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The Boston Globe  - Boston, 09 Apr 2014

Mass. team will help Brazil learn English for 2016 Olympics

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2014
08 Apr

ANA Partners with EF Education First

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Boston.com  - Boston, 14 Mar 2014

EF Education First will provide English training to 800,000 as part of the Rio Olympics

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2014
13 Mar

EF Education First appointed Official Supplier of Language Training Services for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

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2014
19 Feb

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and EF Education First (EF) Announce Their Second “Youth for Change” UNAOC-EF Summer School in NY

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2014
13 Feb

Workforce ‘digital chatter’ puts international businesses at risk

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2014
20 Jan

EF Education First launches “Global Intern 2014” - the World’s Premier Internship

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2014
14 Jan

Education First (EF) announces new awards for excellence in international collaboration

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2013
12 Dec

EF partners with Saudi Arabia’s T4EDU as Ministry of Education designates English skills as key priority for the Kingdom’s future

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The New York Times  - International, 09 Dec 2013

Bring in People Who Are Better Than You

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Wall Street Journal  - International, 12 Nov 2013

How to Cure South Korea's English Fever

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International New York Times  - International, 10 Nov 2013

English Proficiency Falters Among French

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New York Times  - International, 08 Nov 2013

Learning to speak Brazinglish

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The Pie News  - International, 08 Nov 2013

Turkey and BRICs gain in latest EF English Proficiency Index

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Wall Street Journal  - International, 07 Nov 2013

English May Be Losing Its Luster in China

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Wall Street Journal  - International, 05 Nov 2013

China Beats France in English Proficiency

In English proficiency among adults, says a report from education provider Education First, China now ranks above France—though below Russia and Vietnam. The WSJ's Yun-Hee Kim speaks with Ming Chen, executive vice president at EF, about some of the surprises in its latest English proficiency index.

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2013
27 Oct

EF's co-Chairman and CEO North America both carry the Olympic Torch in Russia

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The Boston Globe  - Boston, 25 Sep 2013

Education firm celebrates headquarters with Ferris wheel

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2013
23 Sep

Hult Prize Finals To Be Hosted at the Clinton Global Initiative

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2013
04 Sep

EF China celebrates 20th anniversary with an international summit at Peking University

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2013
29 Aug

100 Global Youth Leaders Visit the United Nations to Listen to and Engage on Critical International Issues

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The Boston Globe  - Cambridge, 15 Aug 2013

Hult Prize accelerator preps competitors for $1m


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2013
02 Jul

Professional English language training from EF Education First helps Xiamen Airlines take off

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2013
26 Jun

Yves Béhar To Design the Hult Prize

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The Boston Globe  - Boston, 21 Jun 2013

EF Education First collaboration with Harvard Grad School of Ed team looks to unlock mysteries of language learning

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2013
18 Jun

EF EDUCATION FIRST LAUNCHES RESEARCH PROJECT ON LANGUAGE LEARNING WITH HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION FACULTY

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Fox News  - International, 30 May 2013

How social entrepreneurs make money and change the world

Ahmad Ashkar on how The Hult Prize and Clinton Global Initiative are launching the next wave of social entrepreneurs

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Bloomberg TV  - International, 30 May 2013

Creating the Next Wave of Social Entrepreneurs

Hult Prize CEO Ahmad Ashkar discusses the world's largest competition for business students with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock."

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2013
22 May

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and EF Education First to host Summer School in New York

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The Huffington Post  - , 21 May 2013

From Costa Rica to Massachusetts, Changing Our Habits to Help the Environment

In April 2013, more than 500 students from the United States, Canada, and Costa Rica traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica to study environmental sustainability while honing their global leadership skills as part of EF’s inaugural Global Student Leaders Summit – a first-of-its-kind program which offers students and teachers experiential travel opportunities focused on 21st century skills development.

The students kicked-off their experiences by touring Costa Rica to learn how the country has become the global leader in environmental sustainability.  The travelers then gathered in San Jose for a two-day conference focused on teaching them how to apply the environmental lessons they learned on tour to the benefit of their home communities.  Former Vice President Al Gore offered keynote remarks along with Costa Rica’s first environmental minister Dr. Alvaro Umana and Canadian environmental activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki.

To learn more about the students’ experiences with Al Gore in Costa Rica check out their first-person accounts published on the Huffington Post’s education channel.  

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2013
27 Feb

EF Education First and Peking University Set up a Research Program for Advancing English Teaching Studies

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2013
21 Feb

Japan Ranks 22nd of 54 Countries in EF Global English Proficiency Index

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The Boston Globe  - Boston, 03 Feb 2013

Education First aims to bridge barriers with exchange

The Boston Globe features Bertil Hult's profile who started EF Education First nearly 50 years ago with only $700. Today the company has 34,000 employees in 55 countries and organizes student trips and language courses around the world.

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WBUR 90.9FM (NPR News Station)  - Boston, 26 Dec 2012

EF EPI featured on WBUR, Boston's NPR


EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) author Kate Bell was featured on the Morning Edition on WBUR 90.9FM, Boston's NPR News Station, discussing the EF EPI.


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Study author Kate Bell says countries in northern Europe embrace English as a tool; “Those countries really just see it as a tool, a necessary tool, like math, reading, or science and they teach [English] to a higher level to all students in schools…”

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Inc.  - International, 20 Dec 2012

World's Coolest Offices: Your Picks

EF featured in Inc.com as one of the "World's Coolest Offices".

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2012
12 Dec

The Best and Worst Cities in English

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2012
16 Nov

It’s official: women are better at English than men. World’s largest English proficiency index reveals Scandinavians on top and Libya the worst of 54 countries

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Wired  - , 30 Oct 2012

EF Classroom App Ushering in Paperless Education of the Future

There was a time when the most interactive thing about a classroom was the chalkboard. The grating chalkboard eventually gave way to the whiteboard, which has recently given way to...

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New York Times  - International, 28 Oct 2012

Low English Levels Can Hurt Countries' Progress

Countries with poor English-language skills also have lower levels of trade, innovation and income, according to a report released last week.

The report ranks 54 countries where English is not a native language, with the top five being Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland and Norway. The bottom five were Colombia, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Libya.

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Forbes  - New York, 26 Oct 2012

English - The Language of Global Business

With China’s growing economic might, is Mandarin becoming the preferred language of business? Not anytime soon, says a newly released study.

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svt.se  - Stockholm, 25 Oct 2012

Svenskar bäst på engelska

SVT Nyheter rapporterar om EF:s EPI-studie som visar att Sverige är det land i världen med bäst engeskakunskaper.

 

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The Economist  - New York, 24 Oct 2012

English where she is spoke

Last year we looked at the first-ever global survey of English-language skills by EF Education First, a teaching company. This year, EF has produced its second study of the same subject. It's worth revisiting for the changes between last year and this one.

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Management Thinking Blog  - , 11 Oct 2012

Mind your language (skills)

Seven billion people speak seven thousand languages. The world is a noisy place and so we struggle to overcome a persistent obstacle: understanding each other.Read more
2012
03 Oct

EF EDUCATION FIRST BREAKS GROUND ON NEW 300,000-SQUARE-FOOT NORTH AMERICAN HEADQUARTERS IN CAMBRIDGE, CREATES 400 JOBS

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Time Magazine  - , 27 Sep 2012

Hult Challenge Selected by President Clinton and TIME

The Hult Global Case Challenge is selected by President Clinton and TIME magazine as 1 of the 5 top ideas changing the world today. See why the Hult Prize and it's US$1,000,000 in start-up capital is the program for budding social entrepreneurs.

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The Boston Globe  - Boston, 25 Sep 2012

New NorthPoint project making a big splash

EF Education First’s new $125 million, 300,000-square-foot headquarters will be situated at the foot of the Zakim Bridge. Construction is to begin Tuesday and be completed by spring of 2014.

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CNN  - New York, 24 Sep 2012

Hult Prize - Students competing for $1 mn in start-up funding

CNN features an interview with Ahmad Ashkar, founder and CEO of the Hult Prize.

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2012
09 Aug

EF Education First and Moscow State University Announce Research Collaboration

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2012
12 Jul

Global Superstar WILL.I.AM Meets Summer Dance Winners and Performs in Front of 4,000 EF Students

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2012
04 Jul

EF Englishtown ranks #1 for learning English for the third consecutive year

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 - Japan, 02 Jul 2012

Rakuten's English Policy: Just Speak It

When Rakuten Inc. introduced an English-only policy for company communications in May 2010 as part of founder and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani’s push to globalize the Japanese Web commerce firm, critics questioned the wisdom in forcing staff to communicate with each other in their non-native tongue.

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 - International, 21 May 2012

A Way Up For Women in Business

Tanja Levine, executive director at Hult International Business School, provides on women in MBAs and what Hult is doing to support women in pursuing a graduate degree.See full article
2012
18 May

EF Englishtown Releases Language Education’s First Social Game, English Tower

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 - International, 09 May 2012

Hodges: The UK's Looming Brain Drain

 

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Wall Street Journal  - International, 09 May 2012

Language Barriers Blamed for Miscues

Nearly half the executives at global companies believe language barriers have spoiled cross-border deals and caused financial losses for companies, says a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by EF Education First. 

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Monocle  - International, 09 May 2012

Speaking Volumes

In the past three years, Swedish language-teaching company EF has tripled in size and has left its competitors speechless. We profile the family firm that is transforming the industry.

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 - International, 04 May 2012

Bailey: Language Barriers and Miscommunications are Stifling Growth

 

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2012
27 Apr

Poor Communication and Language Skills of Employees are Constraining International Growth Prospects of Companies

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2012
20 Apr

Internationally Sponsored Training Academy Opens in Iraq to Teach Young People Key Skills to Succeed in Business

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 - China, 18 Apr 2012

EF China featured in Interior Design Magazine- “Creativity is Born Here”

 

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2012
02 Apr

EF’s Classroom app shortlisted for British Council Digital Innovation prize

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2012
22 Mar

EF Englishtown Selected as a Finalist in Two CODiE Award Categories

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2012
05 Mar

EF Englishtown Announces New President: Andrew Wait

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2012
08 Feb

London

CNN and Hult International Business School Partner to Broadcast Hult’s Global Case Challenge Public Service Announcement

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2012
01 Feb

Zurich

In a difficult job market, EF opens new schools to respond to demand for multilingual professionals

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2011
28 Nov

Shanghai, China

EF Corporate Language Learning Solutions named “Best Corporate Training Product” by Xinhua Daily

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 - New York, 04 Nov 2011

5 Myths about MBAs

Should I get an MBA? More and more people seem to be asking that question, with a 9.9 percent drop in applications for two year MBA programs, the third consecutive year showing decline. Meanwhile, more specialized degrees, like a Master of Finance, are seeing increases. Is the MBA no longer about training tomorrow's captains of industry and more about training the next Richard Fuld, last CEO of Lehman Brothers and infamously dubbed the "Worst CEO of All Time"?

While, certainly, a few bad apples have given MBAs an aura of infamy, I'd like to bust a few commonly held myths about MBAs.

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2011
26 Oct

Moscow, Russia

Russian Ministry of Education and The Republic of Tatarstan choose EF

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2011
19 Oct

London

EF Releases Its Latest Mobile App: EF MyWords, the Ultimate 5 Minute Word Workout

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2011
06 Oct

From Forbes China Magazine, China

The Day Steve Jobs Called

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 - Washington D.C., 06 Oct 2011

Young MBAs Compete to Solve Global Problems

Solving the world’s most pressing social challenges takes passion, dedication, innovation and a good business plan, which is the idea behind the Hult Global Case Challenge. 

Hult International Business school is one of the world’s top business schools, with campuses across the globe. Three years ago, Ahmad Ashkar, one of its enterprising MBA students, founded the Hult Global Case Challenge (Hult GCC), a competition for business students to come up with ways of solving pressing global issues.

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2011
26 Sep

Sao Paulo, Brazil

EF Chief Technology Officer Dr. Enio Ohmaye speaks at TEDxESPM

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2011
12 Sep

Zurich, Switzerland

EF releases three new “Live the language” films depicting student life in L.A., Vancouver and Sydney

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2011
07 Sep

Hong Kong

EF Englishtown named number one at TopTenREVIEWS

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2011
15 Jul

London

Singer Ke$ha Meets Winners of EF Dance Contest and Performs With 3,000 Students Dancing Along

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2011
07 Jul

Hong Kong

Upgrades to EF Englishtown—new features, to the school

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2011
04 Jul

Zurich

Three Students Clinch Dream “Global Internships”, chosen from over 19,000 Candidates

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2011
23 Jun

Hong Kong

EF’s Breakthrough App for Kids Hits #1 in More Than 50 Countries

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2011
21 Jun

San Fransisco

EF.com named “Best Education Website” by Sitecore

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 - London, 07 Jun 2011

The Guardian - Russia in race for Olympic English

The organisers of the 2014 winter Olympics in the Russian resort city of Sochi last month appointed EF Education First, the Swiss-based language training provider, as the official supplier of language training for the event, with the task of teaching English to up to 70,000 Olympic staff, volunteers and tourist-sector workers.

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2011
16 May

Cambridge, UK

Cambridge University funds unique EF Education First research project

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 - New York, 14 May 2011

The Wall Street Journal - English Spoken Here

The emerging BRIC economies are running up against a language barrier, according to a new survey of 44 non-English-speaking nations and territories (most shown here) by the study-abroad company EF Education First. Brazil, Russia, India and China all were in the bottom third in English-language proficiency among adults. In Latin America, Brazil ranked sixth, bested by tiny economies such as Costa Rica.

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2011
28 Apr

Sochi, Russia

EF is named Official Supplier of Language Programs for the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014

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 - London, 27 Apr 2011

Students compete to win $1m water project funding

Currently, some 1.1 billion people lack access to clean water, and more than 2.5 billion people lack access to safe sanitation. Based on innovative ideas presented at the second annual Hult International Business School Global Case Challenge a few weeks ago, solutions can be identified to help solve the water scarcity issue.

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 - New York, 21 Apr 2011

The Huffington Post - English Proficiency: Countries That Speak The Best English

Anybody who has ever traveled or lived outside the US has stories of amusing English bloopers. One of my favorites was meeting a Chinese teenager who proudly gave himself the English name "Ad Lib," in tribute to "Freedom." While Ad Lib was certainly a grander name than other self given names, it isn't uncommon to come across given names like "Fluffy," "Meat," and "Bacon" (These are real people, I assure you. Just not native English speakers). But English is no laughing matter. We've found that English language skills have some serious impact on national economic and social development.

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2011
30 Mar

Lucerne

Scandinavians at the top, Russia, Turkey and South American Countries score low in English language skills

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 - USA, 30 Mar 2011

The Financial Times - China: better English students than India?

When the British Council published a study saying China had more English speakers than India readers with experience of both countries wondered aloud where China was hiding all those Anglophones. Even in Shanghai, with its British colonial past, taxi drivers are about as likely to speak English as they are to obey traffic signs; neither has really caught on.

Now comes another study about how China is drawing neck and neck with India – and eroding the comparative advantage of the sub-continent.

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2011
01 Mar

Colombo

Over 10,000 Sri Lankan university students to receive EF English language training sponsored by the U.S. Embassy Colombo

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2011
09 Feb

London

EF Englishtown Receives Prestigious eLearning Award

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2011
09 Feb

Shanghai

EF’s CIO named China’s Top Innovator

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2011
31 Jan

London

Hult races up Financial Times Global MBA Rankings

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 - New York, 23 Jan 2011

The New York Times - Business Schools With a Social Appeal

Business schools can be cutthroat places. After struggling to gain admission to the top schools, students compete for grades and the best work placements. Meanwhile, the schools themselves jostle for position in the various global rankings, competing in order to attract the most able students. But in the never-ending battle for dominance, one London business school has decided to appeal not to potential students’ wallets, but to their consciences.

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2010
11 Nov

Hong Kong, China

Learn English Anytime, Anywhere with EF’s free Mobile English App

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2010
07 Jun

Zurich, Switzerland

EF Opens Four New International Language Centers Abroad, to Meet Young People’s Demand for Hip and Exotic Study Destinations. In its new brochure for 2011, EF International Language Centers announces four new centers, including Bristol and Singapore.

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2010
07 Jun

London, United Kingdom

EF to Choose Two Torch Bearers for the 16th Asian Games Among EF Students in China; Ongoing Selection Process Based on English Skills and International Outlook with Winners to be Announced in July

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2010
27 Apr

London, United Kingdom

EF Education First Launches Educational Research Partnership at the University of Cambridge to Study English Language Learning

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2010
24 Apr

Lucerne, Switzerland

EF Education First Unveils New English Training System – Learn English up to 50% Faster.

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2009
17 Nov

Brazil

EF Education First will be the Official Provider of Language Courses for the “Olá, Turista!” (Hello, Tourist) Project

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2009
03 Nov

London, United Kingdom

EF Education First and University of Cambridge ESOL Collaborate on a Groundbreaking English Language Assessment to Rate Language Skills on a Recognized Global Scale.

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2009
25 May

London, United Kingdom

EF Education First Seizes the Opportunity to Invest in Economic Downturn and Extends Qualifications of all EF Teachers Worldwide

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2009
28 Jan

Shanghai, China

EF is Recognized as a "Top 10 brand of Foreign Language Training" in China.

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2009
26 Jan

London, United Kingdom

Hult International Business School Joins Prestigious Financial Times Top 100 World’s Best Global Business Schools

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2008
02 Dec

London, United Kingdom

EF and Cambridge ESOL unveil a ground-breaking global collaboration to fundamentally improve the way students learn English.

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2008
27 May

Stockholm, Sweden

EF Makes the Biggest Climb in Best Places to Work List

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2008
21 May

Lucerne, Switzerland

EF Pledges USD 800,000 in Disaster Relief for China and Myanmar

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2008
08 May

Hong Kong, China

EF Founder Bertil Hult Runs With the Olympic Torch

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2007
05 Sep

Hong Kong, China

EF Named Official Language Training Services Supplier of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

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