EDU Danmark to run IELTS in Norway

Danish study abroad organisation EDU Danmark has actually won a tender to operate IELTS English tests in Norway, the business’s first endeavor border Denmark’s borders.

EDU Danmark will take control of from Folkeuniversitetet, which was formerly accountable for administering the tests, co-owned by British Council, IDP and Cambridge Assessment.

“We’ve remained in Danish limits previously with recruitment and language screening,” founder and basic supervisor of EDU Danmark,  Palle Steen Jensen, told The PIE.

Moving to run the tests in Norway will be an “intriguing brand-new challenge”, he stated, but noted that there are no prepare for the Danish firm to start any trainee recruitment in Norway.

EDU Danmark won the tender right before the summer and has actually just recently begun its first testing sessions. The firm will keep running with the very same personnel as Folkeuniversitetet and “begin gradually” with some 4 testing sessions per month.

Nevertheless,  Jensen pointed to possible growth for the test in the Scandinavian nation.

“IELTS is still the most respected test worldwide, lots of people still aim to IELTS. There are likewise brand-new segments that are coming in [to Norway],” he said.

The test can play a role in helping Ukrainians in Norway requiring to show their language skills to get in the labour market, while use for UK Visas and Immigration applications will be important for those looking to transfer to the UK.

Jensen likewise elaborated on the latest from the Danish outgoing movement market.

“It does take some time for Australia and New Zealand”

“We really see that whatever is coming back after Covid, however it will take time. Getting back into the market doesn’t come over night,” he added.

While interest in study abroad has actually not gone, the destination markets have actually modified for Danish students.

“The United States has definitely benefitted… … absolutely acquired,”he said. Jensen has just recently met with Kerin Ayyalaraju, Australian ambassador to Denmark, Norway and Iceland, and Simon Gunn from Austrade to talk about the return of global students to Australia.

Demand for EDUs primary markets, Australia/New Zealand and USA/Canada, in between 2019 (before Covid) and 2022. Picture: EDU Danmark

According to EDU Danmark, North America has gained market share at the cost of Australia and New Zealand â $” both of which had closed borders for extended periods throughout the pandemic.

“It does take time for Australia and New Zealand,” Jensen informed The PIE. “It will be a consistent increase but will take at least half a year to be level again.

“But we are certainly optimistic that markets are coming back. Young people are no longer afraid of going abroad… … and are all set to conquer the world once again.”

EDU Danmark has actually formerly led require Denmark to carry out an outgoing mobility strategy.

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