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The ICEF Education Fund sponsors three students from Nicaragua
The ICEF Education Fund is proud to announce its sponsorship of three high school students from Nicaragua through La Esperanza Granada. The ICEF Education Fund aims to help disadvantaged youths around the world access education . To help these young people on their path to education, personal growth, and social involvement, the Education Fund hand-picks promising educational projects in areas wh...
Canada reception at NAFSA 2017, sponsored by guard.me
Earlier this summer,  guard.me International Insurance  partnered with  EduCanada  and Canadian institutions to host the annual Canada Reception at  NAFSA.  More than 400 delegates from around the world got a taste of Canadian culture at the famous Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles.   The evening opened with a traditional bagpipe performan...
Announcing two new emerging market events for 2018: ICEF Ukraine Focus and ICEF Africa Workshop
ICEF announced today the addition of two new key destinations in the 2018 workshop schedule. The new events in Ukraine and South Africa reflect ICEF’s ongoing commitment to developing student recruitment markets for its client base around the world. “Our clients have told us clearly that they wish to expand their efforts in Ukraine and Africa, so we are delighted to take ICEF to Kiev a...
Interview with Nicoletta Pinto, guard.me Account Manager for Europe
For today's interview we had the pleasure to speak with Nicoletta Pinto, guard.me's new Account Manager for Europe. Nicoletta is a familiar face in our industry as she has previously worked in the language school sector in Spain. Today, we shall find out more about her move to guard.me and about her new role within this organisation and what it entails.   1. Nicoletta, you’ve...
StudyTravel Star Awards 2017 shortlist unveiled
The shortlist for the StudyTravel Star Awards 2017 has been released, celebrating the international education businesses that have most impressed their peers, with awards for study travel agents, language schools, high schools, vocational colleges, associations and service providers.     Now in their 12th year, the  StudyTravel Star Awards  are a unique peer-vot...
FEDELE meets with the Department for Educational Planning at the Ministry of Education
On the 9th June,  Carmen Timor  and  Ana Cózar , president and manager of FEDELE respectively, held a meeting with the Department for Educational Planning at the Ministry of Education. The Department was represented by José María Fernández Lacasa, Director General of Management and Educational Planning at the Ministry of Education and David Ferrán Priestley, Deputy Di...
2017 CBIE INTL Conference Bursary Application
The International Network of Tomorrow’s Leaders (INTL) , a professional learning community of  CBIE , is pleased to announce that it will be awarding fourteen (14) conference bursaries to attend CBIE’s Annual Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 19-22, 2017.   The bursary covers the full conference registration fee and will be awarded to new and emerging lead...
FELTOM Summer Parties
FELTOM launched the summer season when it hosted its first Summer Junior Event, which kicked off on Wednesday 21 st June at Gianpula Village.   Summer Junior Events will be welcoming over 200 students from the ages of 13 to 17 years of age who will enjoy dancing to the latest tunes provided by Malta’s popular DJs. Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks will also be available for purcha...
WEBA on the Road - What is it?
' WEBA on the Road ' is a new concept which will be integrated in the WEBA Workshops and as well during their visits to the various schools worldwide. In this interview with Jimmy Smeraldi, Richard Affolter, CEO of WEBA speaks more in depth about this concept, who it is for and what it is innovative.   This concept will give the opportunity to Educators to be Interviewed in a ...
Ana Bratkovic celebrates 15 years at NEAS
NEAS would like to thank and acknowledge Ana Bratkovic for her 15 years of service to NEAS and its members. Ana has been a key contributor to NEAS’ transformative journey over the years, 3 years ago taking up the role of General Manager. The depth of Ana’s industry knowledge is highly valued by her colleagues, as is her passion for promoting quality and sharing best practice. &...
Interview with Danny Harrington, Co-founder of ITS Education Asia
How did ITS Education Asia come about and when was the school opened?   In the vast majority of schools, the learning model remains fairly close to what it was a hundred and fifty years ago: kids watching a teacher at the front of a room. That is the reality of learning for most children. At ITS Education Asia, however, the idea is that education should be truly learner-centred and not ...
UK government supports StudyWorld 2017
The Department for International Trade will have a major presence at StudyWorld 2017, with commercial officers from all over the world available for meetings with UK educators.   Also expected are large delegations from Gulf region governments and London embassies, which will be represented in specialist zones at the event at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster.   &l...
2 Weeks left to benefit from Early Bird Prices for our Dive and Network Event
There are only 2 weeks left to book your place at the Dive & Network Event and benefit from discounts! After the 31st July prices will go back up to normal.    So what is this Dive & Network Event?   Schools & Agents has teamed up with fRilingue to bring together education providers, consultants and service providers within the Education Travel Industry to mi...
Pre production underway for new NEAS online courses
CEO Patrick Pheasant, General Manager Ana Bratkovic and Quality Assessor Lauren O’Hern recently spent a day being filmed at a professional video shoot in preparation for the release of our suite of three new online courses. Ideal for those who live in regional areas or overseas, or for those who may be too time poor to attend our face to face QLS workshops, these collaborative courses will n...
Malaga schools of Spanish win Tourism prize in Malaga
ACEM, the Association of Schools of Spanish in Malaga, has won the first Tourism prize awarded by the city of Malaga.   The prize ceremony took place at a gala event to celebrate the 10 th anniversary of the Foro de Turismo, the joint public-private initiative which has had such great success in promoting Malaga as a cultural tourism destination. The event was held in Malaga’s b...
Trinity College London Rock and Pop Song Showcase Videos
Over the next few weeks Trinity will be revealing some of the great new songs appearing on our Rock & Pop 2018 syllabus in a series of video showcases.   The videos  will see professional musicians putting their spin on songs from the Guitar, Drums, Bass, Vocals and Keyboards syllabuses, and telling us why the songs will be so great to learn and are so enjoyable to play. ...
Happy Birthday! guard.me Joins ILAC’s 20th Anniversary Celebration in Toronto
Happy Birthday, ILAC! This month, the  International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC)  is celebrating its 20 th  anniversary as an English language school in Canada. From July 28-30 th , guests from around the world will be joining ILAC in Toronto for a weekend of networking and festivities. As one of the main sponsors for the event,  guard.me International Insurance &...
5th Spanish as a Foreign Language Conference in Bangkok
Information about the 5th  Spanish as a Foreign Language Conference in Thailand , which will take place in Bangkok on the 26 th  and 27th January 2018, is now available.   The main aim of the event is to share experiences and ideas, to discuss points of view concerning Spanish language teaching and to present  proposals.  It is organised by the Spanish Section ...
SEO - Get on Google's Page 1
Get Your School or Organization Found on Google. All the Time!   Let's say you want to get students to enrol in one of your courses. You have everything set up to start selling your courses and start taking in students. You have a number of options that you can take - you can:   a) hire someone to get the sales for you and pay a big chunk in commission. b) spend lots of mo...
Summer course: Spanish throughout the world
The Instituto Cervantes  and the  Universidad Complutense de Madrid  are collaborating once again on the 30 th  Cursos de Verano Complutense en El Escorial. The course will take place from the 10 th  to 12 th  of July at the San Lorenzo site at El Escorial. This year’s programme is entitled “Spanish throughout the world, a sustainable economic ass...
Register now for the NEAS Quality Learning Series
NEAS is offering some outstanding new Quality Learning Series workshops to our members in July. On July 28, NEAS Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pheasant will be delivering an Executive QLS on Risk and Governance in Melbourne as part of the UECA PD Fest. This interactive workshop will cover such concepts as good governance, ethics, corporate social responsibility and organisational design. Part...
Quality English welcomes new school and 9th English Language destination
English in Cyprus , the largest international language school in Cyprus, has joined the Quality English brand of English language schools. This is the first international recognition of any English Language school in Cyprus.   The school, based in the coastal city of Limassol, offers year-round General, Exam and Family programmes and operates a Junior Summer Camp just outside of the ci...
International House and StudentMarketing sign strategic partnership
International House and StudentMarketing sign a 3Y strategic partnership to provide joint market intelligence for IH members and the study abroad industry. International House World Organisation (IHWO), a global network of over 150 affiliated private language schools in 52 countries, and StudentMarketing, a global market intelligence and strategic development company, have signed a 3-year ...
ICEF Southeast Asia Workshop: Full subscription marks a successful event
On June 14-16, 2017 over 350 participants from 26 countries came together at the inaugural ICEF Southeast Asia Workshop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Rising family incomes, a growing economy and high demand for quality education make Vietnam an important, emerging market for international educators and the ideal host country for ICEF’s newest workshop. The event was sold out with a waitlist ...
Hope After Loss: guard.me Joins a² to Build School Library in Turkey After 11 Students Die in Fire
Earlier this spring,  guard.me International Insurance  joined  a² Fairs  to help build a school library in the remote mountain village of Aladağ, 100 km north of Adana in the southern part of Turkey. Last year, a sudden fire broke out in one of the dormitories at the central school resulting in the deaths of 11 female students and one teacher.   Nestled in ...
FELTOM kicks off summer Junior Events
FELTOM launched the summer season when it hosted its first Summer Junior Event, which kicked off on Wednesday 21 st June at Gianpula Village.   Summer Junior Events will be welcoming over 2000 students from the ages of 13 to 17 years of age who will enjoy dancing to the latest tunes provided by Malta’s popular DJs. Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks will also be available for purch...
NEAS Quality Learning Series 2017
Throughout 2017,  NEAS  will offer 40 workshops across Australia for teachers and professionals as part of the Quality Learning Series (QLS). This year will see the release of nine new workshops aligned with the  NEAS Quality Assurance Framework , providing high quality professional development for ELT teachers and professional staff across all sectors (independant ELICOS, VET, ...
CourseFinders – a review site for schools and agents
CourseFinders.com , a student-facing site from ICEF, brings reviews to the language travel industry, to the benefit of students, schools and agents. Students gain an objective resource to help them choose their course. Schools and agents gain qualified leads from prospective students.   Everybody knows how important reviews are in the travel industry. Review sites such as TripAdvisor a...
Gallery Teachers presents the Safeguarding Basic Awareness course
With the issue of safeguarding students being the top priority of any educational organisation, Gallery Teachers is proud to present our brand new Safeguarding Basic Awareness course. This course is now open for registrations and the good news is....it is completely FREE of charge.   This course focusses on safeguarding within the ELT industry, however, it does not necessarily have to b...
The WEBA Workshop in China
WEBA World organise various workshops in many different destinations around the world all throughout the year, however, their most famous workshop and the one that is attended by the largest number of educators and agents is the workshop in China. In fact, WEBA organises more than one workshop in China during the year.   With 4 Agents Workshops per year in China, WEBA has reached a sta...
Hung parliament raises hopes for UK ELT
Prospects for a softer Brexit and a more welcoming attitude to international students may have improved by the lack of an overall majority for any party in the general election, says English UK .   The Conservative manifesto had promised a full Brexit, leaving both the single market and the customs union, while Labour said it would keep the UK in the single market and the customs unio...
The 2017 NEAS Management Conference
NEAS would like to thank all those who attended the 2017 NEAS Management Conference which has been an incredible success. This year the conference was attended by the highest number of delegates in NEAS history! Many of the members mentioned it was the best NEAS conference they had ever attended, with special praise for Ita Buttrose's opening plenary, the catering and the overall organisation...
English UK members get world’s most immediate ELT data
Detailed market reports on 2017’s first trading quarter are now being used by English UK members to plan and revise their business strategies.    The first report of English UK’s Quarterly Intelligence Cohort (QUIC) scheme has just gone out to its 124 members, providing an in-depth, quarterly analysis of the UK industry’s source markets within six weeks of the qua...
International House holds its 2017 Directors’ Conference in Toronto with guard.me
International House directors from around the globe have just returned from an incredible edition of the annual Directors’ Conference. Breaking from tradition, instead of being hosted by an affiliate school, this year IH Directors were kindly hosted by our partners guard.me Insurance in their wonderful city of Toronto.   Keith Segal, President and Founder of guard.me Insurance sai...
Getting to know Global College - New Platinum Member
In today's interview we shall be taking a closer look at Global College Malta to find out why agents should get in touch with them in order to promote their courses in various destinations. Global College is located in SmartCity, Malta.   How did Global College start and when was it established?   Global College Malta is one of the top educational institutions offering a wide...
FELTOM Networking Event
FELTOM  hosted a fantastic networking event at The Rooftop, which is part of the outdoor clubbing complex, Gianpula Village.    This event brought together members of staff from FELTOM-accredited schools in a lovely ambience with a majestic backdrop provided by the silhouette of Mdina, Malta's Silent City. It was a great opportunity to meet people from our local industry befo...
News from New Horizons Australia
A lot's been going on at New Horizons Australia - from a new brochure, to a whole suite of new Diploma courses, to listed new Oracle training courses - all this and much more which we shall be keeping you up to date on.   5 New Nationally Accredited Diploma Courses   That's right, we've just released 5 new, nationally accredited IT and Digital Media Diploma Courses. If you're...
IELA's Summer Programme in Dublin
IELA-Dublin , an agency run by parents, for parents , located in the beautiful safe prestigious villages of Sutton and Howth, just 20 minutes from Dublin airport.   We provide a unique ‘ hands on’ service to students and their parents and work with exceptionally high quality host families located close to Sutton and Howth villages.  As Nicky & Emer live in...
A typical virtual fair with IAES
International African Education Summit (IAES) continues to grow as one of the unique student and agent recruitment agencies within the Africa, Middle East and Asia regions.   Amidst the various cost-effective solutions launched to helping Institutions grow their numbers within a time-frame, IAES has recently launched the virtual fair option.   The virtual fair is created for ...
Under 18s outnumber adult students in UK ELT for the first time
There were more junior than adult students in the UK’s ELT centres in 2016, as structural changes within the industry continue.   English UK’s latest student statistics report shows that, while many source markets declined last year, China entered the top five after years of steady growth and Saudi Arabia replaced Spain in second place. Italy remains the UK’s top sendi...
Interviewing Caroline Esinam Adzogble from IAES
Today we are pleased to publish an interview with Caroline Esinam Adzogble, a young entrepreneur and a very inspiring woman. We hope you enjoy reading this interview as much as we enjoyed working on it.   How did you start in the Education Travel Industry? It all begun after my parent company Potter's International College got accredited as a career college in Ghana in the year 2014....
English UK Chief Executive vows to lead industry to success
Intelligence, quality, promotion and public affairs are at the heart of English UK’s plans for the future.   Revised priorities, a new mission and an updated membership model were announced at English UK’s annual conference by Chief Executive Sarah Cooper, in response to what she described as “extreme pressure” being faced by the UK ELT sector.   &ldqu...
The Dive and Network Programme
It is official. Schools & Agents, together with fRilingue are organising the second networking event for the Education Travel Industry. Following our Ski and Network event in Switzerland this January, we have decided to do something in a warmer climate which still provides participants with an exciting programme of events during which to network and talk shop! For this reason, we have d...
Introducing AIL Madrid
In today's interview we are pleased to introduce AIL Madrid  so that you can read about what this school has to offer and how our agents can benefit from working with them.    How did AIL Madrid come about and when was the school opened?   The School Director and founder, Chris Haworth started AIL Madrid 11 years , although the story goes back beyond them to Chris...
The 2017 ICEF North America Workshop - Vancouver becomes ICEF's largest event ever held in Canada
Following the success of the largest ever Australia New Zealand Agent (ANZA) Workshop earlier this month, ICEF just hosted yet another record-breaking event. With 911 participants from 59 countries, the 2017 ICEF North America Workshop - Vancouver became ICEF’s largest agent networking event to be held in Canada. From April 23-25, 2017, North American educators, student recruitment agents, a...
A fond farewell to Jan Capper executive director at IALC
Jan will be leaving  IALC  to take up a position as the Chief Executive of  CUBO , the association of College and University Business Officers in the UK and Ireland.   Jan began her career in tourism, working for British, American and Malaysian travel companies in operational and marketing roles. She discovered study travel when she became marketing director o...
14 days left to register for the NEAS Management Conference
Register now to secure your place at the NEAS Management Conference 11-12 May 2017, at Doltone House in Sydney.   This year's conference will be the major English Language Training event in NSW this year, so don't miss out on the opportunity to network and participate in some great professional development. The program is now finalised and promises a diverse and innovative line of prese...
New Platform FruitFame.com
A new platform has just been launched to help international education industry professionals showcase success stories that move the needle in marketing, branding, recruitment, enrolment and retention. FruitFame.com , brought to life by Jackfruit Marketing , offers a new channel for people to give their own version of how they achieved success.   FruitFame.com enables users to create...
Giorgia Biccelli heads up new IALC Executive Board
IALC has elected Giorgia Biccelli, director of Linguaviva in Italy as its new president. Ms Biccelli, who previously served as vice president for quality assurance, leads an international board of directors drawn from IALC member schools.  Ms Biccelli, reflecting upon being named president of IALC said: “IALC is a unique association and I feel extremely honoured and privile...
ICEF celebrates ten years of the Australia New Zealand Agent ANZA Workshop
The Australia New Zealand Agent (ANZA) Workshop just celebrated a 10-year milestone. Over the years, ANZA has become the largest agent networking event in Oceania, bringing together international student recruitment professionals from all over the world. On April 5 - 7, 2017, ANZA welcomed 482 participants to the Cairns Convention Centre, Australia; growing by an impressive 15% over last year. Org...
Back in Buenos Aires: promoting the UK to Latin American educational tour operators
The English UK Regional Fair, Latin America 2017 returned to the historic Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, earlier this month: six years after the UK-based language teaching association's last foray in the city.   Latin America accounts for 11% of English language learning student weeks in the UK and, in the last annual statistical report, English UK members identified Argentina as a gr...
PON returns for 2017 bigger than ever before
The EU-funded scheme to boost English skills among Italian secondary pupils returns this summer, potentially benefiting English UK member centres.   PON 2017 is worth €3,000 per student and for the first time covers schools from the whole of Italy, although the bulk of funding is still concentrated on its southern regions.   Sarah Cooper, English UK’s chief executi...
FELTOM calls for work-study permits and walk-in applications to boost intake of international students
“FELTOM is constantly on the forefront lobbying for a number of issues and is currently exploring policies which tackle accessibility to efficient Visa processes, the introduction for work-study permits and walk-in applications – all of which would give an essential boost to local intake opening up for international students from different markets.”   This was stated b...
News from the IALC 2017 Workshop and AGM in Boston
As many of you know IALC has recently held its annual Workshop and AGM in Boston, US between the 23rd and 26th of March 2017. Here are some of the highlights of this event.   AGM  Elections Celestine Rowland of Galway Cultural Institute completed her three-year term of office as IALC President and stepped down from the IALC Board. She was given a standing ovation at the AGM and...
Welcome to our New and Improved Schools and Agents Website
Spring is the time when nature is reborn after the cold winter months. And in our case we are also celebrating spring, a different kind of spring. It is with great pleasure that after months of hard work, we launch our new website. www.schoolsandagents.com has had a total makeover…and we couldn’t be happier to share her new face with you.   In this article we shall go t...
Eddie Byers Scholarships launched: supporting communities through English language teaching
The Eddie Byers Scholarships, in memory of the late chief executive of English UK, are now open to applicants from UK charities for the first time.   They will “enrich and support individuals and communities through English language teaching” through projects which meet a demonstrable need, have lasting effects, and create opportunities which would not otherwise have been av...
ICEF Moscow Workshop celebrates a special 20-year milestone
On March 17-19, 2017 ICEF celebrated an important milestone - the 20th year of the ICEF Moscow Workshop. For two decades ICEF Moscow has attracted educators, agents, and industry service providers from all over the world looking to build new partnerships. This year was no different; in total 374 participants, 7% of whom were attending their first ICEF event, gathered in Moscow for two days of one-...
Getting to know ILE - New Platinum Member
In today's interview we're speaking to Richard Ferro and Tania Assuncao who operate an Online English Language School from Malta. In our industry online and blended learning have become quite popular and here we are going to find out how ILE - I Love English do it, and what their recipe to success is.     The concept of ILE is quite different from that of traditional schools. ...
IH Roadshow 2017
International House Study Abroad schools have been busy over the past few weeks putting on the 2017 edition of the IH Roadshow.   The biggest Roadshow to date, the team included staff from 23 IH Study Abroad schools and events in 6 different cities.   IH representatives had an excellent time meeting with local study abroad agents and students who were able to find out all the...
The first ICEF Central Asia Focus held in Kazakhstan
On March 13-14, 2017 ICEF hosted 149 participants at its first ICEF Central Asia Focus event in Almaty, Kazakhstan. During the one-and-a-half-day workshop, 110 organisations from 24 countries worldwide conducted 944 pre-scheduled business meetings. 18% of participants were attending an ICEF event for the first time.    Central Asia is increasing its importance in the international ...
English UK leads the way on ELT market data
English UK is launching a new market intelligence service which will alert its members to trends and how they are performing in relation to competitors within weeks of each quarter ending.   The Quarterly Intelligence Cohort (QUIC) will bring a range of benefits to English UK members who take part, including professional analysis, quarterly high-quality and detailed reports, accurate ...
Dive and Network in Malta
The Network Plus, formed by Schools & Agents and fRilingue, proudly present another networking event for the education travel industry: Dive and Network in Malta.   When will it be?   The event takes place from Thursday, 28 th  September to Monday 2 nd  October 2017.   What's the plan?   These events are aimed at all those people who ...
FELTOM17 is in full swing
The first morning of meetings at the FELTOM Workshop which is currently being held in Malta is now over and it is time for agent school visits!   However, the annual FELTOM Malta Workshop officially kicked off yesterday with a welcome reception at the Malta National Aquarium after the agents had a full day to explore Gozo and enjoy Malta's sister island.   This morning it w...
London terrorist attack: English UK reassures agents, students and families
English UK has joined other UK authorities urging students and families not to be alarmed, after London became the latest European city to be affected by terrorism.   Sarah Cooper, chief executive of English UK, said: "We are profoundly shocked by the act of one individual yesterday, and our thoughts are with the families of the visitors and Londoners who were caught up in this attack...
New format of English UK regional fairs proves a success
English UK’s recent regional fair attracted great feedback from UK educators pleased with the opportunity to maximise networking time with quality educational tour operators (ETOs) from across the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.   Held at a luxury resort hotel in Abu Dhabi, this event trialled English UK's new fair format. Whilst the ever popular key elements remain ...
Digital marketing through video
The student decision of where to study is now mainly driven by lifestyle choices and perception. Students want to know what their experience will be like at any given institution in another country. What does it look like? What can you do there? What are other students like them saying about it? As educators and marketers, we are constantly striving to convey this information in an authentic manne...
Program Available for 2017 NEAS Management Conference
Register now for the 2017 NEAS Conference. Our theme, THE Q FACTOR, embraces the importance of identifying and celebrating best practice in quality in international education. Developing a culture of quality requires strong committed stewardship from everyone in the sector and a shared understanding of quality.   The draft conference program is  available . Plenary Speaker at t...
The Network Plus - Making Networking Affordable and Fun
Schools & Agents have teamed up with fRilingue to come up with a networking option for those schools and organisations who are interested in networking with other industry professionals in different parts of the world while having fun and trying out new and exciting things.   The focus of our events is networking, meaning that we have a full programme of activities and you are all...
The IALC Workshop in Boston - coming right up!
This year the IALC Workshop is moving to Boston, specifically to the Boston Park Plaza, which is a true Boston landmark and a hotel that combines historical charm with contemporary elegance. This workshop provides agents from all around the world to meet over 150 IALC schools, and is being hosted by ELC Boston.   The IALC Workshops are renowned for the thousands of courses that agents...
High number of first-time participants at the ICEF Mexico-Colombia Agent Roadshow
On February 28 and March 3, 2017, the ICEF Mexico - Colombia Agent Roadshow offered one-day workshops in Mexico City and Bogota. During the event, 295 participants from 17 countries conducted 1 828 on-site business meetings. Of all roadshow participants, 14% were attending their first ICEF event.   Mexico and Colombia are the second and third largest economies in Latin America respect...
The FELTOM Malta Workshop comes to an end
After almost a week of activities, networking, meetings and heaps of fun and good connections, the FELTOM Malta Workshop, which was being held at the Radisson Blu Resort Hotel and Spa at Golden Bay in Malta came to an end last night with a lovely closing reception. It was yet another opportunity to mix and mingle and for two lucky winners the cherry on the cake was the fact that they won a fl...
Interviewing the University of Malta at WEBA Malta
The WEBA Malta workshop was held on Wednesday 15th March 2017 at the Preluna Hotel in Sliema. This workshop enabled the participating Higher Education Institutions to meet agents from Turkey, Ukraine and Russia, among other places, and to talk in depth about the possibility of working together to send students for the programmes that these institutions offer. In this clip you can see Lynne in...
Interviewing the New York Military Academy at WEBA Malta
In this second interview that we did during the WEBA Malta workshop we speak with Jonathan from the New York Military Academy about his experience in Malta, at WEBA and also about what his education institution does.   ...
Nominations are now open for the Lead5050 WIE Awards 2017
Yesterday, Lead5050 opened their call for nominations for the first ever Women in International Education (WIE) Awards 2017.   The awards recognise outstanding men and women who work to raise the profile of gender equality in the International Education industry. Lead5050 are also delighted to announce that the main sponsor for the awards will be ILAC .   If you would ...
Continued growth defines the ICEF Japan – Korea Agent Roadshow
The ICEF Japan – Korea Agent Roadshow took place on February 21-23, 2017 in Tokyo and Seoul. During the two-day networking event educators met with Japanese and Korean agents conducting a total of 1 059 in-person business meetings. Overall, the event has grown by six percent compared to last year, hosting 268 participants from 17 countries around the world, of which 14% were attending an ICE...
guard.me partners with CanadaVisa to provide free online immigration tool for international students
guard.me International Insurance now offers international students a free online immigration tool in partnership with CanadaVisa. The CanadaVisa Study Hub provides international students with a wide range of customizable tools and resources, including information about visas, study permits and the Canadian immigration process.   "Navigating the Canadian immigration system can be confu...
TEQSA and NEAS Share Vision for Quality
On 20 February 2017, Patrick Pheasant, NEAS Chief Executive Officer and Anthony McClaran, Chief Executive Officer, TEQSA met regarding a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations. The memorandum came into effect December 2016 and recognises the two organisations shared vision for quality.   TEQSA plays a vital role in the global quality assurance and regulation of Aust...
guard.me supports EC education project in Cambodia
“We have defined our purpose as helping students succeed in a global community. This describes our reason for being and the impact we want to have on the world.” –EC English Language Centres   Across countries, time zones, and throughout all sections of its organisation, this statement inspires and focuses the team at EC English Language Centres. It is also a co...
Benjamin Colthorpe joins NEAS
Benjamin Colthorpe has joined the NEAS team as NEAS Quality Assurance Assessor (Sydney). Ben holds a Masters of Linguistics and joins us from the University of Newcastle Language Centre. Ben will be joining the NEAS Team based in Sydney and will be Account Manager for a number of NEAS providers across the country. NEAS has also placed Quality Assurance Assessors in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth in...
Event Preview - The FELTOM Malta Workshop 2017
It's only a few weeks away and once again FELTOM has a jam-packed programme for the schools, agents and service providers who will be joining us in Malta between the 13th and 17th of March 2017. Once again the FELTOM Malta Workshop will be held at The Radisson BLU Resort and Spa, Malta Golden Sands, one of Malta's most beautiful 5-star hotels, with a breathtaking view of one of our picturesqu...
Interview with Trinity College London
Trinity College London is an organisation that requires no introduction. We are pleased to have been in touch with Andrew Harrison, Business Development Manager for the UK and Ireland, who has answered some questions regarding how Trinity College London can be beneficial for our readers.   What are the aims of Trinity College London? Our aims are to promote and foster the best possib...
International House Roadshow 2017
Known for their intimate size and engaging atmosphere, International House Roadshows are an ideal chance for agents to discuss business opportunities, network in a relaxed yet structured setting and build new relationships with IH schools.   The next IH Roadshow will take place in Spain, France and Italy in March 2017 and will focus on some of our exciting Study Abroad schools and des...
Growth, diversity and new participants mark the ICEF Dubai Workshop
The ICEF Dubai Workshop, held on February 6-8 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, hosted 421 participants representing 301 organisations worldwide, a six percent increase from last year. Over the course of the two-and-a-half-day event, educators, student recruitment agents and education industry service providers from 44 countries conducted 4 014 face-to-face business meetings to form new partnership...
IHWO partners with guard.me International Insurance to host 2017 Directors’ Conference in Toronto, Canada
The annual International House World Organisation (IHWO) Directors’ Conference takes place this year from May 6 – 9, 2017 in Toronto. Traditionally hosted by a different International House school every year, this year the event is being hosted by longstanding IHWO partner guard.me International Insurance. Delegates from 160 affiliate schools worldwide are invited to attend the first-e...
NEAS launches 2017 Quality Learning Series
Throughout 2017, NEAS will offer 40 workshops across Australia for teachers and professionals as part of the Quality Learning Series (QLS). This year will see the release of nine new workshops aligned with the NEAS Quality Assurance Framework, providing high quality professional development for ELT teachers and professional staff across all sectors (independant ELICOS, VET, AMEP, high school and h...
Record Breaking IH AMT Conference Kicks off 2017
The year has got off to a record breaking start for International House World Organisation, with a bumper edition of the Academic Management and Trainers conference taking place in Greenwich from January 5th – 7th. 2017 is the second year that the conference has included delegates from both academic management and teacher trainer roles within the IH network, which has contributed to the rise...
NEAS signs MOU with ASQA
On 14 January 2017, Patrick Pheasant, NEAS Chief Executive Officer and Professor The Hon Michael Lavarch AO, Commissioner Risk, Intelligence and Regulatory Support of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) met regarding a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations. The memorandum came into effect on 5 January 2017 and recognises the two organisation’s strong collaborat...
IHWO January News
In this article we shall look at some of the IH schools around the world and see what they have been up to over the past few weeks.   GLS IH Berlin - Campus Hotel with a Pool Since October 2016 students at GLS IH Berlin, have access to a swimming pool. The pool is part of the new hotel on campus, Hotel Oderberger. The British newspaper The Guardian recently listed the hotel as "one...
Interviewing Markus Badde - ICEF
Markus Badde is certainly someone who does not need any introductions in our field. For many years he has developed the ICEF brand, so that nowadays his company offers services to every player from every corner of the world within the education travel industry. In this interview we're going back to the roots of ICEF, to see how it started and to find out more about the ethos of the company and tho...
New networking group aims to raise profile of women in the international education industry and launches
Women in International Education (WIE) Awards 2017 When we were lucky enough to speak to senior women in the industry who had blazed a trail before us, and we heard their story, we felt energised and inspired to do more. We would come away from even just a short conversation, feeling we could achieve our goals. If they had done it, why not us? So we asked ourselves, ´how can we share this en...
guard.me Sponsors Ski & Network Event
We are proud to announce that guard.me International Insurance is sponsoring our Ski & Network event that kicks off tomorrow, 6th January 2017 - an event which is being organised in collaboration with our partners in Switzerland, fRilingue.   guard.me is giving out Medical Cover to all the participants at the event, and with that, as per the company's slogan, it is keeping me (and...
Our annual Christmas video is here!
It's 630am on Christmas Eve. Presents have all been wrapped and placed under the tree, and we are all ready to start with the Christmas celebrations. However, we couldn't leave before making a short video of thanks and good greetings and sharing it with you! A very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. See you all in 2017!   Photo credit:  www.jasoncoreyphoto.com  ...
FELTOM’s Christmas Drinks, More Than Just A Social Do
The Federation of English Language Teaching Organisations of Malta (FELTOM) recently hosted its annual Christmas drinks party. The social evening at Valletta Waterfront’s Hard Rock Bar was attended by FELTOM board members, schools and a number of agents.   During the event, an informal collection amongst all those present, raised a contribution of €250 which have now been d...
In a world full of sadness, good people still exist!
Most of you have certainly met Alison Sturrock, who has been part of the fabulous IHWO team for quite a while now. It is with a heavy heart that we now have to say goodbye to her, however, we are not here to write about sad things. In fact, we are here to share Alison's story as she embarks on her new adventure helping people in some of the poorest regions in the world. Here's her story!  ...
IHWO Donates to YUVA Syrian Refugee Charity
In May this year during the annual IH Directors conference, held in Oxford in 2016, school directors took part in a charity auction by bringing items from their home countries to be auctioned off.   This year IHWO raised money for YUVA, a charity working to empower the Syrian community in the South East of Turkey through its Nizip and Kırıkhan Community Centers since 2013 under the Sy...
guard.me Announces Keystone Partnership with Manitoba Council for International Education
guard.me International Insurance is pleased to formalize its ongoing commitment to the Manitoba Council for International Education (MCIE) by becoming its official Keystone Partner. The partnership will help MCIE create greater professional development opportunities for its members and to recruit qualified international students to the Province of Manitoba.   "MCIE is very excited to ...
ICEF Coach
One of the themes running through every international education conference we attend these days is that of increased competition. Whether in the form of emerging markets looking for international students or increased activity from competition in their region, schools are saying that you have to work harder to attract international students. How true is this?   In fact, it is ver...
Agent quality continues to be a defining aspect of the ICEF North America Workshop – Miami
The ICEF North America Workshop – Miami, ICEF’s largest agent networking event in North America, was held on December 5-7, 2016 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, USA. The workshop hosted 1,053 participants representing 715 organizations from 72 countries worldwide, 14% of whom were first-time ICEF workshop attendees. Over the course of two days, 451 educators, primarily from the US and C...
It's time for this year's IH Christmas Video!
It is that time of the year when we start thinking about Christmas traditions from all around the world, and this year's International House video focuses on just that.   IH would like to thank everyone who took part: International House Integra Katowice, International House Toruń, International House Sydney Language School, International House Coimbra, International House Valencia - ...
CBIE 2016 in Ottawa – guard.me annual networking reception
This year at the CBIE Conference in Ottawa, guard.me International Insurance hosted its annual networking reception at the trendy Sidedoor Kitchen and Bar in the Byward Market. The event was a chance for guard.me partners and associates to catch up with colleagues while enjoying internationally inspired entrees, tapas and tacos.   The evening was all about "Making an impact" as guard....
Professor Michael Anderson - Key Note Speaker at NEAS Management Conference
NEAS are pleased to announce that Professor Michael Anderson will be a key note speaker at their annual conference next year. Professor Anderson is an internationally recognised educational leader. He has taught, researched and published in education and transformation for over 20 years including 13 books and 55 book chapters and journal articles. His organisation 4C Transformative Learning w...
“SHAKES‐SHARE” – London, 11‐13th November, 2016
After a whirlwind weekend of theatre, language and international friendships, we can now look back at what was an incredible collaboration ‐ the first International Playhouse project: “Shakes‐Share”. This vibrant educational event saw three schools, three cultures and three languages come together to share their passion towards theatre and learning. The project involved Internatio...
Explore a world of language education through a cooperation and career with the Verbalists Language Network
Just in time for Christmas, we have received one of the finest accolades we could have hoped for – over a whopping 100,000 Facebook followers, and more than 1,000,000 video views on Verbalists’ YouTube channel. A big thank you from all of us!   We are also proud to announce that 2016 has been another record breaking year for Prodirekt having engaged more language learners ...
Featured Organisation - Londonist DMC
In this feature we are pleased to publish an interview that we did with Asim Erturk from Londonist DMC, which is the UK's leading destination management centre company, offering the widest choice of tailor made services in every area of London as well as other cities in the UK.   When did your company start and why did you feel there was the need to open such a company?   L...
Inspiration, professional development and catching up with colleagues: the English UK Teachers’ Conference
Preparing students for a world where they are likeliest to speak English with other non-native speakers, supporting learning difficulties and classroom research were just a few of the subjects tackled at a packed English UK Teachers’ Conference.   Over 200 teachers and exhibitors attended the London event, and organiser Tom Weatherley said it showed the quality of teaching in th...
Vocabulary project wins teachers’ Action Research award
A teacher who began her career in Russian schools has won the third English UK/Cambridge English Language Assessment Action Research scheme award.   Aida Sahutoglu, who teaches at St Giles' London Central school, was chosen for this year's award for her project investigating teaching students how to study vocabulary independently. Half of the students in her project were still using h...
2017 NEAS Management Conference - Save the Date!
NEAS will be hosting the NEAS 2017 Conference at Doltone House, located in Sydney's Darling Island Wharf on 11 and 12 May 2017. The theme this year will be Developing a Culture of Quality. NEAS will be hosting the NEAS 2017 Conference at Doltone House, located in Sydney's Darling Island Wharf on 11 and 12 May 2017. The theme this year will be Developing a Culture of Quality. ...
English UK and StudyPortals renew deal bringing cost-effective direct marketing to members
English UK members will continue to get a free or discounted listing on one of Europe’s leading course search websites after the organisation renewed its deal with the Study Portals group for a further year.   All English UK members get a free basic listing on the specialist LanguageLearningPortal site and a 10 per cent discount if they take up the premium service, which allows ...
Landmark settlement unlocks economic, skills development potential of English foreign language schools
Education South Africa (EduSA) has reached a landmark settlement with the Departments of Home Affairs and Higher Education and Training, easing the entry of its prospective international students into the country through the awarding of Ministerial exemptions. This follows a protracted policy impasse that EduSA says has wrought significant damage to its members, who are comprised of 22 English as ...
Record-breaking year for ICEF Berlin
The ICEF Berlin Workshop had another record-breaking year, hosting the largest-ever number of one-to-one business meetings. Over the course of the three-day workshop, 1 583 organisations from 100 countries came together to network, learn, and build meaningful connections through 27 267 onsite business meetings. Among the 2 444 participants 1 032 were education agents and 1 412 were educators, serv...
"10,000 Textbooks" Ready to Set Sail for Cambodia
The team at Voice in Cambodia are eagerly awaiting delivery of "10,000 Textbooks", donated by NEAS' sponsor Bookery (worth over $180,000.00), shipped by NEAS Quality Endorsed member ICTE-UQ and warehoused in-country by NEAS Quality Endorsed member ACE Cambodia.   NEAS member colleges and their staff have rallied to the cause, and have donated over $3,000.00 in cash to V...
International Playhouse: Shakes-Share performance by IH
Next weekend students from IH Ancona & Jesi and IH Voronezh will be in London performing their original versions of Shakespeare works.   Members of the public are warmly invited to join in for these performances at Leyton 6th Form College on Sunday 13th November from 2pm.   The performances are as follows: Students from Leyton 6th Form College will perform a version ...
Tag, tag, tag away: Our #ICEF16 photo album is ready
You can now view the photo album that we have uploaded to our Facebook page simply by clicking the link below.   Once you're at it feel free to tag yourselves, your colleagues and also your schools....oh, and if it's not too much to ask...please Like our page too :)   Link here . ...
The ICEF Berlin Workshop comes to an end!
"All 'our' bags are packed; 'We're ready to go..."   The ICEF Berlin Workshop has come to an end. Yesterday evening we saw the event come to an end at around 630pm, and for those of you who follow us on social media we actually walked with you through the hallways of the Intercontinental Hotel as the very last meetings were ending and as the stands started to be dismantled.  &...
The joys of international dance moves at #ICEF16
The first day of meetings at the ICEF Berlin Workshop came to an end with a fantastic Halloween-themed dinner....and, of course, dancing...lots of dancing!   Despite the numerous day meetings, which have increased this year, the dinner halls were packed and so was the dancing hall later on. Everyone seemed to be having a great time whilst networking with new connections and catching u...
Officially tuned in to #ICEF16
If you're in any way connected to the education travel industry, right now Berlin is the place to be.   The ICEF Berlin Workshop, an event which certainly needs no introduction in our industry, has officially kicked off tonight with the welcome reception. Hundreds of delegates from all around the world flock into the German capital and for the next three days they will be meeting old ...
Still going strong at #ICEF16
The second day of meetings here at the ICEF Berlin Workshop is in full swing!   This morning we have been kept quite busy preparing a feature for you, which you will be able to see and read about later on in the day. We've been bouncing from one stand to the other and from area of the workshop to the next talking to delegates, collecting feedback and catching people's reactions. &n...
Don't just take our word for it - #ICEF16
As the ICEF Berlin workshops is, once again, almost coming to an end, here is some feedback that we collected from some of the delegates throughout the day. Enjoy!     ...
The first day of meetings at #ICEF16 has started
People walking in, greeting each other. Handshakes. Hugs. Kisses....these are all signs that ICEF 2016 has now officially started.   Schools are at their desks, agents are bouncing from one meeting hall to the other, exhibition stands are all set up and receiving the first visitors, and everything is under control and well under way.   In our case, we are stationed at the M...
Interview with Markus Badde, CEO of ICEF
It has been a very eventful day for us here at ICEF Berlin and as the first day of meetings is coming to an end, we are pleased and honoured to have met ICEF's CEO, Markus Badde who has shared some feedback on this year's ICEF Berlin and on what's in the pipeline for ICEF.   Some of the key points highlighted during the interview were that this year's ICEF Berlin has grown by 2% in ed...
Post-Event WEBA China
WEBA China was held in Beijing on the 9th and 10th October 2016 at the Swisshotel. During this event, WEBA welcomed 20 Educators and 65 agents, with a ratio of school to agent being 1:3.   WEBA China is held 4 times a year and it gives educators the opportunity to meet agents from the region of China, as well as Europe and Canada. In fact, WEBA China has welcomed agents from Chin...
Agent quality drives successful ICEF Beijing Workshop
The ICEF Beijing Workshop, held on 12-14 October 2016, welcomed a total of 419 participants from 31 countries around the world. Over the course of the two days, 172 educators and 199 selected agents conducted 3 621 pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings.   Participating agents came from 12 countries across Asia, with China, South Korea and Taiwan being the top three countries. Furthermore,...
IALC and UED run Istanbul Agent Workshop
IALC and Turkish agent association UED ran their first joint language travel workshop in Istanbul on 14 October. The Workshop was followed by the UED Awards evening, at which three IALC members were among the winners and which IALC was proud to sponsor.   Quality meetings   The IALC-UED Workshop took place at the Nippon Hotel. High-quality Turkish agencies had business meet...
WEBA Rome comes to an end
It has been yet another successful workshop where schools, agents and organisations have had the opportunity to meet, speak, discuss, and leave Rome with some good contacts, which will surely turn out to be fruitful ones in the near future.   You can view the WEBA Rome photo album and tag yourselves here .   At the same time, whilst we were in Rome WEBA were hosting another...
Be part of the 2nd World Cup for the int’l student recruitment industry
For the second year in a row the World Cup for the international student recruitment industry will be organised in Berlin, one day after the ICEF Berlin Workshop. This year, this World Cup will be held at the Aspria Berlin Kurfürstendamm Karlsruher Str. 20, 10711 Berlin.   The bus for this event leaves from the InterContinental Hotel at 1100am and the tournament will end at 1700h...
WEBA Rome greets delegates and kicks off with welcome dinner
We're back in the Eternal City for another WEBA Workshop.   Before the official presentations and school - agent meetings tomorrow, the workshop kicked off with a welcome dinner at the Golden Tulip, Isola Sacra, Rome during which workshop attendees had the chance to meet for the first time or catch up after a few months of not seeing each other.   Stay tuned to this space f...
WEBA Rome is in full swing
The first part of the WEBA workshops always consists of the schools' presentations to the agents. After that agents are divided into groups and they visit all the tables of all the schools in order to speak about partnerships.   In the photo you can see the atmosphere during the presentations. These presentations are now over and agents are in the process of visitng tables and having ...
IALC International Workshop 2017 - Registrations are open!
Exhibit, sponsor and advertise at the IALC International Workshop in March 2017 and get your brand in front of people who can add value to your business!   Popular with directors and senior managers, the IALC workshop will be the largest it's ever been. We are expecting approximately 300 participants registered in Boston next year: 130 IALC-accredited schools, 150 study travel agencie...
guard.me International Insurance donates $150,000 to international education at Lambton College
A significant donation was made to Lambton College on behalf of guard.me International Insurance and will increase success initiatives for the College’s international student population.   Earlier this week, the Lambton College Foundation received a donation of $150,000 from  guard.me  International Insurance. The funds will be used to create additional exp...
Patrick Pheasant - New CEO of NEAS
The Board is pleased to announce that Mr Patrick Pheasant has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of NEAS, following an extensive search and selection process.   Previously Director at the University of Sydney Centre for English Teaching, Patrick brings to the role a wealth of international education experience from Higher Education, VET, High School and ELICOS s...
Event Preview - The ICEF Berlin Workshop
It's an annual event in our industry. Any workshop we attend post-summer always concludes with the words "Will I see you in Berlin?" And that can only mean one thing - that if you haven't been to ICEF Berlin, you have to try and be there because it's most certainly one not to miss.   What is ICEF Berlin's forte?   Well speaking from personal experience, as this will be our ...
New Segal International Centre a home away from home for more than 1,100 international Georgian students
Imagine that you’ve just arrived in a new country to attend college. Maybe it’s your first time away from home. Maybe you don’t know the language. Maybe you don’t know anyone. The hardest thing you’ll do now is navigate your way through the complex support system at your school.   That's the biggest worry Georgian College international student Paulo Cardo...
Digital Marketing Strategy
QUESTION: How many entrepreneurs do you know about, who have an organized, automated digital marketing strategy that brings in new prospects every week, at a low cost that gets lower over time? In this article, by JeanPaul Galea from Websuccess we are going to analyse some answers to this question.   MY GUESS : Very few, if any.   There is one thing I know for sure af...
Live feedback from the 5th ELT Malta Conference
In the video clip below you can see the live comments of some of the delegates who are taking part in the 5th ELT Malta Conference.   We 'caught' them as they were walking out of plenaries or workshops or during coffee breaks (so we do apologise for any background noise), however, we wanted to give our readers a real feel of what's currently going on the Mediterranean Conference Centr...
Final Day at the 5th ELT Conference in Malta
As early as 7:30 this morning participants started walking into the La Vallette Hall at the Mediterranean Conference Centre (you can see the view this magnificent building boasts of in the image). The final registrations were completed, and soon it was time for the third plenary of this conference to take place.   Scott Thornbury started off the day and certainly kept everyone interes...
ICEF Celebrates 1,000 ICEF Agent Training Course Graduates
ICEF GmbH has reached an important milestone, graduating 1 000 agents through the ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC). These 1,000 agents represent 103 countries worldwide. The IATC launched six years ago as a means of raising the standard of quality and professionalism of student recruitment agents, and now the graduate base has reached an all-time high.   The 1,000th agent is Abdusala...
The 5th ELT Malta Conference - Learner Engagement in ELT
An eventful start to this conference: 14:10 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, Minister Evarist Bartolo walks in and it is time for the opening ceremony. Daniel Xerri starts by thanking all the people involved in the organisation of this event and then invited the Minister to give the opening speech.   "Unless we respect learners we are not engaging them...We also need ...
Nicola Gray joins the NEAS team!
NEAS is delighted to welcome Nicola Gray to the team as a Quality Assurance Assessor!   Nicola worked as both Academic and Campus Manager for  Ability English 's ELICOS centre and as an AMEP College Manager for  Navitas  in Auburn and Canberra.   Nicola also has experience in the management of offshore university partnerships in South East Asia ...
The Image Conference - Live from Malta
The Image Conference is currently being held in Malta, specifically at the Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC) as an introduction to the 5th ELT Malta Conference 2016. This conference is the only conference in the world which integrates the world of film, images, video and gaming with that of English Language Teaching.   Kieran Donaghy is the founder of The Image Conference and duri...
Why Ski and Network in the Alps?
As most of you now know, Schools & Agents together with fRilingue will be hosting its first industry networking event in Leysin, Switzerland, in the Alps between the 6h and 10th of January 2017. In this article we're going to find out more about this event, about why it is called Ski and Network, and also about why it is not called a workshop or a conference.   This event is aimed...
Language Quality Assurance Agencies Meet in Washington for the Third QALEN Symposium
Representatives from five countries and eight language quality assurance agencies gathered in Washington, DC from September 8-10, 2016 for the Third Annual Symposium of the Quality Assurance in Language Education Network (QALEN).   Founded in 2014, QALEN's objective is to "provide opportunities for participants and members from accrediting and quality assurance bodies in the language ...
The 2016 FEDELE Workshop in Alicante ends...with a bang!
And it's over. We're back home (no delays this time!), unpacked, and back at our desks...although in our heads we might still be having a ball in Alicante! The 2016 FEDELE workshop has come to an end...and as you can see in the short video below, it's come to an end with a bang.   However, the whole evening was so much more than the Micro Mascleta prepared for us by Fernando Batalla f...
Sponsorship deal secures high-quality, low-cost English UK conferences
English UK members can enjoy another year of high-quality professional conferences at the lowest possible cost thanks to a new sponsorship deal with Trinity College London.   This year's programme includes the revival of the Student Experience conference as well as a new series of webinars to help members get specialist training without travelling.   Sarah Cooper, chief exe...
El Huerto del Cura and a fantastic dinner on the 2nd day of FEDELE 2016
The second day of the FEDELE Workshop which is currently being held in Alicante ended with a lovely visit to Europe's largest palm grove in Elche, a town close to Alicante.   During the visit we learned about the history of the garden, what goes into maintaining it and keeping it nice and green and we also managed to get a glimpse of the family of peacocks who have taken up residence ...
Interview with Bob Burger from Malaca Instituto
In this short interview, Bob Burger from Malaca Instituto shares with us his very positive thoughts on this year's FEDELE Workshop in Alicante. Here's what he had to say:     ...
Interview with Ana Cozar from FEDELE
In this interview we have spoken with Ana Cozar, who, together with her dynamic team, was responsible for the organisation of this workshop.   Ana speaks about the success of this year's FEDELE workshop and also gives us some hints about what's going to happen next year....apparently we're in for a surprise and we most certainly look forward to sharing it with you as soon as we find o...
The XVII FEDELE Workshop kicks off with an al fresco welcome reception
After a few travelling bumps and ride in order to reach our destination, we've finally made it! And worth it has that been so far, even after a mere few hours in this city. Alicante is vibrant, it's full of activity, rich in history and has a lot to offer.   "Alicante is not just beautiful weather". These were the words used to describe this year's destination for the 17th FEDELE Work...
First day of meetings at the FEDELE Workshop in full swing
The first morning of meetings at the XVII FEDELE workshop currently being held in Alicante is in full swing.   Education institutions from all over Spain and agents are looking to strengthen partnerships or establish new ones by making the most of the time that is allocated to them. Nevertheless, we all know that these conversations will most certainly go on during this evening's netw...
Photos from the first day of meetings in Alicante
We are pleased to share some photos from yesterday's welcome reception at the Alicante Castle Restaurant as well as today's first day of meetings which are being held at the Melia Hotel in Alicante.   Facebook photo album:  https://www.facebook.com/SchoolsAgents/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154622136365283    Feel free to visit the page, view the album, tag y...
Laughter, determination, minimal sleep and over £15,000 raised for the Eddie Byers Scholarship
The English UK team completed the Three Peaks Challenge under a glorious full moon on the top of Snowdon on Saturday night. Along the way there was laughter, determination, minimal sleep, and over £15,000 raised for the Eddie Byers Scholarship Fund, our motivation for the challenge. Here's their adventure....   "Seventeen members of the extended English UK family took part, with...
English UK staff climb every mountain in style
Seventeen members of the extended English UK family completed the Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday evening, raising over £16,000 in memory of our late chief executive Eddie Byers.   A core group completed Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon between teatime on Friday and bedtime on Saturday, walking 26 miles, with 2,926 metres of climb, and driving around 462 miles, mostly throu...
Innovation and diversity define higher education workshops in Liverpool
ICEF convened two highly successful higher education networking events in Liverpool, UK this month. The ICEF Higher Education Workshop was held on 10–12 September, followed by the ICEF Higher Education Partnership Forum on 13 September. Both events hosted a remarkably diverse group of international educators from all over the world.   The ICEF 2016 Higher Education Workshop pro...
ICEF expands digital services for international educators
ICEF GmbH announced today the launch of ICEF Media, a new division that will offer expanded video and digital marketing services to the international education sector.   Online marketing channels play an increasingly important role in international student recruitment, and video is a major driver of student engagement online.   Video provides a compelling introduction to an...
QALEN Washington 2016 Symposium
QALEN Washington has successfully wrapped up the 2016 Symposium, with key learnings shared amongst attendees around minimum teacher qualifications, effective curriculum writing and a rising issue related to the increasing numbers of "under 18's" as global travelling learners!   This year's Symposium piloted a new element, being the collection of views and information from  GAELA...
StudyWorld Quiz Night
Last night was the final networking event at this year's StudyWorld London 2016 Workshop, during which we were tested on our General , Musical and Cultural Knowledge.   We had to form teams of six people, which makes this a great way to get to know and speak to participants who you might not have had the chance to talk to during the meeting times.   The quiz night consisted...
Final day of meetings at StudyWorld London 2016
Following last night's pub quiz, which was a really fun networking event, we are all "coffeed up" and ready to get going with the final day of meetings here at StudyWorld London.   It's still the beginning of the day, however, educators and agents have already started walking into the meetings halls and setting up for their first appointments. Watch this space to stay updated with the...
Interview with Sarah Cooper, Chief Executive of English UK
We've decided to save the best for last :) In this final interview, live from StudyWorld London 2016 we met Sarah Cooper, English UK's new Chief Executive who reveals some very interesting information about next year's StudyWorld Workshop.     ...
StudyWorld, English UK’s major international trading event, is getting a radical transformation.
From 2017 It will focus solely on promoting UK education, supporting the creation of major international partnerships and contracts alongside more traditional agent/educator meetings, and encouraging the whole sector to work together in new ways. It also moves to the prestigious QEII Conference Centre in central London.   "After so many months of work, we're delighted to finally revea...
It's 830am and StudyWorld 2016 has officially started
First handshakes, first hugs and first meetings of the day. It's just after 830am here at the London Hilton Metropole Hotel and the "workshop" feeling is already strong. Here's a sneak peak of what we're up to here at StudyWorld 2016.   Discussions are already taking place even in the chill out area that has been specifically set up in one of the meeting halls.     &nb...
We are live at StudyWorld London 2016 with VSO
Every child deserves an education. It is a direct route out of poverty. But millions are missing out because of a lack of properly trained teachers, or by being excluded from classrooms simply because of who they are. VSO seeks to develop partnerships to support four key programmes focussing on Inclusive Education, Using Technology, Education Management and Teacher Training.   All Stu...
WEBA launches online newspaper WEBA Today
Over the past days WEBA has launched a brand new online newspaper which will be posting news coming from the worldwide education industry on a daily basis.   This newspaper can be reached on  http://webatoday.com/  and you can subscribe to it for free to follow its posts and updates.   In collaboration with this online paper, Schools & Agents are also glad t...
¡Hasta! luego Alicante!
The FEDELE Annual meeting will be held in Alicante between the 25th and 28th September 2016.   The FEDELE Annual Meeting is a promotional event that aims to encourage the relationships of Spanish language schools federated with agencies and consultants specialised in language travel around the world. Representatives from both of these groups meet during two days of...
English language centre association initiates court action to resolve “unconstitutional rejection of study visas"
EduSA has submitted court papers challenging the South African government and policy makers about their failure to make proper allowance for visas for international students wishing to enter South Africa to study English as a foreign language.   EduSA is the national association of English language schools in South Africa. Its 24 members are English language schools that teach Engli...
Are you ready for StudyWorld London 2016?
London calling! It's that time of the year again. Facebook friends from outside of Europe start checking into their various terminals and making their way to Europe for Conference Season. The beginning of September is always that time of year which takes us to London, and we, will most certainly be there too from the 5th to the 7th of September at the London Hilton Metropole attending StudyWorld L...
Coming up: WEBA Agents Workshop in London
WEBA World will be holding an Agents Workshop in London, at the Thistle London Heathrow Terminal 5 Hotel between the 31st August and 1st September 2016.   WEBA Workshops are smaller than the regular workshops we are used to attending and for this reason they also provide a good opportunity for those schools who might be interested in exploring certain markets in more depth.   ...
Event Preview: ETN Workshop - Lima, Peru
The next ETN Workshop will be held in Lima in Peru, specifically at the Sheraton Hotel between the 15th and 16th September 2016.   Who are ETN?   Inspired by busy educational professionals, ETN Focus Workshops reinvent networking events into exclusive opportunities to selct only the most relevant partners in less explored markets. These workshops take you on a learning expe...
Mark Raven steps down as NEAS Chief Executive Officer
The Board of Directors of NEAS today announced that Mr Mark Raven will step down from his role as Chief Executive Officer of NEAS in late October 2016.   The Board thanked Mr Raven for his significant contribution to NEAS over the past three years. During his time as Chief Executive Officer, Mark was instrumental in the development and successful implementation of a new Qual...
Event Preview - ICEF Latin America Workshop
Marketing season is just round the corner yet again for most of us, and that can only mean that industry conference organisers are busy getting things ready and in order for workshops to resume. One of these workshops is the ICEF Latin America Workshop which is going to be held at the Grand Hyatt São Paulo between the 22nd and 24th September, 2016.   Latin America is an ever-so...
QALEN Washington 2016 - The Agenda
QALEN Washington 2016 is hosted by US based Quality Assurance agency ACCET in early September.   In consultation with collaborating QA agencies and ELT centres from Australia, South Africa, the UK, New Zealand, Canada and Malta, the agenda will discuss global issues associated with (a) Teacher and Academy Manager Qualifications  (b)  Quality Curriculum  (c)  W...
Skiing and Networking Event to kick off 2017
Leave your business clothes at home and join us for a more informal industry event to kick off 2017. The Skiing and Networking Event, which is powered by us at Schools & Agents and our colleagues and friends at fRilingue, will take place amongst the white slopes of the beautiful Swiss between the 6th and 10th of January 2017.   Throughout the year we tend to meet each other from p...
Hispania's newly renovated Reception Area
We are glad to announce that at Hispania, Escuela de Espanol we have done a very beautiful job renovating our reception area...and here it is the result :) Our reception area is now larger and more comfortable, which makes it a perfect place to welcome our studentes. We also have a new waiting room next to the reception desk which is open to everyone. Last summer, due to the growing number...
EdYOUfest - An ELT Ideas Igniter
EdYOUfest is an event that will be organised in Sicily, specifically in Ostello Baia Del Corallo in Palermo between the 26th and 30th of August. This event is intended for teachers from all around the world and it is a workshop with a twist in that the main aim is to get industry professionals to share their ideas of best practices whilst relaxing in the lovely surroundings so that they can Re-tre...
Support for French in Normandy as they drive the Mongol Rally for Heart Children’s Home
The ICEF Education Fund is proud to support long term ICEF clients, French in Normandy (FIN) as they participate in the Mongol Rally to raise funds for Heart Children’s Home in Kenya. Founded and operated by ICEF agent Julia Steiner, the Heart Children’s Home provides food, shelter, medical care, support and education to approximately 24 children in Malindi, Kenya.   Start...
WEBA reaches 2,100 Members on their Portal
WEBA World are pleased to announce that they have now reached the 2,100 members mark on their portal.   All the members are part of the WEBA portal, which can be accessed on webaworkshops.ning.com   The big advantage when joining this portal is to be in contact each other 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, and it works in the same was as facebook/instagram/twitter and all th...
NEAS partners with VOICE in Cambodia
NEAS is proud to announce that we have established a partnership with VOICE, an Australian charity working directly with people in crisis in Cambodia to help them access food, shelter, healthcare, education, safety, and sustainable livelihoods.   In line with NEAS' commitment to providing quality education internationally, NEAS is raising funds for VOICE to enable underprivileged peop...
Making a Difference Beyond Insurance
At guard.me International Insurance, it is believed that international education plays an important role in fostering learning and understanding of different cultures and ideas. That’s why guard.me International Insurance is committed to supporting international education initiatives around the world. As we've seen on many occasions, their mission has always been to act as a resource for the...
English UK staff climb (almost) every mountain to raise money for memorial fund
The English UK team is climbing the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in just 24 hours in memory of late chief executive Eddie Byers. They hope to raise £15,000 for a scholarship fund in Eddie’s name with a sponsored walk of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, travelling between the three peaks by minibus to complete the challenge in time.   "We wanted to r...
Event Preview - StudyWorld London 2016
With only a few short weeks left to StudyWorld London 2016 we thought it would be a great idea to remind you of just how good this event is. StudyWorld London has been a respected agent workshop for all serious study abroad professionals since 1969. It is organised by English UK, the national association of accredited English language centres   StudyWorld London 2016 takes places from...
First ICEF Thailand – Vietnam Agent Roadshow a huge success
The first ever ICEF Thailand – Vietnam Agent Roadshow took place June 14 – 16 in Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. This sold out event saw 266 participants from 15 countries hold 1 800 pre-scheduled meetings in two workshop days.   Overall, participants were extremely happy with the event, giving it a satisfaction rating of 99% (Excellent 63%, Good 36%). Monèle Schrot f...
Support the English Language teaching sector to help build the UK’s post-EU international trade and influence, says English UK
The UK’s English Language teaching sector is a vital part of the country’s post-EU economic and trading strategy - but it urgently needs government support to play its full part, says trade body English UK. ELT brings significant soft power benefits to the UK, as well as contributing £1.2bn to the economy and supporting over 26,000 jobs. All of this will become increasingly impor...
NEAS Quality Principles - Quality Area "F" released for Discussion
Quality Area "F" is a new aspect of NEAS Quality Endorsement.   It is predominantly concerned with the welfare of students aged under 18 years in English language Teaching centres.   NEAS will be presenting Quality Area "F" at a series of workshops in the second half of 2016.  We look forward to seeing you there and in the meantime, check out the new principl...
New format for English UK inward mission pleases agents and educators
English UK’s first inward mission to include agents from all over the world has been such a success that it is likely to be repeated.   12 agents from 11 countries including Iran, Sweden, Spain and South Korea spent a week visiting member centres in central and eastern England and experiencing tourist highlights including the World Heritage site of Ironbridge. Until now inward m...
Industry Consultation – English Proficiency in the Workplace: NEAS
NEAS hosted a consultation forum between a number of Industry Skills Councils, the Department of Industry, traineeship providers, business and employer groups, with the objective of identifying opportunities to better protect the interests of workers with low English proficiency.    NEAS CEO Mark Raven stated " we have thousands of young people coming to Australia to study English...
All you need to know about the WEBA Events
In this interview with Richard Affolter we are going to highlight the main characteristics of the WEBA Events which are held in various different locations around the world throughout the year. We invite you to read through this interview and to get in touch with us should you need to find out about how Schools & Agents members can benefit from a discount when attending these events! &nbs...
Competition for Students in Turkey and New Source of Information
EDUMAG is now providing the possibility for anyone interested in the study abroad industry to source information. Content on this website will be produced through crowdsourcing, whereby anyone involved in this sector, including students, school representatives and organisations, can send in their share of experiences through articles, pictures, diaries, and so on.   The website itself...
IALC Study Travel Research Report 2016
Surprisingly little research exists into trends in demand for foreign language learning at home or abroad. IALC is delighted to have commissioned StudentMarketing to redress the balance with this detailed report, comprising primary and secondary research and providing a comprehensive analysis of the global language travel market as it pertains to learning different languages.   Valuab...
guard.me joins CAMH in one brave night for mental health
Last month, guard.me joined thousands of Canadians across the country who stayed up all night to defeat mental illness. The annual CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health asks Canadians to give up one night to inspire hope for the 1 in 5 people who will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.   "In my professional life I see so many students going through the struggle of coping ...
IHWO and Trinity College London sign relationship agreement
Trinity College London and International House World Organisation (IHWO) will be working closely together to enable more of IHWO’s high quality schools to become Trinity exam centres.   Examinations have a key role to play in language learning and this will ensure IH students have access to a variety of excellent exam options. Trinity's range of exams including English language,...
Book launch – The Trends Impacting International Education are just Beyond the Horizon!
ICEF and Barton Carlyle launch their new joint publication Beyond the Horizon at this year’s NAFSA annual conference.   The next decade will see further dramatic shifts in the balance of economic and political power, and these will greatly influence the shape of international education. Beyond the Horizon helps educators consider the trends that will significantly impact our i...
Statement of the Board of Directors - The 2016 U.S. Elections
On May 30, 2016, the NAFSA Board of Directors unanimously approved the following statement on the 2016 U.S. Elections: We, the Board of Directors of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, urge the next President and the next Congress to embrace policies that create a more welcoming and globally engaged United States. We urge our nation’s leaders to advance study abroad and internatio...
Event Preview: WEBA Africa 2016
WEBA World are please to inform you about the next Agents Workshops held in Africa - Nigeria and Ghana from the 22nd August until the 26th August 2016.   The event will consist of 2 Agents Workshops: - Lagos, Nigeria at the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel on the 23rd August, and - Accra, Ghana at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City on the 25th August.    In these 2 ...
Growth and innovation; the themes at ICEF Toronto
This year the Canada-based ICEF North America Workshop took place in Toronto. Held May 12 - 14, the overall number of participants increased an impressive 12%, making the 2016 Canada workshop the largest to date.   A total of 745 participants took part in the workshop, including 353 North American educators from 235 institutions, 84 exhibitors from 43 organisations, 345 international ...
What a potential BREXIT may signify for Business in Britain
In another recent YouGov survey, where 618 Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) decision makers were interviewed , 64% of the respondents answered that they saw Europe as the most profitable potential partner with 31% also saying that the EU offers ‘a lot’ of trade opportunity.   Deputy Dean for Research and Enterprise at Anglia Ruskin University, Professor Simon Down, state...
MEI Central European Roadshow 2016 - Major Central European trade mission to bring English language students to Ireland
A four country Central European trade mission to bring English language students to Ireland concluded this week in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Marketing English in Ireland (MEI) the association that represents 60 regulated language schools and colleges nationwide embarked upon the Central European trade mission, with events in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.   Acc...
Promoting UK ELT and building business relations with language tour operators from all over Latin America
Latin America accounts for 11% of UK ELT student weeks, and each year English UK organises an overseas business to business fair in this region. For 40% of the agents attending, this year's workshop was their first experience of an English UK event, so strong focus was placed on showcasing the diversity of the UK as a great study travel destination.   Latin America is an important sen...
English UK appoints first Chief Executive from within ELT sector
A former Chair of English UK has been appointed its new Chief Executive. Sarah Cooper is the association’s first Chief Executive to have extensive experience in the ELT sector: she is currently Dean of Management & Professional Studies, International English at South Thames College in London.   She said: "This industry is very important to me, and I'm delighted to have been ...
Paris SG Academy partners with ACCORD ISS
ACCORD ISS is proud to announce its collaboration with the famous Paris Saint-Germain Academy and will run from this summer a “Paris Saint-Germain Academy England” in all its summer schools.   ACCORD ISS international students will be able to join the Paris Saint-Germain Academy England in all ACCORD ISS summer language schools, which will help develop their soccer skills ...
#NEAS16 Comes to an End
2 days have flown by here in Sydney, and all the delegates who attended the NEAS Management Conference are now walking away with a lot more knowledge about the industry both in Australia and offshore.   Schools & Agents would like to firstly thank all the NEAS team for putting up this great conference, for being so well-organised and also for giving us the opportunity to give a pr...
Challenges in International Education - Peak Panel Discussion at NEAS 2016 Management Conference
The panel participating in this discussion includes Phil Honeywood, Chief Executive Officer, IEAA, Rod Camm, Chief Executive Officer of ACPET and Brett Blacker, Chief Executive Officer of English Australia. This discussion is being facilitated by Mark Raven, Chief Executive Officer of NEAS.   ACPET, IEAA and English Australia are industry associations which support the needs of studen...
#NEAS16 Kicks Off with Welcome Reception
The 2016 NEAS Management Conference, which is currently being held in Sydney, Australia actually started off this evening with a lovely welcome reception at the Gallon Bar.   It was a lovely opportunity for the Board Members, the Advisory Council, NEAS Members of Staff, Sponsors and the International Speakers who will be presenting at the conference to mix and mingle in a lovely and r...
IALC finalises 2017 workshop date and chooses destination for 2018
The 2017 IALC Workshop will take place from 23-26 March in Boston, USA, while the 2018 IALC Workshop will be held in Bologna, Italy - date to be decided!   Host school for  #IALC2017 is the English Language Center (ELC), one of IALC's longest standing members. ELC, run by mother and son Ellyn and Alex Levine, has three centres in three great locations: Boston, Los Angeles an...
FELTOM Calls for VAT Exemptions to Make Malta Even More Competitive in ELT Market
“The English Language Teaching (ELT) sector is confirming the important input it is giving to the tourism industry and is showing that Malta has what it takes to compete. However, when it comes to competing with other major ELT players, we are always starting from a disadvantaged point. More favourable VAT exemptions as exist in other destinations on tuition and services as well as simplifie...
NEAS' 2016 Conference Handbook Launched!
With the NEAS Conference to be held on the 12th and 13th of May, NEAS is able to share a copy of the Conference Handbook with conference goers and the wishful!   We are happy to say that this year's dinner and event is almost a sell-out!   We do have a few tickets left for dinner and presentations so why not  jump online  and check out your options.   ...
Agent growth and quality ensure ANZA 2016 is a success
Melbourne was the host city for the 2016 ANZA Workshop. In total, 75 education institutions from Australia and New Zealand, 12 work and travel organisations, 92 service providers and 170 ICEF-screened agents from 43 countries, gathered for three days of seminars, networking, focused business opportunities, and fun.   Overall the event grew 6% with the biggest increases seen in the num...
English UK Board welcomes EU survey findings
English UK’s Board is delighted with the result of a member survey on the referendum, which confirmed that over 75 per cent believe remaining in the EU is best for business.   "This is great news," said Steve Phillips, Chair of the Board. "We've been hearing from our partners and colleagues in Europe as the Referendum debate has continued, asking what the English UK position is ...
Julian Wilson, Director of ICTE- UQ, joins NEAS Advisory Council
NEAS is delighted to welcome Julian Wilson to the NEAS Advisory Council.   Julian Wilson, is the Director at  The University of Queensland's Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education  with over 20 years of experience including the establishment of schools and colleges in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Australia.     Ju...
Meet ColiosLoygorri!
We are pleased to introduce to you a new company in our industry - ColiosLoygorri. In this interview with Jay Colios-Terry we are going to find out more about what this fresh organisation has to offer.   Where did the idea for COLIOS LOYGORRI come from and what does the name stand for?   I (Jay) previously worked for an events company and a marketing company both focussed o...
English UK survey: majority of respondees believe Brexit could damage their business
A majority of English UK members responding to a survey on the possible impact of leaving the EU fear it would have a negative impact on their businesses.   Around three-quarters thought it would be "highly negative" or "negative", whilst just over six per cent though it would have a "positive" or "highly positive' effect on business. The remaining 16 per cent thought the effect would...
New report compares current and future demand for nine foreign languages
A new report from the International Association of Language Centres (IALC) compares the current and future demand for nine foreign languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.   " Trends in the Demand for Foreign Languages " also unveils the reasons for studying languages other than English and how foreign languages rank in their i...
Coming up - the MEI European Roadshow
MEI's next event is a European road show, during which they will be visiting and holding workshops in Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava and Budapest.   The dates/times and venues are: Monday 25th April: 8:30am-14:00 in the Intercontinental Hotel, Warsaw. Tuesday 26 th April: 8:30am-14:00 in the Radisson Blu Alcron, Prague Thursday 28 th April: 8:30am-14:00 in the Grand Hotel Riv...
General Knowledge and heaps of fun at the FELTOM Quiz Night
Last night, Feltom organised a quiz night for representatives of its member schools and other industry players. This was held at Gululu, a restaurant which is well-known in Malta for its traditional Maltese food.   We certainly enjoyed ourselves with industry friends in a lovely atmosphere throught this evening, but the best part of the evening was, without a doubt, the friendly compe...
300th Canada Course Graduate
Last week, ICEF celebrated its 300th Canada Course Graduate (CCG).   Fidel Benjamín Castro, from You Can Learn Global Education in Mexico, passed the Canada Course for Education Agents (CCEA) exam. As the 300th CCG, he joins a prestigious list of Canada specialised agents spanning 52 countries around the world.   You Can Learn Global places students into a number of ...
Memories of IALC 2016 Leeds and York
Now that IALC 2016 is practically over and most of us have made it back home to our offices and daily schedules, we would like to take a minute of your time to remind you of the lovely time we all had in Leeds and York during last weekend's workshop.   Feel free to check out our photos here , and whilst you're at it you can also tag yourselves and your friends. We'd love to get conn...
#IALC2016 comes to an end with a bang!
The IALC 2016 Workshop in Leeds and York has come to an end, and what a fantastic event this has been.   Most of the delegates have either moved on to take part in the fam trips or have started to make their way back home like us.   So as the curtain comes down on this year's IALC workshop, we would like to share with you a short video clip from the final night in Leeds whe...
It's Day 2 of meetings at #IALC2016
A good night's rest, and we're back at the Royal Armouries for the second and final day of meetings at the IALC 2016 Workshop in Leeds and York.   Speaking of York, before describing the current atmosphere, I must stop for a moment to thank Melton College York for the lovely event that they organised for the delegates last night. Not only is their school incredibly beautiful, but we a...
Interview with Jan Capper - Executive Director of IALC
It's almost the end of the second and final day of meeting at the IALC 2016 Workshop in Leeds and York, but we could certainly not conclude this series of live posts without a message from IALC's Executive Director, Jan Capper.     ...
#IALC2016 Day 2
The second day at the IALC Workshop 2016 in Leeds is now in full swing. Schools, agents and exhibitors have all found their places and have started their meetings.   Here's a small taste of what it looks like here at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, UK. Stay tuned to our social media for constant live updates of what is going on.   ...
IALC and StudyPortals on a mission to boost language schools
The International Association of Language Centres and StudyPortals have formed an alliance to help language schools reach more students and ease the process of searching for a language learning centre for learners. All IALC members can activate a 3 month premium listing free of charge on LanguageLearningPortal.com.   The partnership announced at the IALC 2016 Workshop seeks to increas...
#IALC2016 starts here
It has, so far, been a very eventful afternoon in Leeds as the IALC 2016 workshop kicks off with an interesting choice of seminars for delegates to attend.   We've been to two excellent seminars. The first one was entitled "Digital Marketing: when schools and agents join forces" and it was given by Richard Bradford from Disquiet Dog.   Following a really cool ending to this...
Brilliant Welcome Party by CES Leeds at #IALC2016
The first evening at the IALC Leeds Workshop ended with a bank at the Victoria Quarters, an amazing shopping centre in the heart of this beautiful city.   The video clip attached is just a small fraction of the great atmosphere created by the band and the crowd. We hope that you enjoy it as much as we did!!   We'll be back with more updates and feeds tomorrow. Until then......
IHWO announces three new affiliate schools
International House World Organisation is delighted to announce that 3 new schools have affiliated to the IH network since the beginning of 2016. We would like to welcome IH Amman, IH Freiburg - Sprachschule zum Ehrstein and IH Koln-Insula to the network. These new members bring the global presence of International House to 160 schools in 52 countries.   International House Amman is ...
Photos from the WEBA Malta Workshop
Here are some photos that we took at the WEBA Malta Workshop that took place in March.   During this workshop, the schools and organisations who were present had the opportunity to deliver a presentation to all the agents who were present. After that, agents visited the schools' individual tables and they got to spend some time with them talking about the different products they offer...
Event Preview - The NEAS 2016 Management Conference
The NEAS 2016 Conference draws nigh so make sure you save the 12 and 13 May to experience plenty of "Out of the Box" thinking from some of the ELT industry's most influential thinkers.   This year we are also excited to share that QALEN representatives will be speaking for the first time at our conference, and are willing to share what's happening in their part of the world....
Focus on emerging student markets at ICEF Moscow
Despite the challenges facing the Russian market, the ICEF Moscow Workshop presented educators, service providers and agents with focused business opportunities and crucial market intelligence. In 2016, 131 educators and 10 exhibitors from 17 countries, and 184 student recruitment agents from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Azerbaijan, and the Kyrgyz Republic gathered in Moscow f...
"NEAS Benchmark" to launch at this year's NEAS Conference
Since commencing NEAS' unique stakeholder-driven feedback model Quality Assurance process, over 190 English language teaching centres throughout Australia and South-east Asia have achieved Quality Endorsement.   In that time, NEAS has collected information from over 17,000 survey respondants and focus group participants  with 1.7 million individual variables a...
IALC Heads North for Meetings, Debates and Networking this April
The global network of accredited independent language schools, International Association of Language Centres (IALC), will hold its 2016 IALC Workshop in Leeds and York, UK this April 7-10.   The IALC Workshop is an annual meeting point for IALC-accredited educators and study abroad agencies. The event brings together 130+ delegates from schools in 20+ countries, 140+ student recruitme...
Top-ranked and quality-focused communication and language education Verbalists YouTube Channel exceeds 1 million video views
Few education YouTube channels can claim the level of devotion earned by the Verbalists Communication & Language Network, home to language and sports education as well as study travel; with more than 700 subscribers and 1 million video views, the Verbalists YouTube channel is easily among the most popular for language travel in Europe.   On the occasion of reaching this impressive...
Managing change, stress, staff and yourself at the English UK Management Conference 2016
"Change is a weird thing," best-selling author and business guru Geoff Burch told the English UK Management Conference in Cardiff, "but it is part of a manager's job – to move people who don't want to move, whether you are shaping staff attitudes or chasing reports."   But you must "encourage your staff to grow the change themselves," Geoff continued, "because a change inflicted...
Growth and 100% satisfaction at the third ICEF Mexico – Colombia Roadshow
The 2016 ICEF Mexico – Colombia Agent Roadshow was once again a success with 74 educators and 8 service providers from 15 countries travelling to Mexico City and Bogotá. Driven by a strong increase in the number of agents at each venue (Mexico +21%, Colombia +17%) participants enjoyed the chance to establish relationships in both these important Latin American markets.   ...
Ice-breakers, meetings, dancing and discussions; promoting UK ELT and building business relations in Europe
Warsaw was the host destination for this year's Central, Eastern and Southeast European English language teaching (ELT) B2B workshop, our English UK Fair which brings UK language teaching member centres together with education travel operators, education councilors and agents from across this region.   The agents present had unique access to a variety of English UK members, ranging fr...
Continued growth reflects opportunities in Japan and Korea
For the fourth consecutive year the ICEF Japan - Korea Agent Roadshow sold out, reinforcing the region as an important market for international student recruitment.   Held in Tokyo, Japan on February 23 and in Seoul, Korea on February 25, the roadshow hosted 253 participants, including 87 Japanese and 81 Korean agents. Overall the event grew by 2%, driven again by a healthy increase i...
Looking back at the 2016 FELTOM Workshop in Malta
As the FELTOM workshop is now over, we would like to take this opportunity to share this photo album with you. Feel free to tag and share these photos....but above all, we hope you'll enjoy looking at them as much as we enjoyed taking them. Until next year FELTOM! Thank you for yet another great event! :) https://www.facebook.com/SchoolsAgents/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums ...
The 2016 FELTOM Workshop comes to an end
After four days of networking, meetings, tours and, why not, some fun too, the 2016 FELTOM Workshop has just come to an end. In fact, a closing reception was held last night at the Radisson Golden Sands Hotel and Spa, in Golden Bay Malta.   Throughout this past week, the agents who visited Malta and who came from a vast selection of countries including Italy, Hungary, South Korea, Tur...
Interview with Genevieve Abela, CEO of FELTOM
Here's some feedback from Genevieve Abela, CEO of FELTOM, with regards to the workshop which was being held in Malta during the last two days.   After the morning meetings, Agents had the opportunity to visit schools around the island. The event will be coming to an end this evening with a reception for all the representatives.    ...
First Day at the 2016 FELTOM Workshop in Malta
Following yesterday's lovely opening reception at the National Aquarium, it was a bright and early start for us in Malta this morning. Despite the slight drizzle we still made it in time for the first day of meetings at the 2016 FELTOM Workshop.   The first day is practically over and agents have now gone off to visit the various schools that are taking part in this event.   ...
NEAS Advisory Council welcomes Russell Welch
The NEAS Advisory Council is pleased to announce that Russell Welch, Director of John Paul International College (QLD), has accepted an invitation to sit as a NEAS Advisory Councillor.   Russell Welch oversees a college that operates across the schools, VET pathways and ELICOS sectors.  As Foundation Director, Russell was responsible for the college's development and significant ...
What an "Amazon" IH Roadshow!
International House World Organisation have just completed an intrepid roadshow across the vast continent of South America. Visiting the most wonderful cities and meeting great quality agents and friends with a group of International House schools from all over the world.   Patricia Mullen, IH Newcastle and member of the Study Abroad committee mentions "The event began in the beautifu...
Event Preview - WEBA Agents Workshop, Malta
Another event which will be held in Malta this March is the WEBA Agents Workshop. This is the first time that WEBA are hosting an event in Malta.   The Agents Workshop will be a 2 day event between the 15th and 16th March. During these two days, schools will have the opportunity to meet the majority, if not all the agents. This enables everyone  to discuss, not only business prop...
WEBA Rome Photo Album
We are pleased to share our photos and memories from the WEBA Workshop in Rome that took place a few weeks ago, specifically at the beginning of February.   The album can be viewed on our Facebook page here . Feel free to go through the photos and tag yourselves or each other. We've already tagged ourselves!  :) Also, once you're on our page, we woud appreciate a 'Like' too. ...
Verbalists goes UK
Last week, PRODIREKT and Verbalists representatives enjoyed the privilege of being one of the select few companies to be invited to an exclusive Manchester City Football Language School VIP event, organised by Experience English. Whilst in the area, the team also visited other partner schools, making this 10-day visit a real island adventure. In this account we shall be reading about this trip of ...
Event Preview - The 2016 FELTOM ELT Malta Workshop
The FELTOM ELT Malta Workshop held between the 7th and 11th March is all about connecting with schools, educators, industry service providers and agents whilst discovering the ultimate ELT destination.   Acclaimed by students for the full immersion learning experience and continuously setting industry standards, Malta is truly the most happening ELT destination. A Medit...
Six New Centres join IALC ahead of UK Workshop
Six language schools joined the International Association of Language Centres in February. Agents can meet them at the association’s 2016 AGM/Workshop in Leeds & York from 7-10 April.   They are: Inforum Education Australia in Gold Coast BELS in Gozo BELS in St Paul's Bay, Malta Easy School of Languages in Valletta, Malta Ifalpes in Annecy, France Collegium...
NEAS Pioneers Virtual
Australia is a big and expensive place in which to travel around! NEAS shares the challenge of balancing the cost of Quality Assurance with our Quality Assured ELT centres.   A solution to this challenge was recently pioneered in partnership with Inforum Australia. Inforum moved to fabulous new premises only a short time after having undertaken a full NEAS Quality Assurance site ...
2016 Annual AMEP National Working Group
The 2016 Annual AMEP National Working Group workshop is being held in Sydney on 16 – 18 February 2016. The workshop is attended by representatives from AMEP providers across Australia to participate in professional development, assessment validation and networking activities.   This year's workshop will focus on comparing validation approaches within the context of the 2015...
Malta Increasingly Recognized For More Intensive, Specialized English Language Courses
“2015 was another intensive year for FELTOM during which we had ample opportunity to assert our organisation’s three main roles namely upholding a strong and reliable accreditation policy, lobbying for a stronger industry and marketing our services abroad. FELTOM’s efforts are bearing fruit. In fact, in 2015, our member schools seem to have registered more growth through longer s...
The ICEF Dubai Workshop and ICEF Turkey Agent Focus
This year the ICEF Dubai Workshop preceded the inaugural ICEF Turkey Agent Focus. The Turkey Agent Focus was launched after a number of years of strong growth, and the rapid increase in the number of Turkish agents at ICEF Dubai. By separating these markets, ICEF was able to refocus the Dubai Workshop towards the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, whilst also addressing the depth of the Turkish s...
Interview with Richard Affolter from WEBA - live from Rome
Here you can watch a short interview that we held with Richard Affolter from WEBA during WEBA Rome that came to an end yesterday evening.   We will shortly also be posting an album with all the photos from the workshop, as well as some other pictures that show a little bit of our mini adventure with some lovely people around Rome....so stay tuned!   ...
First Day at the WEBA Workshop in Rome
We have only been at the Citta Eterna for a mere few hours, and in this short time we have arrived at our hotel, presented Schools & Agents (the company) to the delegates at the workshop and after that we had a lovely Italian dinner where we continued with the networking.   It is now time to rest a bit and recharge our batteries for tomorow's long day of intense school presentatio...
ELT students a highlight of the English UK Marketing Conference
Out of all the interesting sessions at the English UK Marketing Conference, the most popular with delegates was a session where current ELT students talked about their experiences in the UK.     Each table at the conference venue had two students from different countries, who answered questions about why they chose the UK, what they thought of their accommodation and teachin...
Mental Wellness Support for International Students
Travelling to another country can be a wonderful and exciting life experience. But it can also be difficult for students who have left home for the very first time. Many international students experience a wide range of issues, including anxiety, stress, loneliness, culture shock, substance abuse and relationship conflicts.   That's why guard.me works closely with institutions to prov...
International House Young Learners’ Conference 2016
International House World Organisation organises a conference for the Young Learner specialists across the IH network each year, and we are pleased to announce that the 2016 YL Conference will be held in Malta on Friday 4th & Saturday 5th of March. The conference takes place in a different location each year and brings together YL coordinators and teachers from around Europe. With decades...
Patrick Pheasant accepts invitation to act as NEAS Advisory Council Convenor
The Directors of NEAS are pleased to advise the membership, that Patrick Pheasant, Director at the University of Sydney Centre for English Teaching has accepted an invitation from the NEAS Board, to act as the NEAS Advisory Council Convenor. In accepting the invitation Patrick stated that: "I am excited to continue to be of service to the NEAS Advisory Council, Board and NEAS members. In the ...
FELTOM Presents Annual Recognition Award To Minister for Education and Employment
“2015 did not come without its fair share of challenges such as the not so straightforward and sometimes very demanding procedures to help visiting foreign students obtain their necessary visas and temporary residence permits. But facing these challenges helped assert FELTOM as a valid lobby group whose interest is solely that of seeing the ELT industry grow by providing quality services, an...
EU-exit for SME Decision Makers
What impact would a possible UK exit from the European Union have on small to medium sized businesses in England? A YouGov survey of 683 SME decision makers has been held to find their opinion on the matter. The answers to each of the questions were based on industry, age, annual turnover, location and the respondents’ political leaning. Politics It is interesting to note that 65% of...
Christine Bundesen AM appointed as Non-member Director to the NEAS Board
The Directors of NEAS are pleased to advise the membership that Christine Bundesen AM (BA UQueensland, MA UManitoba, MACE, MAICD) has been appointed as a Non-member Director of the NEAS Board. In accepting the invitation Ms Bundesen stated: "I am very pleased to accept the role of Director on the NEAS Board and to being able to contribute to the mission and strategic directions of NEAS in Qua...
International House Roadshow in Colombia and Brazil - February 2016
The next International House World Organisation roadshow will take place in February across several locations in Colombia and Brazil. Representatives from 18 IH study abroad schools will visit MedellÍn then Bogotá on the 17th and 19th of February, followed by São Paulo (22nd February), Porto Alegre (24th February) and Belo Horizonte (26th February). International House ro...
1st Conference of Spanish as a Foreign Language in the Magreb (CELEM)
The 1st Conference of Spanish as a Foreign Language in the Magreb (CELEM) was held on the 11th and 12th of December at the Instituto Cervantes in Rabat. Various Spanish and Moroccan organisations took part with the aim of learning about and developing strategies for promoting Spanish in the area. The Directors and Heads of Study of all the Institutos Cervantes in the region came to the confer...
IH Academic Managers and Trainers Conference 2016
Each year International House World Organisation organises a conference for academic managers around the network. Up until 2015 this has been known as the IH DOS (Director of Studies) Conference. This year the focus of the event was broadened to also include IH teacher trainers and was thus re-named the International House AMT (Academic Managers and Trainers) Conference. It took place in Greenwich...
English UK appoints interim Chief Executive
English UK has appointed a senior industry figure as interim Chief Executive until a permanent replacement is found for Eddie Byers, who died in November. Richard Day is owner of English in Chester and has been an active board member of English UK and predecessor organisation Arels for around 30 years.  He takes up his post immediately, and has already had discussions with senior staff.'...
Added Value for our Premium Members
You’ve asked, we’ve listened! Over the past months several schools have been asking us whether it would be possible for us to send them a list of all our agents and we have, in fact, prepared just that. From now onwards, all our Premium, up-to-date schools are encouraged to get in touch with us via email on bernice@schoolsandagents.com or lynne@schoolsandagents.com , or via Sk...
Making the teaching of Business English professional
The demand for Business English courses is always on the increase, hence so are Business English teachers. The question is, ‘Where does one find qualified Business English teachers?’ Even more so, ‘What is a qualified Business English teacher?’ And if one wants to become a qualified Business English teacher which ELT bodies does he or she have to contact?Such questions have been quite common recen...
From Business to Samba - this is ICEF Latin America!
A feast of colours and music welcomed all those who participated in this year’s ICEF Latin America Workshop which was held in Rio de Janeiro. This proved to be the perfect combination of work and relaxation and this is exactly what ICEF is all about nowadays…no wonder it’s becoming ever so popular!Rio de Janeiro provided the stunning location for the third ICEF Latin America Workshop. The first ti...
FELTOM hosts the largest local international ELT workshop
Representatives from countries around the globe convened in Malta this week for the annual FELTOM (Federation of English Language Teaching Organisation Malta) ELT workshop which this year featured the largest local gathering ever of international agents.   During the week-long event the delegates had the opportunity of meeting up with representatives of local ELT schools and other stake...
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