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Oxford International AQA Examinations launches first qualifications in the Middle East
04 November 2015
Oxford International AQA Examinations unveiled its first qualifications at a Middle East launch on Tuesday 3 November.
The joint venture between Oxford University Press and AQA was formed in May 2015, and its qualifications were revealed for the first time at a launch event at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai.
The international A-levels and GCSEs for schools following a British curriculum are initially available in English, Maths, and Science. They reflect many of the latest reforms in the UK, including the new 9-1 grading system at GCSE. They have been tailored for English speakers living outside the UK, and exams will be scheduled at locally-convenient times.
The joint venture is driven by a mission to improve young people’s education around the world, and the Middle East launch will help schools to demonstrate a commitment to quality and remain in step with the educational system in the UK.
Kate Harris, Managing Director of Oxford Education at Oxford University Press said: “Education has the ability to transform lives, and it is also a catalyst for economic growth, sustainability, and innovation. With a growing focus on education across the Middle East, Oxford International AQA Examinations will support learning across the region and provide the highest quality qualifications to support the growing number of children attending international schools. I truly believe it will make a real difference.”
The new international qualifications from Oxford International AQA Examinations are based on UK qualifications developed by more than 1,000 teachers, subject specialists, and university academics.
Andrew Hall, Chief Executive of AQA said: “Our qualifications draw upon the complementary strengths of OUP and AQA. At AQA, we bring our expertise in developing and delivering world-class qualifications, and both organisations share a mission to improve education through teaching, learning, and assessment. These new qualifications will really help young people in the Middle East to develop the skills they need to thrive in the world’s knowledge-based economies.”
The qualifications will be available for teaching from September 2016. For more information go to www.oxfordaqaexams.org.uk
Pictured: Christine Ozden, Managing Director of Oxford International AQA Examinations, at the launch event in Dubai.