EF EDUCATION FIRST (abbreviated as EF) is an international education
company that specializes in language training, educational travel,
academic degree programs, and cultural exchange. The company was
founded in 1965 by
Bertil Hult in the Swedish university town of Lund
. The company is privately held by the Hult family and is
EF has approximately 43,500 staff and 500 offices and schools located in more than 50 countries. EF celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.
* 1 History * 2 Leadership
* 3 Company overview
* 3.1 Divisions and business units
* 3.1.1 EF Language and Schools division * 3.1.2 EF Educational Travel division
* 3.2 Associated organizations * 3.3 Notable projects and partnerships
* 4 References * 5 External links
Bertil Hult launched EF in 1965 from the basement of his university dormitory. Bertil’s childhood struggles with dyslexia served as his inspiration for EF. After dropping out of school, due in part to his inability to learn English, Bertil took a job as an errand boy for a Swedish bank. His supervisors quickly recognized his work ethic and sent him to London on work exchange as a reward. Only a few months after relocating, Bertil could speak English. His time in the U.K. taught Bertil that “learning by doing” could have an equal, if not greater, impact on educational outcomes as traditional classroom methods.
Philip Hult and Alex Hult are the company’s co-chairmen overseeing EF’s day-to-day operation as well as its language and academic businesses. Dr. Edward Hult is CEO, North America, overseeing EF’s educational travel and cultural exchange divisions.
DIVISIONS AND BUSINESS UNITS
EF Language And Schools Division
* EF International Language Centers * EF Local English Language Centers for Adults * EF Local English Language Centers for Kids and Teens * EF English Live * EF Corporate Solutions * EF Learning Labs
EF Educational Travel Division
* EF Explore America
* EF Educational Tours
* EF College Study Tours
* EF College Break
* EF Go Ahead Tours
EF is also associated with an independent, not-for-profit business
Hult International Business School
* Hult International Business School, Graduate School * Hult International Business School, Undergraduate School
Cultural exchange programs
* EF High School Exchange Year * Cultural Care Au Pair
NOTABLE PROJECTS AND PARTNERSHIPS
EF is the official supplier of language training services to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil. EF served in the same capacity for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. In the years leading up to the 2016 Olympics, EF worked to provide English language training to an estimated 1 million Brazilians, including Olympics volunteers and 550,000 school children across the country. EF will serve in similar roles for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
EF Learning Labs publishes the annual EF English Proficiency Index , the world’s first and largest ranking of English skills by country. The latest report was released in November 2016. The EF EPI claims to show a link between a country’s adult English proficiency and its competitiveness.
EF has developed a standardized English test which it compares in methodology and precision to the TOEFL or IELTS exam. The EF Standard English Test is free for all test takers.
In 2016, EF launched a partnership with the Nobel Museum in
Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition for social
good. Each year, President Clinton challenges MBA and undergraduate
students from universities around the world to solve a pressing social
challenge. The student teams compete in a series of regional
challenges before five finalists are selected to present their ideas
at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. EF’s founding
family awards $1 million USD in seed funding to support the winning
team as they launch their idea.
Hult International Business School
* ^ "Mass. team will help Brazil learn English for 2016 Olympics".
The Boston Globe. April 9, 2014.
* ^ "EF Hello 50 Homepage". EF