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May 20, 2003

Arels-Baselt to Merge?

In a largely PR-driven move, two of the UK's major ELT organizations are considering a merger. The private-sector Association of Recognised English Language Services (Arels, the world's oldest ELT association) and the British Association of State English Language Teaching (Baselt) have held a series of meetings over the last few months, with predominantly positive results. Advantages of the merger include efficiency of scale, increased competitiveness in the international market, and a clearer brand image. The organizations would unite under the brand name "English UK," which would join "Universities UK" beneath the "Education UK" banner. The new body would represent institutions recognised by the English in Britain accreditation scheme, currently run by Arels and Baselt together with the British Council.

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