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ARLINGTON, Virginia, January 27, 2003

UMT is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Eric Kirkland as its Vice President of Operations.

Dr. Kirkland will play a lead role in strengthening UMT's US business and education processes. His duties include maintaining and enhancing UMT's educational infrastructure, identifying and managing personnel needs, and maintaining and enhancing procedures for running the US business and educational operations.

"We're very pleased that Eric is able to join us," said UMT President Yanping Chen. "His background makes him an ideal choice to help oversee the expansion of UMT's domestic operations."

Prior to joining UMT, Dr. Kirkland was the Vice President and Director of Education at Grantham University. While at Grantham, he helped increase student enrollments five-fold over the past year and took the lead role in reorganizing and enhancing the university's distance education programs.

"UMT has enormous potential for growth," Dr. Kirkland said. "I'm looking forward to working with the university's management and staff to expand its enrollments and course offerings."

UMT has the world's largest project management education program and well-known faculty members. Based in Arlington, Virginia, UMT offers MBA and MS degree programs, certificate programs, online training courses, and corporate training programs. UMT has programs in China, Australia, the UK, Taiwan, Morocco, and Poland.

Dr. Kirkland earned his doctorate in research methodology from the University of Virginia, where he also completed his bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in education. He has an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in management with areas of concentration in entrepreneurship and strategic planning.

His career has included management of computer systems design and development projects for Oracle, Integrated Microcomputer Systems, Transportation Management Systems, Texas Instruments, and Lunenburg County Public Schools. He has numerous presentations and publications, including several U.S. patents.

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