Dr Michael MilanovicChief Executive, Cambridge ESOL, UK
Dr Milanovic is chief executive of Cambridge ESOL, a part of Cambridge Assessment which is a department of Cambridge University. Cambridge ESOL is responsible for the testing of over 3 million people in more than 150 countries world-wide every year. It offers the most comprehensive range of English examinations for speakers of other languages globally. All of this activity – and the continuing growth in the number of people taking Cambridge ESOL exams – rests on ESOL’s commitment to ensuring that the changing needs of language learners and teachers throughout the world are met. This ensures that thousands of universities, employers, government agencies and other organisations recognise the qualifications it provides. To support this, Cambridge ESOL continues to invest in a world-leading programme of research, development and communication and to work with partner organisations to share its knowledge and expertise.
Michael Milanovic became chief executive of Cambridge ESOL in May 2003. He has been with Cambridge Assessment since 1989, first as the Head of the Evaluation Unit in EFL and later as deputy director EFL. Michael is also the manager of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE), formed in 1989 and now consisting of over 30 member organisations representing nearly 30 European languages. ALTE aims to establish common standards in language certification and collaborate on joint projects across Europe and has participated in many projects such as the development of the Common European Framework.
Michael got his Ph.D in Language Testing at the University of London in 1988. He worked in Paris for 3 years as a Director of Studies before spending seven years in Hong Kong, with the British Council, the Hong Kong Examinations Authority and finally as a senior lecturer at the City Polytechnic of Hong Kong.
He established the Cambridge University Press published series Studies in Language Testing in 1995 and is now co-editor.