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In March we were invited to the Ministry of Education in Italy to share our experience of working with Italian schools – specifically those in the state sector – and to talk generally about the future of education in the country.
Cambridge Manager, Italy, France & South Eastern Europe, Alessandra Varriale, said: 'This is the first time that Cambridge International Examinations has been invited to present at the Ministry. It gave us a chance to understand and discuss the future of Italian state schools with Mrs Carmela Palumbo, the General Director of Curriculum for the Ministry'.
It was also an important occasion for us to talk about our commitment to Italy and the value of blending Cambridge international programmes with national requirements to create a bilingual education programme.
Alessandra adds: 'Italy is one of our fastest growing markets in Europe with over 180 Cambridge schools. This number is expected to rise in the next few years. The impact of globalisation and the 2014 education reforms in Italy mean that more and more Italian state schools are opening up to bilingual education.