Celebration of professionalism
by Nicola Hancox,
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! email@example.com