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EF Education First

EF Education First 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 headquartered in Lucerne, Switzerland. EF has approximately 37,000 staff and 500
offices and schools located in more than 50 countries. EF will celebrate its 50th anniversary in
2015. History
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. Leadership
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. Company Overview
Divisions and Business Units EF Education First is organized in two separate
divisions: EF Language and Schools and EF Educational Travel. Specific business units within these two main
divisions include: EF Language and Schools EF International Language Centers
EF Local English Language Centers for Adults EF Local English Language Centers for Kids
and Teens EF Englishtown
EF Corporate Language Learning Solutions EF Learning Labs
EF International Academy EF Educational Travel EF Explore America
EF Educational Tours EF College Study Tours
Go Ahead Tours Affiliated Organizations
EF is also affiliated with an independent, not-for-profit business school, Hult International
Business School, and two independent, exchange programs, EF High School Exchange Year and
Cultural Care Au Pair. 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 Hult Prize
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 will be working to provide English language training to an estimated 1 million Brazilians,
including Olympics volunteers and 550,000 school children across the country. 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,
2013. The EF EPI shows a link between a country’s
adult English proficiency and its competitiveness. Each year, the United Nations Alliance on
Civilizations partners with EF to host the UNAOC-EF Summer School, which brings together
100 youth leaders from all over the world to work on youth engagement in decision-making
processes in their home countries. 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 is the
Prize’s lead sponsor. References External links
EF Education First Worldwide EF Education First United States
EF Education First United Kingdom EF Educational Tours
Cultural Care Au Pair EF English First

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