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National Technological University to Mark 20th Anniversary.

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 11, 2003

NTU Upgrades Delivery Formats and Introduces Cutting-Edge Courses for Degree, Certificate and Professional Development Programs

As National Technological University (NTU) prepares to mark its 20th anniversary, the nation's first accredited "virtual" university is as bold and visionary today as it was when it pioneered the delivery of master's level engineering courses via satellite in 1984. Keeping up with technology's rapid pace, NTU continues to implement new delivery formats and offer relevant, leading-edge engineering and technology degrees, and certificate and professional development programs.

NTU's unique approach to learning incorporates courses designed and taught by a number of engineering's best-known faculty, allowing students to customize their programs of study and select courses from a variety of NTU's university partners. Students choose courses from engineering and technology programs from across the nation. NTU partners with the University of California, Berkeley, Southern Methodist University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Florida and The University of Arizona, among others.

"By continually listening to our students and their employers, and by working with some of the finest universities and faculty in the world, NTU is able to consistently deliver relevant, cutting-edge academic programs," said NTU Provost Dr. James Patton. "The result: technical professionals equipped with forward-looking skills and the knowledge needed to advance their organization's goals and their own careers. Our students are better able to compete in a global, technical marketplace that waits for no one."

As master's degrees become the entry point for many engineering careers, NTU's Spring 2004 course offerings reflect this growing demand with new courses that include Physiological Engineering Control Systems (with the University of Colorado); Optoelectronics (with The University of Arizona); Advanced VLSI Design (with the University of Massachusetts Amherst). A complete list of program offerings is available at www.ntu.edu/courses.

NTU's Spring 2004 academic lineup includes three new graduate certificate programs and its first bachelor's degree completion program. These new programs address the necessity of a skilled, highly educated technical workforce.

The graduate certificate programs provide comprehensive education and mastery of skills in project management, systems engineering, and durability and reliability in design.

NTU's new bachelor's degree completion program is presented in conjunction with the New Jersey Institute of Technology. This unique program in Information Technology allows students with associate's degrees to build a solid foundation in both software and hardware applications, while concentrating in Management Information Systems, Network Security or Software Engineering.

Beginning in Spring 2004, NTU will introduce a cost-effective delivery format, video compact disc (VCD). VCD offers the visual clarity, convenience and flexibility of a DVD. VCD's are portable and reduce costs for students who choose this delivery format over VHS tape. NTU will continue offering its courses online, and via CD-ROM, DVD and VHS.

"We continue to uphold our reputation by responding to the ever-changing, and growing, requirements of technical professions," said Dr. Patton.

About National Technological University

Founded in 1984, National Technological University (NTU) is the first accredited "virtual" university. NTU is committed to providing access to high-quality education for engineering and IT professionals. Today, with over 300 academic course offerings, technical professionals may choose from 14 master's degrees or numerous graduate-level certificate programs. Through NTU's professional development program, they are also updating their skills and continuing their education. NTU is dedicated to providing its students with a rigorous academic curriculum that instills a passion to pursue knowledge with an integrity that benefits their organizations and the national and global community.

NTU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, located at 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602. The association is online at www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org, and can be reached at 312-263-0456. NTU is a subsidiary of Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLVN). For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.
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