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Cambridge Centenary celebrations in Rome

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A reception in Villa Wolkonsky in Rome, the official residence of the British Ambassador to Italy, was held on 24th October to celebrate 100 years of Cambridge English exams. Organised by Cambridge English Language Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge, this important event was attended by more than 180 guests, accompanied by His Excellency Christopher Prentice, British Ambassador to Italy, who praised the high level of English language proficiency in Italy.

The event brought together a wide range of stakeholders including representatives of the Ministry of Education , CRUI , individual Italian universities , the associations of language teachers in Italy, Italian state schools, Cambridge University Press and authorised centres for Cambridge exams . There were also many attendees from the headquarters in Cambridge, including Dr Michael Milanovic , Chief Executive of Cambridge English Language Assessment and Dr Nick Saville, Director of Research and Validation.

Dr Milanovic and Nick Beer, Regional Director Southern Europe took turns presenting the exciting history of the Cambridge English exams.

The guests were presented with the overview of the history of Cambridge English and the changes to the Cambridge English exams since 1913. Cambridge English initially had one exam centre based in the UK and now has grown to over 2,000 centres in more than 130 countries. The first examination “Cambridge English : Proficiency” was taken for the first time by just three candidates, an examination that lasted more than 12 hours and that included translation , dictation and transcription phonetics. Now, however, 4.5 million people worldwide each year take Cambridge English exams at different levels.

In addition to the centenary , Italy was also celebrating another important anniversary, 80 years since the first exam was taken in San Remo in 1933, the second largest city in Italy. A centre was opened in Rome the following year.

On the occasion of the centenary two books were presented on the history of the Cambridge English , which are part of the series Studies in Language Testing , published by Cambridge University Press.

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

December 28, 2013 at 11:00 am

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