English NZ accredits first 3 pathway schools
English New Zealand (English NZ) has accredited three schools – Bridge International, Kaplan and Languages International – as its first pathway assessment providers.
English New Zealand has announced the first three schools to be approved to offer Accredited Pathway Assessments under the Research Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between English NZ and Universities New Zealand.
These are the first member schools to have been permitted to offer the pathway assessment after the MoU was signed last year. These institutions and other future accredited pathway assessment providers can advertise this status using the English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment logo.
Applications reviewed by English language experts, including independent assessors
In June last year, the MoU was signed between English New Zealand, which represents 22 English language schools, and Universities New Zealand, the main representative of all of New Zealand’s universities.
The MoU was designed to enable more English language students in New Zealand to engage in both tertiary and longer-term study. The intention is also to encourage a more diverse range of students to consider these potential pathways.
It dictated that all of New Zealand’s eight universities will accept the Accredited Pathways Assessment of an English New Zealand member as evidence of the individual meeting the institutions’ requirements for English language proficiency.
The three schools successfully accredited by English New Zealand after this process were – Bridge International College, Kaplan International Languages, and Languages International.
English NZ intention is to provide more “seamless pathway into further study”
Each year, approximately 20,000 students from over 75 countries study at English New Zealand member schools.
Kim Renner, Executive Director of English New Zealand, expressed her pleasure at this update and the closer level of cross-sector collaboration that has been achieved.
“This is a positive step forward not only for the approved members, but also in terms of cross-sector collaboration. With inevitable changes coming for the export education industry, seamless pathways into further study and closer collaboration will become more important than ever before.”
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