Pearson Test of English Academic is continuing its rapid global expansion with new test centres in Nigeria and Iraq, and has plans to open centres in 20 markets this year including Malaysia, Vietnam, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. It will be working with a UK university in partnership overseas too.
A new international strategy from UCAS, significant opportunity in markets such as Indonesia and Iraq and a revelatory update from Universities UK all featured in a information-loaded BUILA annual conference last week. Organisations working hard to boost the sector's international capabilities interacted with delegates in the Scottish capital.
English UK and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have signed a major agreement to develop ELT across Iraqi Kurdistan and enable English UK members to leverage opportunities presented through a scholarship programme.
On March 7, the outgoing Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Higher Education announced a reduction in the number of recognised "excellent" universities in the UK, for scholarship students. Since then, many UK universities have been pushing for re-recognition, and a UK Minister has backed them.