Students wanting to access British education now have better access to exams assessments with the signing of a new contract between the British Council and the University of London International Programmes.
The University of London International Programmes has more than 50,000 students worldwide studying for a University of London qualification on more than 100 programmes.
Under the new three year contract, the British Council will contribute to the delivery of more than 117,000 local examinations a year for students of the International Programmes.
Under this agreement, the British Council will deliver examinations in 75 countries. These will include Brazil, China, India, Pakistan and Tunisia.
The move will enable students of the International Programmes to exercise greater choice in where they sit their examinations, which are all set and marked by academics at the colleges of the University of London.
The new contract brings together the long standing experience of both organisations in delivering quality UK higher education across the world.
The International Programmes, dating back to 1858, is currently operating in 190 countries, whilst the British Council has a strong presence in 110 countries, working in Education, English and the Arts.
‘In effect, we have formalised our long standing relationship with the British Council, which has been a key player for many years now in administering our examinations at a local level,’ said Professor Jonathan Kydd, Dean of the University of London International Programmes.
‘This makes a real difference to our students who can choose where to sit their examinations in their home country. This is in line with our commitment to provide access to quality University education for all who could benefit,’ he added.
Mark Walker, director of examinations at the British Council, said that with more international students now accessing UK higher education from outside the UK than those who access it through coming to the UK, universities need secure but customer friendly ways of delivering their assessments throughout the world.
‘The British Council’s examination service enables them to access many more markets than they would otherwise be able to. The University of London has a long history of making education widely available and we are very pleased to be working with them to make their qualifications available around the globe,’ he explained.