Cambridge English and China's National Education Examinations Authority (NEEA) celebrated 25 years of collaboration with a special meeting in Cambridge that brought together experts from both organisations.
Dr Han Yu Vice President of NEEA was guest of honour in Cambridge along with 20 of his colleagues from NEEA. During the last 25 years the two organisations have worked together to deliver English language qualifications in China, along with a number of high-profile research and academic projects. The partnership began in 1993 when the Cambridge English Business qualifications were offered in China through NEEA's network, at a time when China recognised the importance of English language for business. The exams are now taken by hundreds of thousands of students every year in China.
Christine Nuttall, Interim Chief Executive of Cambridge English, worked with NEEA in the early days of the collaboration. She said:
'Our mission at Cambridge English is to help people learn English and prove their skills to the world and for more than two decades our Chinese partners at NEEA have been a big part of this. We are a not for profit department of Cambridge University and through our collaborative efforts we have managed to increase opportunities for millions of enthusiastic English language learners in China. This is something that we're really proud of and it's a real pleasure to welcome Dr Han YU and the delegation to Cambridge for what will be a great chance to share expertise and plan for the future'.
The representatives from NEEA will now take part in a two-week training programme, organised by Cambridge Assessment. During the programme they will meet experts from across the group and will focus on sharing expertise in assessment and exam reforms.