A Hong Kong software and systems integration firm has helped launch what it bills as China's first integrated education resources Web site for teachers. Teacher.com.cn aims to deliver training and continuing education for primary and secondary school teachers across the country via a satellite link. The site's backers hope to establish more than 60,000 member sites in five years and reach 4.8 million teachers. China has 570,000 primary and secondary schools, employing more than 10 million teachers. Mainland school teachers are required by law to renew their teaching certificates every five years, and time spent studying on teacher.com.cn will be recognised by the Ministry of Education as counting towards the certificates. The site is the brainchild of China Northeast Normal University, and was jointly developed by 14 provincial education institutes. Hong Kong-listed Technology Venture Holdings (TVH) supplied mainframes, middleware and databases for the site, and developed the application software. The site will be hosted by Sina.com, and is built on a Hughes Network DirecPC satellite platform through mainland broadband satellite provider ChinaCast. Sina.com is also involved with input on Internet and networking issues. The site was formally opened by Yuan Guiren, China's deputy minister of education, in Beijing on December 28. The project was financed by China Northeast Normal University, Beijing Dong Shi Da Company, TVH and ChinaCast under a profit-sharing arrangement. The site aims to be self-funding by working as an intermediary between the educational and commercial sectors and by selling training materials. TVH expects the site's earnings to exceed 100 million yuan (HK$94 million) in two years. ChinaCast chief operating officer Li Wei said technology could cut the cost of education and bring it to more remote areas. 'Resources can therefore be reallocated to the less developed Western District for the advancement of education, which will ultimately bring forth a faster pace of social and economic development in this part of the country.' In recent years, TVH and ChinaCast have worked together on educational products with partners including Beijing Medical University, Beijing Aeronautics and Astronautics University, Beijing Science and Technology University and China Southwest Normal University.