Cambridge Assessment – the international exam group of the University of Cambridge, is looking to expand its base in India by offering International level English education to students, teachers and professionals from varied sector.
Talking to Education Times, Saul Nasse, group chief executive, Cambridge Assessment, says, “With the rise in digitisation, India is a big scope for us to strengthen our presence and allow more students and professionals to upgrade their English as well as overall learning skills.”
Cambridge Assessment is envisioning to collaborate with state and central governments along with private IT firms. “Our digital presence has increased from 15% to 43%. India has a strong digital market, we are aiming to reach deeper corners of the country. Since shortage of teachers is a concern in rural India; we plan to enhance our teacher training courses,” says Peter Phillips, chief executive, Cambridge University Press.
In the past, Cambridge Assessment has teamed up with Gujarat to build Gujarat English Language Test, which trains the state’s youth to become proficient in English. In addition to this, it has also teamed up with various universities and learning centres in Chennai and Pune to train the working professionals.
“The only challenge with commercial organisations is that they look for a direct, immediate return on investment although they want to support education,” adds Phillips.
“Our test scores are accepted by various universities and employers across the globe. For example, we have an assessment called Occupational English Test, which is widely taken up by medical professionals aspiring to abroad,” says Nasse.
Cambridge Assessment International Education, another subsidiary of Cambridge Assessment offers primary, upper primary, lower secondary and advanced course curriculum on English, Science and Math. It also conducts the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exam, which is equivalent to the UK’s General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exam.
“What we deliver is an international benchmark so that a school in Delhi has the same standard of education as that of a school in Dublin,” says Nasse.