SOURCE: Oracle Corporation

Oracle Corporation

January 17, 2011 17:56 ET

The Oracle Education Foundation Partners With World Wildlife Fund Italy

Students Will Use ThinkQuest Learning Platform to Collaborate on Biodiversity Initiative

CINISELLO BALSAMO, ITALY--(Marketwire - January 17, 2011) - Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL)

News Facts

  • The Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund Italy (WWF) to launch the Biodiversity Experiences Network, an innovative online learning initiative for students and teachers. WWF is the world's leading conservation organization.

  • The initiative will leverage ThinkQuest, OEF's online learning platform. ThinkQuest helps students develop important 21st century skills, including critical thinking, communication, and technology skills.

  • Participating students will observe local biodiversity and use ThinkQuest to create multimedia projects that present their solutions for protecting the ecosystem.

  • Representatives from WWF Italy and conservation experts will select the best projects and award students with trips to WWF educational programs and with laptops.

  • Students who create English-language projects will also be eligible to participate in the ThinkQuest International Competition 2011 and receive additional prizes, including a trip to ThinkQuest Live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • ThinkQuest currently supports over 548,000 students and teachers in 47 countries.

Supporting Quotes

  • "The Oracle Education Foundation is proud to partner with WWF Italy," said Orfhlaith Ni Chorcora, Senior Director, Oracle Education Initiatives. "The hands-on project work with WWF coupled with the development of web-based projects in ThinkQuest is a recipe for a powerful learning experience that enables students to develop critical 21st century skills."

  • "Oracle is committed to advancing education in innovative ways, protecting the environment, and enriching community life. Our partnership with WWF Italy supports all three of these goals," said Sergio Rossi, Country Manager of Oracle Italy. "We look forward to seeing students' innovative ideas for promoting environmental sustainability."

  • "Our partnership with the Oracle Education Foundation will help Italian students realize the value of biodiversity through hands-on activities," said Stefano Leoni, President, WWF Italy. "We are especially pleased to be launching this ThinkQuest project in 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity."

Supporting Resources

About World Wildlife Fund
WWF is the world's leading conservation organization, working in 100 countries for nearly half a century. With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, halt the degradation of the environment and combat climate change. Visit to learn more.

About the Oracle Education Foundation
The Oracle Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle. It delivers ThinkQuest, an online learning platform that helps students develop important 21st century skills, including communication, critical thinking, and technology skills. ThinkQuest includes a project environment that supports collaborative learning; technology competitions that challenge students to solve real-world problems; the award-winning ThinkQuest Library, a learning resource visited by millions; and professional development for educators. ThinkQuest supports over 548,000 students and teachers in 47 countries. To learn more, visit

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Contact Information

  • Contacts

    Team Oracle Italia (Daniela Sarti, Alfonsa Butera)
    t: +39 02 0066290
    e: Email Contact

    Stefano Cassola
    Corporate Communications Manager Italy and Switzerland
    e: Email Contact