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IDP Education is a global company offering student placement and English language testing services. It is the world's largest student placement firm with a network of over 70 student offices in more than 24 countries. IDP Education has over 40 years experience working with universities and government organisations and has placed more than 300,000 students in educational institutions around the world.

We believe that students choose international education to fulfil study, career and life goals, and IDP is committed to working with students to help them make the right educational choices to achieve these goals. An international education experience will improve the skills and self-confidence of the individual, and ultimately enable students to become better global citizens. Our work in the Canadian higher education system builds on our successful Australian student placement service model.

IDP Education is a major sponsor of research in international education and pioneered the forecasting of international student trends and growth. IDP also sponsors the Database of Research in International Education – a searchable database which houses material on international education published from 1990 onwards.

In 1987, IDP established the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) which today is one of the most recognised international education conferences in the world.

IDP Education is part owner of IELTS, the world's leading English language proficiency test, in conjunction with the British Council and University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. More than 1.4 million people from 130 countries take the IELTS each year. Today, IELTS is recognised by 6,000 organisations globally, including over 2,000 U.S. universities, colleges, and professional associations.

Mr Anthony Pollock, Chief Executive Officer of IDP Education since May 2005, has over 20 years experience in international education. In 2006, Mr. Pollock led IDP through the equity-raising process which resulted in SEEK Limited becoming a 50 per cent shareholder in IDP. Mr Pollock is a firm believer in the many positive benefits of international education, both on a personal level for students and for societies as a whole. IDP Education is now jointly owned by 38 Australian universities and SEEK Limited, Australia's leading online employment and training company.

Since IDP's establishment, there has been a five-fold increase in the number of international students in higher education around the world. This has resulted in a sharing of knowledge and expertise between developed and developing countries, which is unprecedented in history.  International education plays a major role in breaking down cultural barriers and promoting international understanding, and millions of students have now spent a formative part of their lives studying in another country. IDP is proud to have built its business in international education and to have been a part of these historic developments.

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