Printing and publishing house Cambridge University Press is merging with Cambridge Assessment, which creates and delivers assessments in more than 170 countries.

The two companies will become a single entity from August next year. The University of Cambridge said the merger was accelerated by the uptake of digital education as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

University of Cambridge vice-chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope said: “Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press have a proud history of contributing to scholarship and education around the world. By bringing together their enormous strengths and capabilities, they will be able to contribute to society more effectively and more powerfully than ever.”

Cambridge University Press chief executive Peter Phillips added: “Our customers already see us simply as Cambridge, so joining the two organisations is a natural next step that is given added impetus by the rapid changes we are seeing in education and research.”

Saul Nassé, chief executive at Cambridge Assessment said: “This is a challenging but exciting time for learning and assessment and this move positions Cambridge to make the most of the opportunities ahead.

“I will be heading for pastures new, but am looking forward to leading Cambridge Assessment into 2021 and working with Peter to build a single organisation that’s all set for great success in the future.”

Date published: 28 October 2020

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