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Oxford International AQA Examinations launches in South East Asia
06 October 2016
Oxford International AQA Examinations (Oxford AQA Exams) launched qualifications in South East Asia today, hosting an educational forum at the British High Commissioner's Residence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The move is aimed at raising educational standards in South East Asia by providing high quality English medium qualifications for the growing number of students attending schools teaching a British curriculum.
Oxford AQA Exams is a joint venture with AQA, the UK’s largest academic awarding body. It was formed in 2015 to provide high quality English medium qualifications for the growing number of students attending schools teaching a British curriculum.
Since its launch, the joint venture has drawn on the complementary strengths of its two partners. OUP brings international reach as well as knowledge of the needs of students and teachers globally, while AQA, with its expertise in developing and delivering world-class qualifications, has designed the new international qualifications and manages their distribution and delivery.
South East Asia becomes the second region to benefit from Oxford AQA Exams’ high quality international qualifications after they were unveiled in the Middle East in November 2015.
The GCSEs, A-Levels, and AS Levels will be available for first teaching in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia from September 2017. They will initially focus on English, Maths and Science - with additional subjects to follow in the coming year.
Adrian Mellor, Managing Director of OUP’s Asia Education division, said “We are excited to be launching the Oxford International AQA Examinations across South East Asia. As we approach our 60th anniversary in Malaysia we remain committed to supporting educators across all school ages and into university education. These qualifications offer a new choice for schools and teachers, and new opportunities for students attending international schools - helping to further Oxford’s mission in the region.”
Christine Ozden, Managing Director of Oxford AQA Exams, said: “The focus on educational outcomes has intensified globally with education playing a key role in driving economic growth, sustainability, competitiveness and innovation. Oxford AQA Exams will support teaching and learning throughout the region, and our qualifications will help support Malaysia and other South East Asian economies looking to raise standards and develop strong knowledge-based economies.”
The South East Asia launch took place at the British High Commissioner’s Residence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, featuring speeches from Christine Ozden, AQA Chief Executive Andrew Hall, and Alex Scharaschkin, Director of AQA’s Centre for Education Research and Practice.
For further information see www.oxfordaqaexams.org.uk