Demonstrating how the world of assessment can help to link the world of English language learners to the worlds of school (education) and work (the social world). Cheng Pier is pictured above, centre left.
More than 120 participants gathered in the ballroom from 8.30am to attend "Business English and Global Career Development", jointly organised by Cambridge English and Nanyang Technological University Alumni Association (NTUAA) Myanmar. The event was graced by representatives from the British and Singapore Embassies, delivering welcome speeches from their respective ambassadors who were out of Yangon. The participants comprised personnel from Government, Higher Education and Corporate, including a mystery participant – a member of parliament who sat quietly among the audience listening attentively to all the discussions.
Two keynote speakers, Professor Daw Hla Myint, Academic Advisor, Panna Institute, and Dr Nick Saville, Director of Research and Thought Leadership at Cambridge English, shared the 'Importance of English in Developing Your Career' and 'Workplace Readiness', respectively. The audience were particularly intrigued by Nick's 'Four world's of learning' (pictured below) in which he demonstrated how the world of assessment can help link the world of English language learners to the worlds of school (education) and work (the social world). Cambridge English help learners to learn more effectively - and then provides them with useful qualifications to prove their skills in the world of work. This helps learners understand what they need to do in order to get better paid jobs or get promoted more quickly.
Representatives from Hospitality (Shangri La HR Director), Higher Education (MD, STI Myanmar University), Non-Governmental Organisations (Mobile Education Partnerships), IT (CEO, Myanmar Information Technology Pte Ltd) and Cambridge English (QS Report) delighted the enthusiastic audience with their experiences in recruitment and training for their staff.
Bob Anderson from Mobile Education Partnership related to the audience how Cambridge English qualifications make a lot of difference to teachers in the migrant community – a global recognition.
A big thank you to Nick Charge, Vidya Bhat and many more colleagues in Network Services and Operations who made the delivery of Cambridge English Key (KET) and Cambridge English Preliminary (PET) in Kachin State possible despite many challenges. This is a good start for our commitment to Myanmar and I am confident that Cambridge English will make more impactful contributions in the very near future.
Lim Cheng Pier
Regional Director, South East Asia & Pacific, Cambridge English