Spotting the latest trends
Reviews and forecasts at English UK AGM
GSM London opens English school
Alphe Taiwan set for 2014
Declines but positive signs for Australia in 2012
Regulation for Nova Scotiaxs language schools
Niagara College unveils new International Centre
ISIS acquires UIC
News Round Up
Student satisfaction edges up in Australia
New school opens in Brooklyn
Study Group launches ISC in the Netherlands
Griffith College expands campuses
Portuguese homestay school opens in Rio
UK’s FE colleges suffer from visa rules
Overseas students up in UK boarding sector
News in brief
Inside The Industry
On the move
Q&A Educator association: English USA
Industry issues- agents speak out
Q&A Advisor Association: Belta
Agency of the month
Pearson PTE Academic courses worldwide
A relative newcomer on the English language testing scene, the Pearson PTE Academic exam was created in response to demand to provide an exam to specifically test the language skills of students entering an English-speaking academic setting, namely at university level. The number of preparation courses worldwide has grown since the inception of the exam, and is set to rise further.
Spotting the latest trends
by Bethan Norris, Senior Editor
Welcome to the July issue of Study Travel Magazine! There should be lots to interest readers in this month’s issue, not least our Special Report on Asian language and education providers that reveals burgeoning bookings, fueled by business and cultural interest, for Asian language and education qualifications. While those wanting to do business with Asian countries have enroled on language courses within the continent for a while now, schools and other education providers report on the development of more short-term holiday style courses. One leading language school chain explained their decision to set up a branch in China due to a fear of missing the boat. Their decision to offer both English and Chinese language programmes shows that there is clearly demand for both languages in this region. This clearly points to a feeling that Asia will become a very significant destination for study travellers in the next few years and we should all watch out for further growth. It is timely therefore that the Alphe conference team have announced a new destination for next year Taiwan which will take place in February 2014 after the Bangkok workshop. Well done to all of those who took part in our Twitter competition to guess the destination and win a free table at the conference!
This issue is also jam packed with statistics regarding business conditions for 2012 as both English UK and English Australia released the results of their annual member surveys in recent weeks. Both Australia and the UK posted declines in business for 2012, revealing the difficult conditions that language schools are having to deal with globally. However it was not all bad news for Australia as government statistics show that student visa holder numbers increased for six months in a row between September and March, creating hope of improvement for the figures in 2013.
A number of key policy changes in Australia may have helped improve the fortunes of language schools and education providers within Australia in recent months but there is also evidence that individual marketing efforts combined with a willingness to diversify course material is also helping to improve things there. Read our Market Analysis on Australia in this issue to find out more.
Increased marketing activities has also helped providers in the USA recently and current statistics show that HE student numbers in the USA were up by the biggest percentage in three years in the 2011/2012 academic year. Providers report that by specialising in different subject areas attractive to international students they can carve a niche for themselves overseas. Long may this creativity continue!
In the May issue of Study Travel Magazine we wrongly stated that INTO University Partnerships had partnerships with universities in Canada in our Special Report feature on academic preparation. In fact, INTO is currently exploring partnership options with Canadian universities but have none in place at the present time. We apologise for any confusion caused.