Matrix, a leading Israeli information technology (IT) company, is opening a massive training center in Nanjing, a city that is home to more than 500 Chinese IT companies employing 400,000 people.

John Bryce Hi-Tech College, the training division of Matrix, is running the center in cooperation with the Nanjing Quality & Inspection Center, which authorizes every software product developed in the city before going out to the market; and the PTL Group, an investment and management Chinese-based company owned by Israeli shareholders.

The new center will also be used by Matrix Global as a platform to offer QA (quality assurance) services for Chinese software customers.

“Over the past years of joint operations with Matrix in China, we have seen a dramatic change in the local market of advanced services, mainly in software and IT — a highly preferred sector by the Chinese government and its R&D plans,” said Zvi Shalgo, CEO of PTL Group.

Expenditures on IT in China exceeded $300 billion in 2013, Shalgo noted.

Nanjing Vice Mayor Luo Qun was on hand for the inauguration ceremony along with Israeli executives from Matrix Global, Matrix China, John Bryce and PTL Group.

Matrix first ventured into China more than six years ago, establishing John Bryce colleges in Shanghai and Beijing. These centers serve international clients such as Intel, SAP, EMC, Autodesk and Adobe, as well as Chinese corporate giants including China Mobile. To date, John Bryce China has trained some 8,000 senior high-tech engineers.

A year ago in Changzhou, Matrix Global and PTL Group launched a development center for mobile apps that also provides development, QA and localization services to foreign companies entering the Chinese market, as well as to Chinese companies seeking higher standards in order to export their software products to international markets.

Yoav Chernitz, CEO Matrix China, said: “China is in the process of moving from a production economy to an innovation and R&D economy. As part of this trend, the Chinese are focused on upgrading the level of training and know-how of their professional workforce in this field.”