Cambridge joins PM China trade mission visit

02 December 2013

Our Group Chief Executive Simon Lebus is currently accompanying the Prime Minister on his trade mission to Beijing and Shanghai. 

The delegation is accompanied by six Secretaries of State and Senior Ministers and some of the UK’s key business leaders. This mission is the largest of its kind to leave the UK. 

The three day mission will feature a conference session on education and education partnerships, on which Mr Lebus has been asked to join a panel discussion chaired by Minister David Willetts. 

As a not-for-profit organisation, Cambridge Assessment's mission is to promote excellence in education. We do this by playing a leading role in developing and delivering high quality academic and English Language qualifications in over 170 countries around the world. 

Having exported high quality academic and English Language qualifications for the last 130 years we have long known the importance of the education sector to the UK economy. We believe education should support local and national values and we take seriously our responsibility to help develop solutions appropriate for each country.

Cambridge English Language Assessment is the largest overseas English language examinations provider in China, with around 700,000 candidates per year, particularly in the IELTS, BEC and YLE markets. Cambridge English has extensive relationships with municipal, provincial and educational authorities, as well as with English language training providers, publishers and universities. With its in-depth knowledge of the education sector, it is probably the best known UK Education brand in China. 

Cambridge International Examinations has had registered Cambridge schools in China for 10 years. The most popular programmes are Cambridge IGCSEs and Cambridge International AS and A Levels. Demand for Cambridge programmes and qualifications has risen due to our strong reputation in the international education field, particularly from parents who want their children to have a qualification with international currency and recognition. Cambridge International is in the process of establishing new offices in Shanghai and Guangzhou (in addition to our one in Beijing) and intends to recruit a team of seven people for China in the coming months.