Cambridge reaches 100 million learners milestone

Cambridge University Press & Assessment is reaching more than 100 million students and other learners. 

The figure underlines Cambridge’s unique capability and reach across more than 170 countries, spanning books and learning materials, assessments, curriculum development and education reform. 

The news comes just two years after Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press came together as a single organisation in August 2021.

The two organisations set an ambitious target of reaching 100 million learners by 2026. That goal has been met ahead of schedule.

Cambridge supports this huge number of learners through exams such as GCSEs and IGCSEs, A levels and Cambridge Nationals, English language tests and tools including IELTS and Linguaskill, reference sources such as Cambridge Dictionary Online, and through Cambridge curricula, support for teachers and education reform programmes.

Peter Phillips, Chief Executive of Cambridge University Press & Assessment, said: 

“This is a moment to celebrate. I’m delighted that we have passed our target of reaching more than 100 million learners, something which has happened only because of our deep commitment to students and teachers and to the quality of our assessments and learning materials to support them.

“Each of those learners has their own story, aspirations and potential. Our commitment to every one of them has remained the same, and will remain the same, regardless of how many more people we reach.”

Cambridge works in partnership with the huge community it reaches around the world to design, iterate and improve approaches to assessment and learning materials.

Feedback from students and teachers informs – and strengthens – the products and services that Cambridge delivers.  

Even greater reach – scholarly publishing

The full reach of Cambridge University Press & Assessment is in fact significantly greater than 100 million.

In addition to our work with learners and teachers, the Academic team enables millions of researchers to access outstanding academic books, research journals and other scholarly materials. Researchers downloaded 114 million of them digitally over the last year, in addition to all the physical copies they read. 

Cambridge’s commitment to open access academic publishing is enabling more people than ever to access high-quality research. Within the last year, more than 50 percent of Cambridge University Press journal articles were published open access.

The organisation is on course for the vast majority of its research papers to be open access by 2025. 

This year, Cambridge also removed open access publication fees for scholars from more than 100 low- and middle-income countries to expand access to the highest quality material in an equitable way.