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Category: Middle East

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Chatsworth Schools launches in Dubai

Blenheim Schools, part of Chatsworth Schools, has formed a partnership with Education Ventures Company, a ...
4 weeks
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UAE: Cognita buys Dubai primary school

Cognita has acquired Ranches Primary School in Dubai, building on a series of recent takeovers ...
3 months
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Saudi Arabia: SEK international school to open in Riyadh

SEK Education Group is to open SEK International School Riyadh, its first campus in Saudi ...
4 months
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Interview: Tutoring platform launches $100m fundraise ahead of global M&A drive

Cuemath, an India-based online maths-tutoring provider, will embark on an acquisition spree after it closes ...
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Welcome Nurseries launches in the UAE

Welcome Nurseries, one of the fastest growing nursery groups in the UK, is launching in ...
4 months
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UAE to allow 100% foreign ownership in ‘bounce’ for education sector

The United Arab Emirates’ government has announced that foreign investors will be permitted to establish ...
6 months
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Exclusive: Canadian pension fund nears deal for minority stake in ISP

The investment arm of a Canadian pension fund is closing in on a deal to ...
7 months
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Views from the Top: Amanat outlines investment strategy following Taaleem exit

Amanat Holdings aims to build a pan-MENA higher education platform and is actively seeking new ...
7 months
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Qatar: Three private universities to open

Qatar’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education is to open three new private universities in ...
7 months
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UAE: Amanat exits Taaleem in $95m sale

Dubai-listed private equity house Amanat Holdings has exited its position in private school operator Taaleem, ...
7 months
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Lebanon: Inspired acquires private tutoring digital platform

Private school operator Inspired Education has acquired private tutoring company Ostaz.
8 months
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Views from the Top: Repton School targeting ‘significant’ expansion overseas and weighing UK deals

Repton, the prestigious British private school group, is looking to consolidate its position in the ...
8 months
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UK: Graphite Capital backs global OPM provider

Graphite Capital, the UK mid-market private equity house, has acquired a significant minority stake in ...
8 months
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UAE: Cognita acquires English school in Dubai

International schools operator Cognita has acquired Horizon English School in Dubai from Al Najah Education.
9 months
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Exclusive: International schooling giant seeks minority investor

An auction of a minority stake in one of the world’s largest international school operators ...
9 months
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Exclusive: Cognita pushes for mega-merger with ISP

Cognita and its owner have approached Partners Group around a takeover of its portfolio company ...
12 months
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UAE: Cognita to launch RGS Guildford offshoot in Dubai

International schools operator Cognita has struck a deal with Royal Grammar School (RGS) Guildford to ...
1 year
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UAE: Amanat abandons sale of Middlesex University Dubai

Dubai-based education- and healthcare-focused investment firm Amanat Holdings has terminated the sale and purchase agreement ...
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Israel: Course Hero acquires mathematics ed tech Symbolab

Course Hero, an online learning platform for course-specific study resources based in California, has acquired ...
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Dubai-based buyout group joins New York ed tech’s Series C

Dubai-based Amanat Holdings, the Gulf Cooperation Council’s largest education and healthcare investment company, has made ...
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Amity Group targets Middle East expansion under $35m investment

Education provider Amity Group is planning to open new schools in Ras Al Khaimah in ...
1 year
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Exclusive: ISP owner mulls multibillion-euro exit of global school group

Partners Group, owner of International Schools Partnership (ISP), is weighing a partial or full exit ...
1 year
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Qatar: Barwa Bank exits school property investment

Qatar-based Barwa Bank has exited its investment in two schools in Al Wakra, which were ...
1 year
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GEMS secures $150m of new debt eight months after tapping bond market for nearly $1 billion

GEMS Education has raised $150 million in debt funding less than a year after it ...
1 year
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United Arab Emirates: Amanat confirms sale of Middlesex University Dubai to Study World

United Arab Emirates-listed private equity firm Amanat Holdings is to sell Middlesex University Dubai to ...
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First Chinese private school to open in Dubai

The Chinese School Dubai, mainly focused on catering to the Chinese community in the emirate, ...
1 year
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The American University of Bahrain appoints chief operating officer

The American University of Bahrain (AUBH) has appointed William D Hurt as chief operating officer. ...
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Study World may buy Middlesex University Dubai

Amanat Holdings is in exclusive talks with Dubai-based Study World Education Holding Group to sell ...
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Saudi Arabian government wants private investors to expand SEN and boarding provision

Saudi Arabia’s education minister has said his department is working on plans to attract investors ...
1 year
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United Arab Emirates: Shareholders in school property fund call for official probe into its manager

A Dubai-listed real estate investment trust (REIT) which owns multiple private school sites is facing ...
1 year
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United Arab Emirates: GEMS leader forecasts consolidation and school closures in wake of Covid-19

The leader of the United Arab Emirates’ largest for-profit school chain has said that the ...
1 year
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United Arab Emirates: GEMS Education announces Dubai school closure due to Covid-19 impact

GEMS Education, the United Arab Emirates’ largest for-profit school group, has closed one of its ...
1 year
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Saudi ed tech Noon Academy nets $13m in oversubscribed round after doubling users since pandemic began

Saudi Arabia-based ed tech Noon Academy, which claims to be the fastest-growing platform of its ...
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UAE: American private schools announce tie-up as pressure mounts on finances

Two American schools in Sharjah will merge to reduce costs, in the latest sign of ...
1 year
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Shifting sands: United Arab Emirates’ private education market set to shrink 12% by September

The United Arab Emirates’ private education market is poised to contract by between 10% and ...
2 years
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UAE: Government weighs extension of e-learning requirements into next academic year

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is considering extending requirements around distance learning into the next ...
2 years
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Majority of international students expect to start studies as planned – survey

A survey of nearly 7,000 students with offers from universities overseas has found that more ...
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UAE: Schools’ online provision to be inspected as students continue e-learning

Schools in the United Arab Emirates will have their online provision inspected, as the ongoing ...
2 years
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Saudi Arabia: Al Rajhi REIT acquires school in Dammam

Al Rajhi REIT Fund has acquired Rowad AlKhaleej International School in Dammam on the east ...
2 years
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Dubai: Coded Minds acquires EdgeMakers STEM Learning Lab

Coded Minds, a Dubai-based global education company, has acquired EdgeMakers STEM Learning Lab, an education ...
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Egypt: Taaleem receives equity investment

Taaleem Management Services Company, an Egyptian higher education platform that manages local private university Nahda ...
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Dubai: $6.8m expansion for French school

Investment service Equitativa and Lycée Français Jean Mermoz have broken ground on a $6.8million expansion ...
2 years
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Abu Dhabi to open graduate level AI university

It was announced today in Abu Dhabi that the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial ...
2 years
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Kazakhstan: Singaporean company to invest $200m in education

Singaporean company KinderWorld International Group is planning to invest $200 million in constructing a kindergarten, ...
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GEMS Education issues $900m of bonds

Dubai-based GEMS Education has raised $900 million in senior secured notes maturing in 2026, Zawya ...
2 years
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Kuwait: Coded raises $1.3 million Pre-Series A

Coded has raised $1.3 million in Pre-Series A in a round led by KISP Ventures, ...
2 years
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Egypt: COLNN receives seed funding

Giza-based ed trech start-up, COLNN has received $100,000 in seed funding from EdVentures, a corporate ...
2 years
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Dubai: GEMS Education to meet banks for refinancing

Dubai-based GEMS Education will meet banks in London and New York this week to discuss ...
2 years
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Egyptian ed tech Orcas secures Pre-Series A funding

Egyptian start-up Orcas has raised $500,000 in Pre-Series A funding in a round led by ...
2 years
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Saudi Arabia: Noon Academy raises $8.6m

Riyadh-based online learning platform Noon Academy has raised $8.6 million in Series A funding, co-led ...
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Jordan: Little Thinking Minds raises $1.3 million in Series A

Amman-based ed tech start-up Little Thinking Minds has raised $1.265 million in Series A funding, ...
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Saudi Arabia: GEMS and Saudi pension fund acquire private school operator

Dubai-based GEMS Education and Hassana Investment Company, the investment arm of Saudi Arabia’s state-run pension ...
2 years
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Dubai: Amanat Holdings sees 43% jump in profits

 Dubai-based Amanat Holdings, the Gulf Co-operation Council’s largest healthcare and education investment firm, reported Dh20.7 ...
3 years
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GEMS in talks to buy Saudi school chain

Dubai-based school operator GEMS Education is in advanced talks to invest in Saudi Arabia’s Maarif ...
3 years
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Dubai: Ed tech disruptor closes funding round

Dubai-based education technology firm Coded Minds has closed its latest round of funding from a ...
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Saudi Arabia: Alkhabeer expands into education

Jeddah-based Alkhabeer Capital, an asset management company specialising in alternative investments, has acquired 100% equity ...
3 years
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Kazakhstan: SABIS to build school in Astana

Global educational network SABIS is to build an international school in the Kazak capital Astana ...
3 years
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Egypt: Kaumeya Language School acquires private school in Alexandria

NBK Capital Partners, an alternative investments firm that advises on providing flexible growth capital to ...
3 years
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Oasis500 has announced it has exited partially from one of its regional ed tech start-ups, ...
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Abu Dhabi: Priory partnership provides school for autistic youngsters

The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) today announced the official opening of ...
3 years
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Dubai private schools to cater for special needs children

All private schools in Dubai must cater for special needs children by 2020, according to ...
3 years
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“Study in the UAE” campaign launched

A campaign promoting the United Arab Emirates as study destination for international students was launched ...
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Egypt: EFG Hermes completes oversubscribed fund

Cairo-based EFG Hermes, a financial services corporation in frontier emerging markets, has, via its private ...
3 years
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Jordan: Arab language ed tech raises seed funding

Amman-based ed tech start-up Little Thinking Minds has raised $1,265,000 in Series A funding led ...
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Dubai: GEMS Education repays sukuk

GEMS Education has repaid a $200 million sukuk – an Islamic bond – and plans ...
3 years
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Saudi Arabia to offer privatisation deals by March

The Saudi Arabian government will offer international investors the chance to invest in a raft ...
3 years
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Saudi Arabia: GEMS signs $800m deal

The Saudi Arabian government has launched an $800 million, 10-year initiative for a network of ...
3 years
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GEMS Education investors considering sale

Blackstone Group and other investors in GEMS Education are considering the sale of a 25% ...
3 years
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Saudi Arabia: Bloom Education set to enter market

Abu Dhabi-based Bloom Education is “very advanced” talks to build new schools and nurseries in ...
3 years
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Dubai offers free education to children of its police force

The children of Dubai’s police force will be offered free education under a new initiative ...
3 years
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Dubai: Amanat profit up

Amanat Holdings, the Gulf Cooperation Council’s largest education and healthcare investment company, has announced first ...
3 years
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Dubai: Amanat deploys 73% of capital on Middlesex University buyout

Amanat Holdings has injected 73% of its total capital into its Dh369 million (£78.1 million) ...
3 years
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Dubai freezes rent on education property assets

Dubai has frozen rents on assets leased to investors in its education sector for the ...
3 years
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GEMS cancels IPO

The multibillion pound initial public offering of Blackstone-backed, international education company GEMS has been shelved, ...
3 years
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Saudi Arabia: Ma’arif considers sale

The owners of Ma’arif for Education & Training, the largest owner and operator of private ...
3 years
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Abu Dhabi University invests in new campus

Abu Dhabi University (ADU) is spending AED300 million (£62 million) on its new campus in ...
3 years
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Egypt signs protocol for UK universities

The Egyptian government has signed a protocol with envoys from British universities to establish campuses ...
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Dubai: Amanat acquires North London Collegiate School assets

Amanat Holdings, the largest education and healthcare investment company in the Gulf Cooperation Council, has ...
3 years
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Abraaj to sell Dubai campus

Troubled investor The Abraaj Group is selling its stake in Middlesex University’s Dubai campus to ...
3 years
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Dubai: Fund set up for refugees’ education

Emirati businessman and philanthropist Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair has set up a AED100 million (£20.6 ...
3 years
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Dubai: Foundation pledges millions for education

The Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation in Dubai says it has earmarked AED65 million (£13.2 ...
3 years
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Dubai helps fund education for the world’s most desperate

Dubai Airports and philanthropic organisation Dubai Cares has raised AED1.5 million (£307,000) for Dubai Cares’ ...
3 years
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Egypt: EFG Hermes acquires schools portfolio

Egyptian investment bank EFG Hermes has signed a deal with Cairo-based Talaat Moustafa Group Holding ...
4 years
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Dubai: Emirates REIT acquires French school

Emirates REIT has acquired Lycée Français Jean Mermoz for AED75 million (£15.2 million), raising the ...
4 years
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Abraaj: Ashish Dave

Ashish Dave, chief financial officer at Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj, has resigned from the ...
4 years
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Abraaj CEO Ashish Dave resigns

Ashish Dave, chief financial officer at Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj, has resigned from the ...
4 years
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Saudi Arabia: State invests $20bn in education and healthcare fund

The sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), has invested ...
4 years
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Kuwait: CISI partners with Gulf University for Science and Technology

The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) has partnered with the Gulf Financial Centre ...
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Dubai: GEMS Education partners up with Aimia to develop rewards scheme

International K12 operator GEMS has combined forces with Canadian data and loyalty analytics company Aimia ...
5 years
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Saudi Arabia: Alinma acquires Amjad Qurtoba Schools

The Alinma Education Fund (AEF) has acquired private schools group Amjad Qurtoba Schools for an ...
5 years
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Saudi Arabia: HSBC appointed as privatisation advisor for school buildings

HSBC has been appointed by Saudi Arabia as financial advisor for its plans to privatise ...
5 years
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GEMS education seeking $500m loan

Private schools group GEMS Education is raising $500 million (£399.4 million) through a loan facility, ...
5 years
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Saudi Arabia: Another institution pulls out of Colleges of Excellence

Canada’s Algonquin College has become the latest college to announce it is pulling out of ...
5 years
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GEMS Education ‘preparing for IPO’, say sources

Private schools group GEMS Education is in the early stages of preparing for an initial ...
6 years
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Abraaj backs Egypt’s Tiba group

Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Group has invested an undisclosed sum in Tiba, an education ...
6 years
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GEMS Education closes Dh3 billion refi

GEMS Education, the Dubai-based schools group, has closed a Dh3 billion (£530 million) debt refinancing ...
6 years
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Dubai to open 27 new private schools in 2016

Dubai’s education regulator has said that 27 new private schools offering 63,000 seats will open ...
6 years
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Dubai: Fees raised at 117 private schools

Dubai's regulator has approved tuition fee increases at 117 private schools for the next academic ...
6 years
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GEMS Education to invest $200m in India

Private school group GEMS Education has said it will invest over $200 million (£129.1 million) ...
7 years
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Dubai faces mounting schools shortage

Dubai will need to open at least 52 new schools by 2020, but a lack of ...
7 years

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