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Saul visits language school on Brexit Day

31 January 2020 Saul Nassé Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment in a classroom at the British Language Teaching Centre in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He is standing in front of a white board with a female teacher either side of him talking to two students, one male and one female, who are sitting with their backs to the camera.

Cambridge Assessment’s commitment to learners in Europe is as strong as ever, Chief Executive Saul Nassé has said on the UK’s last day as a member of the European Union.

Saul was speaking on a visit to BLTC (British Language Training Centre) in Amsterdam, which offers a range of language courses in both Dutch and English and is an authorised centre for Cambridge English exams.

Whatever happens after Brexit it won’t affect our commitment to helping people learn and prove their skills to the world.

Saul, whose visit was hosted by Marleen Soto-Geertsma, Country Manager for Cambridge Assessment English in Benelux, met students and staff at the test centre which is located in the heart of Amsterdam.

“It was great to meet staff and students at BLTC, one of the thousands of centres which prepare students for Cambridge English exams right across Europe,” Saul said.

“As an organisation, we’ve been around for more than 160 years, providing education programmes and exams in over 170 countries around the world, and BLTC is a great example of the schools all over the world which work with us to deliver educational benefits to millions of learners.

“Whatever happens after Brexit it won’t affect our commitment to helping people learn and prove their skills to the world.”

After touring the school Saul then went on to host a lunch at a restaurant run by hospitality and catering students in Amsterdam. He was joined by key partners from Cambridge University Press and the British Council among others.

Marleen said: “It was great to be able to show Saul the fantastic work that we are doing with our centres and with our partners at the British Council and Cambridge University Press in the Netherlands, and give him a chance to meet students on their language learning journey.”

Cambridge Assessment has extensive plans in place to minimise any potential disruption to our centres, candidates and other stakeholders, whatever form the post-Brexit arrangements take. We have extensive experience of working with centres all over the world and we are confident that we will be able to maintain the high levels of service our customers expect.

Photo: Saul Nassé dropped into a language class at BTLC. He was shown round by Lucy Burns from BLTC (left) and Marleen Soto-Geertsma, country manager for Cambridge Assessment English (right). 

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Posted on February 1st, 2020