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CDEL to Offer Self-taught Higher Education Study Process Monitoring Program in Yunnan

January 27, 2010

BEIJING, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ — China Distance Education
Holdings Limited (NYSE: DL) (“CDEL” or the “Company”), a leading provider of
online education in China focusing on professional education, today announced
that the Company has obtained approval to offer study process monitoring
programs for self-taught higher education learners in Yunnan Province, and has
signed a multi-year exclusive contract with the Yunnan Provincial Admission
Education and Examination Authority (Yunnan AEA), the designated administrator
of self-taught higher education in Yunnan, to offer the program.

As part of the agreement, CDEL and Yunnan AEA will jointly develop and
operate a new self-taught study process monitoring supplementary education
online platform, http://yunnan.zikao365.com .

The self-taught higher education program is a self-study program designed
to allow learners in China to obtain post-secondary education without having
to pass the Uniform Entrance Exams (“Gaokao”) or attend a traditional college
or university. Degrees are granted by the Ministry of Education (“MOE”) to
self-taught learners who have passed all exams relating to the diploma or
degree courses and who satisfy certain other requirements. Traditionally, 100%
of the credits needed to pass self taught programs are earned through final
exam scores administered by the MOE. Through CDEL’s study process monitoring
program, learners can earn up to 30% of their credits from attendance,
assignments and quizzes. The program is designed to foster meaningful learning
habits and strengthen the overall educational process.

Mr. Zhengdong Zhu, Chairman and CEO of CDEL commented, “Following the
successful launch in Tianjin, and new contracts signed in Beijing and Jiangsu
in 2009, I am pleased to announce the continued expansion of our self-taught
program in 2010 with this new partnership with Yunnan AEA. As a major province
in Southern China, Yunnan Province accounts for roughly 150,000 of the
approximately ten million self-taught higher education examination takers in
China. We expect to see enrollment contribution from the Yunnan program in
2010.

“We believe this contract demonstrates the positive momentum building
behind our self-taught higher education program. Given the large market
opportunity in self-taught study process monitoring and the strong reputation
we have built in the field, we are confident in the long-term potential of
this segment.”

About China Distance Education Holdings Limited

China Distance Education Holdings Limited is a leading provider of online
education in China focusing on professional education. The courses offered by
the Company through its websites are designed to help professionals and other
course participants obtain and maintain the skills, licenses and
certifications necessary to pursue careers in China in the areas of accounting,
law, healthcare, construction engineering, information technology and other
industries. The Company also offers online test preparation courses to
self-taught learners pursuing higher education diplomas or degrees and to
secondary school and college students preparing for various academic and
entrance exams. In addition, the Company offers online foreign language
courses. For further information please visit http://ir.cdeledu.com .

    For more information, please contact:

    China Distance Education Holdings Limited
     Lingling Kong, Investor Relations Manager
     Tel:   +86-10-8231-9999 x191
     Email: IR@cdeledu.com

    Investor Relations (HK):
     Ruby Yim, Managing Director
     Taylor Rafferty
     Tel:   +852-2167-2008
     Email: cdel@taylor-rafferty.com

    Investor Relations (US):
     Mahmoud Siddig, Director
     Taylor Rafferty
     Tel:   +1-212-889-4350
     Email: cdel@taylor-rafferty.com

SOURCE China Distance Education Holdings Limited


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