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Cambridge test supports internationalisation of Italian medical schools

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A test from a department of Cambridge University is making it possible for more Italian medical schools to attract international students with the skills and knowledge they need for success in their studies.

The International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT) – developed by the Admissions Testing Service in Cambridge – has been used by a growing number of medical schools in Italy as part of their selection process since 2011. The subject-specific test, which is taken in English, assesses potential students’ skills and knowledge. At a recent event hosted by the Conferenza dei Rettori delle Università italiane (CRUI) experts from Cambridge brought together five medical schools who are using the test to share progress to date.

Andy Chamberlain, Assistant Director of the Admissions Testing Service at Cambridge, said:

“Italy is a great place to study medicine due to its high educational standards and distinctive cultural heritage. As universities in Italy continue to become more international, it’s important that they are able to attract students with the skills needed for a positive study experience. IMAT has played a key role in this since 2011 and universities are reporting back on a year on year increase in the quality of students studying medicine in Italy. We’re constantly developing our approaches to admissions testing and the support available to universities as part of our commitment to the internationalisation of higher education in Italy.”

The event in Rome was attended by five universities already using IMAT from Bari, Milan, Naples, Pavia and Rome La Sapienza. It also saw support from universities in Palermo and Messina and delegates got the chance to hear the latest thinking on a number of areas about selection procedures including an insightful talk on selection into medical faculties in the UK from Dr Robert Wilkins, American Fellow and Tutor in Physiology at the University of Oxford.

Experts from Cambridge say the IMAT test is seeing an encouraging take up around the world, with availability in 18 countries outside Italy.

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

February 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

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