Vietnam gains Cambridge English advantage.

06 October 2006

The drive to develop English language skills in Vietnam has received a boost by the arrival of the Cambridge English Examinations in Ho Chi Minh City.

A world leader in English language assessment, Cambridge English Language Assessment has this week opened its newest office in the city. The local operation will help support the raising of standards in the teaching and learning of English language in Vietnam, enabling more people to take the internationally recognised exams, provide support for teacher training programmes and to employers in evaluating the language skills of staff and job applicants.

The new office - located on the 4th floor , 63A Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1 - was opened by Mr Simon Lebus, CEO of Cambridge Assessment and Dr Michael Milanovic, CEO of Cambridge English Language Assessment on Thursday 5th October 2006. The opening event was attended by the British Ambassador, Director and Vice Director of British Council, Deputy Minister of Education and Training, representatives from the Department of Education and Training, publishers, representatives from higher education sector and language institutions.

Michael Milanovic said: "Vietnam has massive potential, particularly with its entry to the World Trade Organisation. It will be those people with good English language skills who will be crucial to helping the nation take full advantage of its situation.

"The expansion in international business opportunities will inevitably mean more demand for English skills, but also challenges in terms of raising standards in teaching and learning."