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Alliances in Education: Challenges and Opportunities
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Alliances in Education: Challenges and Opportunities

When: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
11:00 AM EDT
Where: Online Webinar
United States
Contact: Brendan Ward

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How can a 150-year-old institution, with deeply rooted traditions and structures, keep up with the ever-changing trends in business and technology? Cambridge Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge, was established in 1858. Today it is an international exams group that designs and delivers exams to over eight million learners every year. Cambridge Assessment and Speexx worked together to create high-standard English language training and assessment for the corporate sector that is virtual and customizable to individual needs. By partnering with a small, world-leading agile edtech company, Speexx, this institution was able to keep its traditional character in addition to meeting the evolving market needs of learners.

This union of two considerably different types of organizations doesn't come without its own challenges. This session will look at the cultural, organizational, and operational issues that were drowning the partnership, and how an alliance framework was implemented to save the alliance and create a solid foundation for bigger opportunities.

Come along to this interactive session with your open minds, questions, and critiques to:

  • Gain insight on the driving forces for alliances in the education industry
  • Hear differing perspectives on the alliance
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities of partnering with different types of organizations

About the Speakers

Chloe Shaw, CSAP
Head of Alliance Management
Cambridge Assessment English

Chloe Shaw is Head of Alliance Management at Cambridge Assessment English, which is part of the University of Cambridge. She is a member of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP) and was responsible for her organisation's adoption of the ASAP alliance lifecycle and her team's certification in alliance management. Chloe was shortlisted for an 'Unsung hero' award in the 2018 Women in International Education awards, organised by Lead5050 and the Global Leadership League.

Aya Aker, CSAP
Alliance Development Manager
Cambridge Assessment English

Aya Aker is Alliance Development Manager, responsible for development and management of strategic alliances for Cambridge Assessment English. She has experience managing international and academic alliances since 2010. She is a member of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP) and achieved an MA from the University of Southampton, a BSc from the University of Toronto, as well as a Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Project Management from the University.

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