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Today, global academic integrity and assessment solutions provider, Turnitin, announced the completion of its acquisition of Ouriginal from Nordic private equity firm, Procuritas. Together the companies strengthen their shared mission to support universities and schools around the globe in upholding academic integrity.
Ouriginal, a company formed from the union of Urkund and PlagScan, has over three decades of experience in combining text-matching with writing-style analysis to promote academic integrity and prevent plagiarism in schools and universities. Amongst other notable accolades, the company was recently named EdTech Company of the Year 2021 by Higher Education Digest.
Ouriginal’s customer base, located primarily in the DACH (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) and Nordic regions, complements Turnitin’s presence in other parts of Europe and around the world.
“We could not have asked for stronger mission alignment,” says Turnitin CEO Chris Caren. “The Ouriginal team are experts in academic integrity and understand the needs of universities, educators, and students in DACH and Nordic countries. We are excited to join forces to better serve educational institutions worldwide.”
“Ouriginal is proud to be part of the global Turnitin family,” says Ouriginal CEO Andreas Ohlson. “Giving our users the most advanced, comprehensive academic integrity services has always been the top priority for us. By combining with Turnitin, we will continue to enhance our product capabilities and provide a leading service for our clients.”
The announcement confirms the intent of acquisition made March 15, 2021.
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With more than three decades of knowledge and expertise, Ouriginal delivers cutting-edge technology in the field of text-matching and plagiarism prevention. Their software helps enhance the potential of students to think originally, saves time for teachers when evaluating assignments, and assists corporations preserve their reputations.
Procuritas Capital Investors VI (“PCI VI”) is a private equity fund focusing on mid-sized companies in the Nordic region. PCI VI launched in 2017, with €318 million in committed capital. With a passion for business, extensive experience, and more than thirty years’ track record covering a large variety of transactions, Procuritas has supported more than 40 companies with the aim to accelerate their growth and realize their true business potential.
Turnitin is a global company dedicated to ensuring the integrity of education and meaningfully improving learning outcomes. For 25 years, Turnitin has partnered with educational institutions to promote honesty, consistency, and fairness across all subject areas and assessment types. Turnitin products are used by educational institutions and certification and licensing programs to uphold integrity and increase learning performance, and by students and professionals to do their best, original work.
Turnitin has offices in Australia, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, The United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Over 16,000 academic institutions, publishers, and corporations use Turnitin services: Gradescope by Turnitin, iThenticate, Turnitin Feedback Studio, Turnitin Originality, Turnitin Similarity, ExamSoft by Turnitin, ProctorExam, and Ouriginal.
Turnitin has entered into an agreement with Nordic private equity firm