction, classroom-based tutoring and online learning modules. For each class, instructors deliver lectures from one classroom in Beijing to students in the same classroom as well as to students at our learning centers across China via simultaneous webcast. To facilitate a disciplined and focused learning environment, we staff each classroom at our learning centers with one or two on-site teaching assistants to tutor and supervise students. We complement the live instruction and tutoring with our proprietary learning management system, named the Tarena Teaching System, or TTS. TTS has five core functions, featuring course content, self-assessment exams, student and teaching staff interaction tools, student management tools and an online student community. Through this education platform, we provide job-oriented education with measurable outcomes, as demonstrated by our high job placement rates and students’ academic performance.

History and Milestone

September 2002 
Enters the IT professional education market in China.  The first learning center opens in Beijing.

September 2003 
Closes series A funding led by IDGVC, first IT professional education company to receive international investment.

December 2004
Establishes the government-backed "Zhongguancun Model IT Talent Training Center"

December 2005
Launches the first national live distance instruction broadcast

January 2006
The first to introduce installment payment option in the IT education industry
Introduces innovative online learning module – Tarena Training System (TTS) 1.0

November 2008
Closes series B funding from IDGVC and JAFCO Asia
Initiates "Warm Winter Project" to provide university students with training and employment opportunities

September 2011   
Closes series C funding from Goldman Sachs

April 2012    
Hosts first annual Tarena-Discovery Cup Chinese University Students Software Design Competition

February 2013  
Begins offering courses in non-IT subjects and launches our digital art course

November 2013
Launches online sales and marketing course
Becomes "Baidu Internet Marketing University" training partner

April 2014  
Listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol "TEDU"

Corporate Citizenship

Tarena’s Education Initiative

Tarena-Discovery Cup Chinese University Students Software Design Competition

The Tarena-Discovery Cup is an annual national software design competition organized by Tarena and cosponsored by the Hangzhou Foreign Trade Bureau, Goldman Sachs, IDG, and JAFCO Asia. It has one grand prize and hundreds of other awards to encourage participants to apply their skills and present their creations. Tarena also offers free programming seminars during the competition so all participants can go home with stronger technical skillsets.

To minimize restrictions and encourage creativity, participants may choose from a variety of languages (C++, C#, Objective-C, Java, PHP, .NET) and platforms (Android, iOS, Windows, Linux). Projects are judged based upon three criteria: programming ability, business intelligence, and professional skills. These judging criteria make the competition a great platform for talents to be recognized in the industry and help the employers identify future starts who will thrive in the technology sector.

The first Tarena-Discovery Cup was a resounding success. Over 10,000 students from over 1,000 universities and colleges in China participated. A junior student from Ningbo University of Technology, Kaidi Zhu took home the 100,000 CNY (16,260 USD) grand prize. Semifinalists and other top competitors shared over 200,000 CNY (32,520 USD) in additional prizes. Over 700 job offers were made to participants of the competition.

With the second Tarena-Discovery Cup well underway, the competition’s success is already guaranteed. The number of participants doubled from last year. Over 20,000 students are participating and will have access to IT training that we offer at no charge to all participants. The hands-on experience, interaction with industry professionals, and exchange of ideas among participants help incubate the next generation of IT talent, maybe even the next Steve Jobs.

Tarena’s Inclusion Initiative

Training Individuals with Disabilities

Tarena started an awareness campaign of “respect and support for students with disabilities” back in 2007. We called on to the wider community to discover employment opportunities for students with disabilities and give them a chance to live an independent and meaningful life. Over the next three years, this awareness campaign morphed into a training program. Students gained the professional skills required to be competitive in the marketplace and over a hundred disabled students found job placements.

In 2011, we officially joined forces with the China Disabled Persons’ Federation to offer free programming courses for those with disabilities. Three sessions have been concluded. 82 graduates of this program got jobs and involved into the society.

We look forward to continuing to expand this program and are constantly researching methods to make our training more accessible and effective.

Awards and Achievements
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December 2013 Top 30 Best Workplaces in Beijing, China – Zhaopin.com
December 2013 2013 Brand Awareness Award in the Professional Education Arena - Sina
December 2013 Most Innovative Brand in the Chinese IT Education Industry - Tencent
November 2013 Baidu Internet Marketing University Partner
October 2013 2012 China Outsourced Education & Training Company – 1st Place
July 2013 Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) China Territory Partner
July 2013 ARM Holdings plc China Territory Partner
April 2013 Outstanding Training Institute - Ministry of Industry and Information Technology
March 2013 Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific - Deloitte
January 2013 Top Ten Most Influential Brands in the China IT Education Industry - Tencent Annual Netizens' Choice Awards
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December 2012 2012 China Top 100 Growth Enterprises - CCTV
December 2012 Top Ten Most Influential Brands in the China IT Education Industry - Tencent Annual Netizens' Choice Awards
November 2012 2012 Key Enterprise in the Outsourced Training Service Industry - Ministry of Commerce
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December 2011 Top Ten Most Influential Brands in the China IT Education Industry - Tencent Annual Netizens' Choice Awards
July 2011 China Education Industry Leader - CCTV Annual Awards
April 2011 Excellent Training Center – Ministry of Industry
March 2011 Oracle-Sun China Territory Gold Partner
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December 2010 Top Ten Most Influential Brands in the China IT Education Industry - Tencent Annual Netizens' ChoiceAwards
March 2010 Most Competitive Company in the China IT Education Sector - Sina Annual User Awards
January 2010 Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific - Deloitte
January 2010 Top Ten IT Brand – China's 60th Anniversary Awards – Sohu
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December 2009 Top Ten Most Influential Brands in the China IT Education Industry - Tencent Annual Netizens' Choice Awards
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October 2008 Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific – 3X Consecutive Winner – Deloitte
October 2008 Technology Fast 50 China – 3X Consecutive Winner - Deloitte
January 2008 Top 10 Brand in the Field of Education – Sohu Annual User Awards
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December 2007 Most Influential Brand among College Students in the China IT Training Industry - Tencent Annual Netizens' Choice Awards
October 2007 Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific – 2X Consecutive Winner - Deloitte
October 2007 Technology Fast 50 China – 2X Consecutive Winner - Deloitte
May 2007 2006 Most Influential IT Training Institution – Beijing Evening News
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November 2006 Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific – Deloitte
November 2006 Technology Fast 50 China – Deloitte