Spins Off E-commerce Training Arm

Chinese e-commerce giant has announced that it has officially spun off Alibaba (China) Education Technology Company, informally known as "Ali-Institute", as a subsidiary company of

Through its curriculum, Ali-Institute will serve as an incubator for e-commerce talent in China, creating a pool of trained, qualified people for small and medium enterprises to recruit from to run their growing e-commerce operations. As an additional benefit, Ali-Institute is expected to help enhance the employment rate of new university graduates.

Established in September 2004, Ali-Institute has educated more than 30,000 people to date on e-commerce applications. Of the students who joined the course in 2007, more than 90% were either employed by a company or have started their own business.

According to iResearch, there was demand in China for 2.3 million e-commerce workers in 2008, but a lack of talented, experienced e-commerce executives meant that only 41% of the demand was met. Ali-Institute is designed to help close that shortfall.

David Wei, the CEO of said that Ali-Institute was spun out because education is a very different business model, and would be better as a standalone company. However he added that this was a key component to supporting the growth of small businesses, so it will be very well tied in with the company's B2B activities and all the other group companies.

You May Also Like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.