Preparing for change
Malta records strong growth
London Met able to enrol overseas students
UED unveils Turkish student trends at Alphe Istanbul
Mandarin House opens new Shanghai school
Study Group partners with Strathclyde Uni
Fedele reports 2012 growth
International conferences achieve record numbers
News Round Up
ATC International takes over UK junior centres
New EU student visa plans outlined
inlingua Manchester expands football pathways
Genki to open Japanese school in Tokyo
New French programme launched in Ontario
News in brief
Inside The Industry
On the move
Q&A Educator association: Feltom
Industry issues- agents speak out
Q&A Advisor Association: Ialca
Agency of the month
Cambridge exam prep
Cambridge English Language Assessment provides language learners with an impressive suite of exams that focus on varying levels of proficiency and needs. We focus on courses preparing students for the most popular exams at UK schools.
Preparing for change
by Nicola Hancox, Editor
Agents have a pivotal role to play in the study experience of each and every one of their student clients. From initial enquiry right through to course completion, they are the go-to for advice, encouragement and support. Often distracted by the relationship between agent and school it is perhaps refreshing that we analyse the unique relationship between student and agent, and in our Direction feature on page 42 we ask agents how they best prepare student clients for life overseas. One agency is so detailed in its approach that aside from giving practical advice on living costs, the weather and accommodation, they also provide emotional support in the form of an onsite psychologist. Ensuring a student is emotionally prepared for their study experience shows no stone has been left unturned.
I wonder how many of our readers actively send student clients to the Central US region? This month we talk to schools in states including Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wisconsin about what students can expect to discover in this mid America stretch. The popular states on the East and West Coast of the USA receive high volumes of international students year in year out, so turn to page 38 to learn about how this region’s uniqueness isn’t to be ignored.
Agents speak out about how important it is for a partner school to be a member of a school association (page 18). Clearly agents take membership seriously with one agent noting 90 per cent of its partners are part of a school body. He observes that membership is an assurance of quality, while another agent notes that school membership displays good business principles.
Accreditation, a concept that continues to alter the very design of the industry, is literally put under the looking glass in our central feature on page 28. At the time of writing, Canada was on the brink of regulatory change: schools could soon be designated under the auspices of provincial government for the issuance of study permits, while language coop programmes could be excluded from the list entirely. When I attended the Languages Canada Conference back in February, this was understandably a hot topic and while many were pleased its federal government was taking steps to protect students from fraudulent schools, and likewise protecting the industry from students that have no intention to stay and study, there is still an element of the unknown which must be hugely unsettling. Languages Canada abstained from commenting any further on the recent proposals – the timing of our feature is after all sensitive – but they are supportive of policies and regulations that will help safeguard its lucrative export education sector. I hope that when an official statement by government is made schools are not left with more questions than answers.