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The Boston Globe  - Boston, 09 Thg4 2014

Mass. team will help Brazil learn English for 2016 Olympics

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Boston.com  - Boston, 14 Thg3 2014

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

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The New York Times  - International, 09 Thg12 2013

Bring in People Who Are Better Than You

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Wall Street Journal  - International, 12 Thg11 2013

How to Cure South Korea's English Fever

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International New York Times  - International, 10 Thg11 2013

English Proficiency Falters Among French

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New York Times  - International, 08 Thg11 2013

Learning to speak Brazinglish

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The Pie News  - International, 08 Thg11 2013

Turkey and BRICs gain in latest EF English Proficiency Index

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Wall Street Journal  - International, 07 Thg11 2013

English May Be Losing Its Luster in China

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Wall Street Journal  - International, 05 Thg11 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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The Boston Globe  - Boston, 25 Thg9 2013

Education firm celebrates headquarters with Ferris wheel

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The Boston Globe  - Cambridge, 15 Thg8 2013

Hult Prize accelerator preps competitors for $1m


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The Boston Globe  - Boston, 21 Thg6 2013

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

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Fox News  - International, 30 Thg5 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 Thg5 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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The Huffington Post  - , 21 Thg5 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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The Boston Globe  - Boston, 03 Thg2 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 Thg12 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 Thg12 2012

World's Coolest Offices: Your Picks

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

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Wired  - , 30 Thg10 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 Thg10 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 Thg10 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 Thg10 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 Thg10 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 Thg10 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

Time Magazine  - , 27 Thg9 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 Thg9 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 Thg9 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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 - Japan, 02 Thg7 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 Thg5 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

 - International, 09 Thg5 2012

Hodges: The UK's Looming Brain Drain

 

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Wall Street Journal  - International, 09 Thg5 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 Thg5 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 Thg5 2012

Bailey: Language Barriers and Miscommunications are Stifling Growth

 

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 - China, 18 Thg4 2012

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

 

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 - New York, 04 Thg11 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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 - Washington D.C., 06 Thg10 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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 - London, 07 Thg6 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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 - New York, 14 Thg5 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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 - London, 27 Thg4 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 Thg4 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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 - USA, 30 Thg3 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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 - New York, 23 Thg1 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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