Japanese recruitment firm promotes English study in Asia
Japanese global career specialist Disco Inc has moved into student recruitment with the launch of GlobalStudyASIA, promoting English language study across Asia.
Initially, GlobalStudyASIA has established partner schools in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and India and is offering English language courses in combination with continuing career guidance.
Hiten Amin at Disco Inc explained that study abroad within the continent is a growing trend. “With increased investment in education around the region, we are seeing the emergence of education hubs throughout Asia. As many Asian nations have initiated ambitious inbound student recruitment policies, and with further integration of the Asian economies, the trend is clear that more and more Asian students will stay in Asia for their education.”
Amin explained that Disco Inc was hoping to create an added-value niche in the market by combining study abroad packages with the company’s experience in global recruitment. “Each of our students will be assigned a professional career counsellor, have access to a vast database of potential jobs, and further enhance their skill set through our varied career-oriented services to ensure they are ready for their global careers,” Amin added.
Although recruiting directly in Japan, GlobalStudyASIA is hoping to work with overseas agents, Amin confirmed, particularly from Asia, Brazil and Russia.
Disco Inc was established in 1973 and runs the worldwide careerforum recruitment seminars for Japanese-English bilingual graduates. Initially EFL courses are being offered, but Amin said the company would expand into higher education and other Asian destinations. An English website was set to be launched at the time of going to press.
Atlas announces Bristol junior centre
Atlas Language School has announced a new Atlas Junior School in Bristol, UK, for 2013, marking its first expansion outside of Ireland.
Courses will be based at City of Bristol College, where facilities include state-of-the-art classrooms, a student computer room and Wi-Fi, a large student common area, and indoor and outdoor sports facilities.
Explaining the move, Nico Dowling, Atlas Director, said, “Bristol is an ideal location for young learners to come and study in a safe and charming environment.” Homestay accommodation or a five-star student residence is offered.
Courses offered at the Bristol centre include the regular Junior Fluency and Junior Fluency Plus offerings, as well as a new programme for 2013: the Junior 4-to-1 an intensive course with a maximum of four students per class. Meanwhile, at the Dublin centre, Atlas has also added a new Fluency Plus with Drama programme.
New campus accommodation for GHS
Good Hope Studies (GHS) in Cape Town, South Africa, has unveiled its new campus accommodation. Located next to the GHS school building in the Newlands suburb of the city, the property includes a garden, a swimming pool, a self-catering kitchen and a large communal area. Each bedroom accommodates two-to-four students and there are a total of four bathrooms. The modern style is consistent with the decoration at GHS’s other student house and student residence options.
IH Edinburgh moves to new junior centre
International House Edinburgh, a summer junior centre operated by IH Newcastle, has moved to a new location for 2013 at Strathallan, an independent boarding school.
Recreational facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, football pitches, tennis courts, a gym, an orchestra room and a theatre. Accommodation is provided in single bedrooms or five/six bed dormitories.
“I am so excited about using Strathallan this year,” said Jennifer Huntley-Revely, Head of Student Services. “We had a great course in 2012 for the students, but being able to offer even more on our campus will mean so many more opportunities for the students to have fun and get involved in a range of different activities.”
The school is also planning to add a tour of the Highlands to the excursion schedule. Two, three and four-week courses are available at IH Edinburgh between late June and late July 2013 for students aged 11-to-17 years.
Mixed news in Ireland’s tertiary enrolments
International students at Irish universities grew by eight per cent in 2011/12 while other sectors struggled, according to a survey of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) by Education in Ireland.
The total number of international students registered at all HEIs was 32,132, an overall rise of two per cent. The increase at universities, which now account for 70 per cent of all international students at this level, masked declines at institutes of technology (one per cent) and private colleges (22 per cent).
The survey also revealed that growth in offshore education is outstripping the increase in students coming to Ireland, with this sector now accounting for 23 per cent of all international students registered at Irish HEIs. The trend is illustrated by China, which actually recorded a 10 per cent drop in students in Ireland, but offset this with offshore increases. Offshore students have been included in the survey findings since last year.
International students at PhD level increased by 35 per cent compared with the previous year, and now account for 20 per cent of full-time international students based in Ireland.
Malaysia showed the highest growth among Ireland’s target countries (China, India USA, Malaysia) at 10 per cent. Indian enrolments declined further, remaining low by international standards, and Ireland is now directing promotional efforts at this market.
Sols Schools Calgary expands
The Calgary branch of Sols Schools International has moved to a larger centre. The new building was selected for its size, downtown location, the addition of a patio area for social events and increased accommodation options, explained school Director, Tracy Walker.
“Our students always enjoy the total immersion into Canadian culture and our move closer to the busy 17th Avenue area and the C-Train is fantastic for them,” said Walker.
Sols Schools International has also recently opened a new marketing office in La Jolla, California, USA. Houman Nikmanesh, CEO, confirmed that the group was planning to open junior programmes in Vancouver and San Diego in 2014 and was also looking at other North American destinations for possible expansion.
Specialist executive school opens in Manila
A new school offering courses for business executives in Manila has become the latest addition to the burgeoning English language sector in the Philippines.
EEN Academy of English is located on the 30th floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange Center in Ortigas, the business district of the city, and will offer customised one-to-one short-term programmes for business executives.
Facilities at the centre include a spacious study lounge, a communication lounge and classroom technology such as interactive whiteboards. Accommodation is provided in Prestige Village, an executive residential village with its own chef, or at the Millenia Suites Hotel.
The school is owned by Japanese study abroad company EIEN, and Director Baekho Lee said it was the first dedicated executive centre in the country. “Among all English schools in the Philippines, EEN is the first to provide a curriculum that has been developed with busy working people in mind.” Lee added that intensive short programmes were increasingly popular. “In the course of six years that EIEN has provided affordable English training programmes, we have seen an ever-growing demand for a learning environment that produces maximum learning results in a short period of time especially for employee training and for individuals who require English skills in their careers.”
IH releases vocabulary app
International House has launched an official phone app that can act as a mobile vocabulary book and assist learning.
The My Words app stores words students learn in class and translates them into their native language, and details such as word definition, gender and parts of speech can be included. There is also a voice recording option to enable pronunciation practice.
Available as a free download from the IHExperience.com website, the app allows students to translate words into two languages and has a range of 15 languages.will be rolled out across all of ENZ’s corporate templates.
News in brief
New members for English Australia
Greenwich College, NSW, and Australian English Language Centre, WA, have been accepted as new members of English Australia. It was also confirmed that Carrick English Language Centres in Sydney and Brisbane have ceased offering English language courses due to their acquisition by Kaplan and subsequent duplication of centres. EA also announced a new one-year associate membership scheme for newly established colleges.
LLE launches new family course
The UK-based Living Learning English (LLE) has launched an English for Families course, which will offer English tuition in its Bristol school combined with self-catering accommodation. Family members can choose one-to-one or two-to-one lessons with a range of programmes available.
Maltalingua to offer junior programmes
Maltalingua English Language School has announced that from this Easter it is expanding to offer the Active Language Learning programme for young learners aged 12-to-17 years. The course, which encompasses in-class tuition and complementary outdoor active learning is available at junior camps in St. Julian’s and Mellieha. Students will have a choice of four-star residence or host family accommodation.
University signs credit agreement with Castilla y León schools
Universidad Pontificia has signed an agreement with Asociación de Escuelas de Enseñanza de Español de Castilla y León (the Association of Spanish Teaching Schools in Castilla y León) to supervise the courses of the 16 schools in the association and allow university credits to be obtained from some programmes. The initiative is part of a drive to increase international students in the region.
Bellerbys Brighton moves up secondary school rankings
Study Group’s Bellerbys College, Brighton, has jumped 26 places to break into the top 30 of the recently released Financial Times ranking of UK secondary schools. The FT rankings cover 2,179 schools based on exam performance in A-level, IB higher and pre-university qualifications. Nigel Addison, Principal, said, “Bellerbys Brighton’s position of 29th illustrates the benefits and importance of highly qualified teachers with good experience, teaching small classes.” Westminster School maintained its position at the top of the rankings this year, with seven of the top ten schools being independent institutions.
To cater for growing demand, Singapore Airlines (SIA) will adjust the frequency of certain flights to Australia, Asia and Europe from March to October. The Australian-bound service to Melbourne will increase from three to four times daily, while routes to Adelaide will go up from 10 to 12 times per week. In Japan, the Fukuoka flight will operate as a daily service (instead of a five times weekly one), and flights to Osaka will fly daily instead of 11 times per week. The carrier is also going to increase the Singapore-Moscow-Houston flight to a daily service from five nights per week between May and August.
Aeromexico has launched its first flight between the UK’s London Heathrow and Mexico City, and is planning on increasing flight frequencies in August 2013 to possibly become a daily service. Colin Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of Heathrow, said, “We are delighted to welcome Aeromexico to Heathrow. The centre of gravity in the world economy is shifting, and Britain should be forging new links with economies like Mexico. Serving 35 international destinations throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, the carrier is looking to compete with British Airways.
Air Canada has announced the introduction of a new leisure airline, which will begin flying in July. The company’s first low-cost carrier, Air Canada Rouge, will fly to destinations including Venice, Edinburgh, Athens, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Costa Rica and was launched following a contest on Air Canada’s Facebook page. “With the introduction of Air Canada’s Rouge, Air Canada enters today’s growing leisure travel market on a truly competitive basis,” said Ben Smith, Air Canada’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. Meanwhile, Michael Friisdahl, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada’s Leisure Group, added, “With leisure time at a premium, Air Canada Rouge will combine affordable fares, great service and choice leisure destinations.”
The opening of Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport has been delayed yet again, according to German media reports, with the former opening date of October this year being pushed back to 2014 or even 2015 due to on-going technical problems. With the delay adding strain to Berlin’s existing airports, including the overcrowded Tegel, aviation experts have predicted that the airport will not have enough facilities to cope during busy times when it does eventually open.
Eurostar has suspended ticket sales on its London-Amsterdam (via Brussels) route as its booking system is incompatible with the systems of other rail networks. Previously Eurostar passengers would travel to Brussels Midi and then switch to a high-speed Thalys or regular service, but the launch of Fyra last December led to this journey ending. “We are currently in discussion with both Thalys and Fyra [European interrail companies] regarding arrangements for travel between London, Amsterdam and into the Netherlands,” explained a spokesperson. “We hope to be able to offer an update on arrangements in the near future. In the interim, our advice to passengers is to book tickets for travel between London and the Netherlands via Rail Europe.”
Qatar Airways has upped the frequency of its service to Warsaw from a four-times-weekly service to a daily flight. “I have been pleasantly surprised by how well the route is performing since adding the latest European gateway to our network,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker. Increased frequencies on this flight will offer “the people of Poland more choice of flights and a great international network, specifically to Asia, Australia and the Middle East”. Emirates, another Middle Eastern airline, has also increased its services, adding its fifth daily Dubai-Bangkok route to current offerings from March onwards, pushing the route’s frequency up to 35 times per week.
Following a successful trial last year, London City Airport and British Airways are expanding facilities that allow customers to self-tag and weigh their bags before check-in in around 24 seconds. With two bag drop podiums at the airport at present, there is a view to open several more during 2013. Matthew Hall, Chief Operational Officer at London City Airport, said, “Saving time is a priority to our passengers, particularly those travelling on business. We have therefore been developing a number of initiatives aimed at reducing the time it takes to move through the airport.”