Cambridge University Press (CUP), which is the oldest publishing press in the world, has established its first branch in Nigeria.
Having published academic titles for pre-university students in more than 50 countries, including emerging markets such as Malaysia, India, China, Kenya and South Africa, the Cambridge University Press is working closely with Nigerian authorities and leading education professionals to launch into the Nigerian market.
CUP will be offering its expertise by partnering with local authors and curriculum experts to develop a bespoke series of high-quality education materials for the Nigerian market based on the approved Nigerian curricula.
The publishing press is set to launch with an event for the education sector, comprising primary and secondary schools and education officials at the State and Federal Government levels at the Oriental Hotel in Lekki Lagos on May 4, 2016.
The former Minister of Education and former Vice President of the African Division of the World Bank, Oby Ezekwesilli will be the Guest Speaker at the event, while Professor Ismail Junaidu, the Executive Secretary Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, will be the Guest of Honour.
Ezekwesilli will be speaking the challenges of providing quality education for all Nigerian children and how attaining the goal will promote social cohesion and economic development.
In recognition of the importance of the Nigerian market, the launch event will also be attended by Cambridge University Press CEO, Peter Phillips and Colleen McCallum, Managing Director, Cambridge University Press.
CUP will produce English language and science (physics, chemistry, biology) books (based on the Nigerian curriculum) at very competitive costs for the Nigerian school system.
There is no doubt that Nigerian students will have access to the best teaching resources; which is key to improving the level of attainment across the whole education spectrum, from primary to higher levels.
The Managing Director for Education at Cambridge University Press, Rod Smith said; “Cambridge has decades of experience supporting Ministries of Education all over the world with training and quality control for the development of their own learning and assessment materials which is why we are so confident that through working collaboratively with ministers, educators, teachers and students alike, we can make a positive impact.”
The entry of the CUP into the Nigerian market means its teaching and learning materials will be produced locally and will become widely available in Nigeria at affordable costs.
Smith reiterated; “The aim of this programme is to give every learner in Nigeria the opportunity to share in and benefit from the gold-standard tradition and contemporary relevance of the University of Cambridge.”
The Nigeria Country Manager of Cambridge University Press, Lawrence Aladesuyi also confirmed that CUP books have been priced competitively to bring them within the reach of every class of schools and students from a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds.
A former Executive Secretary for the Nigerian Publishers’ Association, Mr. Aladesuyi is highly regarded in the Nigerian Publishing industry, was appointed as Country Manager to ensure that CUP’s offering in Nigeria is targeted and delivered to the highest possible standards.
Aladesuyi also disclosed that Cambridge University Press has registered a Nigerian company and opened an office in Ikeja, Lagos to support this programme. A sales force and office staff are in place.
The first set of Cambridge Press books will be available in early May 2016.