Watermark and CLICKS Partner to Drive Higher Education Quality and Student Success in the Middle East

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NEW YORK / DUBAI, UAE — October 3, 2018 – Watermark, the largest provider of educational intelligence solutions for higher education worldwide, and the Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS), the Middle East and North African region’s most comprehensive training, support, and consultancy group, announced its partnership this week. Together, Watermark and CLICKS will work to continue advancing practices around quality assurance, outcomes assessment, and student success at higher education institutions throughout the MENA region.

Driven by social demand and governmental policy, the MENA region recently experienced rapid growth in its higher education system, including significant increase in the number of institutions and a proliferation of for-profit institutions in many of its countries. This growth, and a clear focus on internationalization, has made quality improvement of paramount importance to all stakeholders. In response, CLICKS works to provide innovative, capacity-building opportunities and customized knowledge solutions to help institutions achieve sustainable results in their journey towards academic excellence.

With the shared goal to empower better learning, Watermark will serve as CLICKS’ technology partner in support of its teaching and learning, as well as quality assurance and accreditation initiatives. Watermark develops innovative technology systems that support college and university quality initiatives to drive improved learning and institutional outcomes – helping streamline and centralize core processes and delivering extensive data and meaningful insights. The tight alignment of missions and complementary nature of offerings between Watermark and CLICKS set a solid foundation for a partnership focused on improving quality in higher education.

“We greatly value the Center’s work to advance higher education in the MENA region. We are committed to developing the solutions institutions need to meet the challenges of assessment, data collection, and accreditation reporting. Our technology eases these processes so that institutions can focus more on using their data to make meaningful improvements to student and institutional outcomes. As part of our work, we seek partnership with groups like CLICKS, who also make it their mission to advance learning in this way,” said Kevin Michielsen, CEO of Watermark.

Dr. Narimane Hadj-Hamou, CEO of the Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions commented, “We are delighted to partner with Watermark and are beginning to identify areas to join our efforts. Our work with college and university leaders to advance their strategic planning, quality and accreditation, as well as teaching and learning initiatives points to the clear need for the data management and workflow solutions Watermark has demonstrated leadership in developing. We look forward to growing this relationship to support the advancement of higher education quality and research in our region.”

About Center for Learning Innovations & Customized Knowledge Solutions
The Center for Learning Innovations and Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS) provides innovative and customized knowledge solutions that build institutions’ internal capabilities and facilitate their transformation to achieve sustainable results in their journey towards academic excellence. CLICKS was established in response to the significant growth of higher education within the MENA region and the increasing focus of educational institutions to drive academic excellence while remaining competitive through offering creative, customized and on-demand knowledge solutions. CLICKS develops unique expertise in supporting individuals’ academic learning lifecycle from the outset to the post-graduate development phase, relying on the latest developments in higher education. To learn more, visit www.cli-cks.com/.

About Watermark
Watermark’s mission is to put better data into the hands of administrators, faculty, and students everywhere in order to empower them to connect information and gain insights into learning which will drive meaningful improvements. Through its innovative educational intelligence platform, Watermark supports institutions in developing an intentional approach to learning and development based on data they can trust.

Victoria Guzzo
Director of Corporate Communications