The Association of Australian Education Representatives in India has signed a memorandum of understanding with TOEFL to promote alternative language testing services following agents' concerns around IDP’s acquisition of IELTS in the country.
IDP’s recent acquisition of British Council's IELTS operations in India has raised concerns from multiple agencies in the country around dual language testing and student recruitment business interests, with a prior case lodged with the Competition Commission of India being cited.
The British Council has announced that it will sell its IELTS business in India to IDP for £130m on a debt free and cash free basis. The sale comes after the British Council faced financial difficulties due to Covid-19.
With English language testing suspended in China since February, hundreds of thousands of students are currently trying to secure English language qualifications that will allow them to attend universities abroad.