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Masuyo Ando, the president and COO of PROGOS Inc., was elected as the first Japanese judge for the world’s largest education competition, “Reimagine Education Award 2021.”

RareJob, Inc. (hereafter, “RareJob”), which utilizes data related to human resource to develop global talents, announced that President and COO of PROGOS Inc.(hereafter, “PROGOS”), was elected as the first Japanese judge for the world’s largest education competition “Reimagine Education Award 2021.” 

Reimagine Education Award is the world’s largest award for innovative pedagogies, and more than 1,400 applications were submitted from 72 countries worldwide last year. Ms Ando was honorably selected from more than 500 candidates across the world as an EdTech specialist for the judge panel this year.

Last year, the AI business speaking test PROGOS® won the silver prize in the assessment category as RareJob group. RareJob group was the first Japanese organization to receive this award, which means that the innovative value of the test was recognized in the global standard. Ms Ando will further contribute to and promote educational innovation through EdTech in the world as a judge.
With Ms Ando’s appointment as a judge for the award, we promote further collaboration with EdTech experts and companies worldwide.

Reasons for the selection: CEO of QS which sponsors “Reimagine Education Award 2021”

Nunzio Quacquarelli, CEO of QS Quacquarelli Symonds, commented below on the selection of Ms Ando as a judge.

“To ensure that we’re identifying the very finest new approaches to teaching and learning, we have selected educational experts from across the world to provide rigorous peer-review of the application cohort. Doing so empowers us to tell students which universities are doing most to provide world-class teaching; it also allows us to tell the sector which edtech solutions are most innovative and impactful. With nearly three decades’ expertise in English Language education and talent development and having overseen a previous winner, Masuyo Ando is exactly the type of innovation-focused specialist we are seeking to provide such insights. We are delighted to welcome her to this year’s panel and look forward to her contributions.”

[Profile] Masuyo Ando, President and COO, PROGOS Inc.

After working for Nomura Research Institute and a German pharmaceutical company, she moved to the United States. She got master degrees and worked for a US-based company while she was there for seven and a half years, then she returned to Japan. She has over 25 years of experience in the fields of English education and global human resources development. She has focused on the promotion of TOEIC® in companies and universities and global talent development for nearly seven years as the manager in the Institute for International Business Communication. She joined RareJob in 2020 after she worked as an executive officer of an EdTech company. She has been in her current position since April 2021.

Outline of Reimagine Education Award 2021

・Period : December 6-10, 2021
・Location: Online conference
・Organizers: Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania
・Previous sponsors: Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce, etc.
・Previous winners: Harvard University, MIT, INSEAD, Carnegie Mellon University, Lego, PwC, etc.

[Application for “Reimagine Education Award 2021”]

They accept applications from universities and EdTech companies around the world.  It’s been eight years since its launch, the award has become one of the global educational innovation platforms. The application is free.  Many applications from Japan are also welcome.

・Prize :$50,000
・Deadline for application: Sunday, October 3, 2021, 23:59 (U.K. time)
・Application URLs: https://www.reimagine-education.com/
・About categories: https://www.reimagine-education.com/award-categories/
・About judges:https://www.reimagine-education.com/judging-panel/

・Great opportunity to achieve global recognition as an innovative pedagogy in the educational field.
・Receive ​​feedback from over 300 education experts.
・Applications that pass the screening can be exhibited at the virtual conference (about 2,300 people participated in 2020).

AI-Business English Speaking Test “PROGOS®”

“PROGOS®” is a business English-speaking test that can quickly, easily, and reasonably measure English speaking ability according to the international standard CEFR. AI technology realizes scoring automation and confirms the measurement result in a short time of 2 to 3 minutes at the fastest. In addition to the comprehensive evaluation, six indicators assess your skills individually and lead to efficient learning by grasping each weakness.

・For more information about PROGOS: https://progos.ai/en/

・Awards received:
Silver Prize in Reimagine Education Award 2020 Learning Assessment
– Commendation Startup Award at the 6th HR Technology Awards


About PROGOS Inc.

Address: 6th Floor, CRANES Park Building, 18-1, Jingumae 6-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Representative: Masuyo Ando, President and COO
Business: Services related to assessment, training, and recruitment of global leaders

Press Contacts

PR Department, RareJob, Inc.
Email: press@rarejob.co.jp