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Contents - November 2015


Special Report
10th StudyTravel Star Awards

With eight first-time winners and three more stars joining the Super Star Hall of Fame, the 10th StudyTravel Star Awards was a night to remember. Relive it once more by flicking through our wonderful pictorial summary!


Agency Survey
Japan
optimistic
Business is mainly good for Japanese agencies, but with a weaker yen battling the strong pound, destination choices are changing, as Georgina Deacon finds out.


Secondary Focus
New facilities in UK Schools
Independent schools in the UK are revamping their facilities in order to attract fresh waves of prospective students from across the globe. Eleanor Healy speaks to some schools that have gone down this route.

Secondary Focus
Irish high schools
International students and parents are increasingly warming to secondary education in Ireland, which offers a cost-effective and authentic Western schooling option. Eleanor Healy discovers more.


Industry Faces
Markus Badde
After growing up in study travel, Markus Badde, CEO of ICEF, took a break to work in IT. The lure of the industry brought him back, however, where he has been at the helm of ICEF for over 10 years.


Destination
Tempting Turkey
Turkey is winning acclaim as a go-to destination for study, travel and cultural insight. Nicola Hancox explores the land where east meets west.


City Focus
Eu amo São Paulo

Bustling and vibrant, the city of São Paulo is not only South America’s business centre, but is home to some of the best cuisine, nightlife and museums on the continent. Eleanor Healy sambas into the hottest melting pot in Brazil.


Market Analysis
New Zealand picks up

After a few years of decline, language schools in New Zealand witnessed business picking up in 2014, with initial results for 2015 also looking promising. Bethan Norris finds out more.


Spotlight
Spanish in Andalusia

Spain’s distinctive Andalusian culture has influenced the activity and course offerings at Spanish language schools in the region, as Nicola Hancox discovers.


Spotlight
Activities in South Africa

With stunning scenery, an electric culture and a competitive cost of living, it is no wonder South Africa’s language plus activities programmes are a draw for students. Eleanor Healy discovers more.


Direction
Accommodating
change
An essential component of the study travel industry, the student accommodation sector is developing to meet growing demand, shifting trends and to overcome challenges, as Matthew Knott discovers. .

Tertiary Focus
US pathway programmes

Demand for pathway programmes in the USA is on the increase as students seek the most efficient route to their long-term education goals. Bethan Norris talks to providers in this sector about the latest trends.


News

Felca and Gaela focus on global trends   
Felca unveils new board and President 
LILA* London school closes  
New pathway agreements announced for CEG and Study Group   
Chinese agents unperturbed by downturn
Visa regulations damaging South African business but hopes of reform 


News Round Up

JAOS taps into growing high school overseas trend  
New platform to connect schools and agents
EAQA begins search for Executive Director
Quality English partners with agency associations
Fedele partners with university programme  
Bell celebrates 60 years with new student-led portfolio   
Denmark aims to attract more international students   
British Columbia releases K-12 homestay guidelines   
New Zealand launches recommended agency review
 
 


Inside The Industry

On the move
Q&A Educator association: Caps-i
Industry issues- agents speak out
Q&A Agency Association: ANEX
Agency of the month: StudyCelta

Course Guide
Activities in Ireland

Grapevine


Opinion

Celebration of professionalism




by Nicola Hancox,
Editor

The November issue is a real celebration of professionalism in international education. Our centre pages are entirely dedicated to the 2015 StudyTravel Star Awards held in London, UK this September. As our 10th awards season it was one of the most thrilling yet, with eight companies winning their very first award in their respective categories.

These awards have always sought to acknowledge the strong bonds that exist between agents and educators, and the experience – from voting right through to winners being revealed – is a hugely positive one and helps reaffirm this industry’s commitment to making a difference in the world. Turn to page 34 for a full rundown of winners, nominees and to see our growing collection of ST Super Stars who, setting the bar high, have each won their respective awards category a total of five times. As the cover title of this issue suggests, we hope you each continue to ‘shoot for the stars’!

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the UK is another prestigious accolade which aims to recognise businesses and organisations who excel at international trade, innovation or sustainable development. One of the recipients of this year’s award (in the international trade category) was St Giles International, which, celebrating 60 years of operation, was recognised for substantial growth in overseas earnings and in commercial success through outstanding continuous achievement over a six-year period. See Grapevine for pictures of St Giles Managing Director Mark Lindsay receiving the award at a special ceremony. Incidentally, another UK-owned provider was recognised last year, highlighting the huge contribution this industry makes not just to a nation’s economy but to the global economy at large.

We have an extended Industry Faces interview this issue, tracking the life and times of ICEF CEO Markus Badde (page 18). His back story is a compelling one with language education and travel very much a part of his DNA. Despite a 10-year break from the industry in the 1990s, he returned to take over the reins of ICEF highlighting the enduring appeal of the study travel industry. He touches on the many changes that have played out during his time at the helm of ICEF and, just as the organisation prepares to celebrate its 20th year, he predicts even greater developments are afoot, with the commonality of study abroad continuing to spread and agent professionalism continuing to grow.

In the wake of September’s busy conference/fam trip season, there is also an extended Grapevine section this month (page 66). Enjoy! nicolahancox@studytravel.network



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