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Staff and Cambridge principals in four of our regions made a lively contribution to the seventh biennial Cambridge Assessment Conference held at Downing College, Cambridge.
Cambridge Assessment International Education organised seminars in India, Egypt, Argentina and South Africa on the day of the conference. Using video, each of the seminars joined the conference at different times, taking part in the debate.
This year’s conference explored the theme International Education: Interpretation, Importance and Impact. More than 140 experts from around the world met to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by an ever increasing interest in international education. The programme included speakers from the USA, Germany, Italy and the UK.
Michael O’Sullivan, Chief Executive, Cambridge Assessment International Education, chaired the afternoon session on the impact of international educational. In his introductory remarks, he spoke about schools desire to improve. He said: “[Schools] have a sense of responsibility about preparing children to thrive and succeed in a competitive and demanding world where economic and technology change mean that jobs for life in many countries are no longer the prospect that they once were.”
This session was joined by Cambridge Assessment International Education seminar in Buenos Aires. Seminar participants spoke to conference delegates in Cambridge, commenting on the debate and explaining their perspective.
The seminar was chaired by Lucila Marquez, Senior Schools Development Manager, Latin America. She said: “For me it was a new experience, because the system used allowed us also to participate by going live with our questions and comments directly from Buenos Aires and into the Conference.
“Before we joined the afternoon talks in Cambridge, we had some discussions around the table regarding what we thought an international education meant. In Argentina, Cambridge exams are offered at schools that want to provide a better level of education, more challenging both from an academic point of view and from the skills and abilities that our learners develop.”
One of the principals at the Buenos Aires seminar said: “The opportunity to mix with colleagues at the same time as listening to such high-quality speakers was very refreshing from both a personal development and a professional networking aspect.”
There are video highlights of the conference on the Cambridge Assessment website.