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Cambridge English take anniversary celebrations to South America

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A series of events were held across South America in May to celebrate 100 years of Cambridge English exams. The events in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay highlighted the important part exam centres and key individuals in the region have played in the Cambridge English story.

The British Ambassadors for Argentina, Chile and Uruguay were guests of honour at VIP receptions in Buenos Aires, Santiago and Montevideo – with around 100 guests attending each event. The series of events also saw a regional meeting of Centre Exams Managers in Buenos Aires, with representatives from Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Dr Mike Milanovic, Chief Executive of Cambridge English Language Assessment hosted the events. He gave guests a brief history of the Cambridge English exams and focused on the important contribution made from exam centres in the Southern Cone.

The Cambridge English story in Latin America started in 1937 with a group of students sat the ‘English Certificate for Argentina’ the region’s first documented Cambridge English exam. The first official exam Centre (ACCI in Buenos Aires) opening shortly afterwards in 1941. Other highlights included the establishment of the Buenos Aires Open Centre in 1983 – which is still one of the largest and most active centres anywhere in the world.

The events are part of a wider programme of activities held around the world to celebrate 100 years of Cambridge English Exams.

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