UED reacts to direct booking in Turkey
Alphe Brazil 2012 biggest ever
Maltalingua becomes Malta’s newest English language school
English UK Northern Ireland established
Australian decline figures disputed
Languages Canada conference largest yet
MEI pilot programme for Chinese students in Ireland
Work experience and au pair sectors gather for WETM-IAC
News Round Up
New language and sports programmes in the USA
Cambridge Esol to provide tests for Italian universities
IIE honour innovation in international education
Kuranui College launches Outdoor Education Academy
New UK international summer schools
ILAC completes boutique refurbishment
Poll shows language education priority in the Balkans
ESL expands with seven new offices
Going Global embraces international thinking
Coined Córdoba moves
News in brief
Inside The Industry
On the move Q&A: Federation of English Language Teaching Organisations Malta (Feltom)
Q&A Advisor Association: Aseproce - Asociación Española de Promotores de Cursos en el Extranjero
Agency of the month: New Beetle Viaggi Studiol
Italian plus culture
For students wanting to learn about Italy’s culture alongside its language, there are a wealth of courses available. Italian language programmes also offering cuisine related activities are similarly numerous, as are courses with fine art tuition.
Past, present and future
by Nicola Hancox, editor
This time last year we were reporting on changes being implemented by the UK government in relation to student visa policy and also brought you news of an Australian discussion paper which championed a strategic review of its own student visa system (see STM, May 2011, pages 6-7). Twelve months on and both topics continue to make the news in some way. This issue we report on the financial losses incurred by the international education industry in Australia in 2011 (US$3.18 billion). Student commencements across all sectors were also down last year, with the Elicos sector suffering the greatest decline. Many were and still are hoping changes being brought about by the Knight Review will help breathe new life into the industry. And while most are aware this was never going to be a ‘quick fix’ like with all rollouts they take time it was interesting to gauge an insider’s take on 2011 operating conditions. On page 59 we ask those working directly within Australia’s ELT sector how business fared, what challenges they faced and whether they adapted their academic provision to appeal to alternative markets. There were some interesting findings worth a special mention. Educators reported how they bucked the downward trend in 2011 by concentrating on specialised vocational education and training programmes and this shows, I feel, how the sector is not simply being docile when faced with government about-turns on visa policy.
But let’s escape Australia for a moment. Ireland is positioning itself to tap into that hot market that seems to be on everyone’s lips at the moment China. “[It’s] the market of markets,” exclaims David O’Grady, MEI CEO, who has just implemented a pilot programme that will bring Chinese students to study English at an MEI member school (page 9). True to his word, O’Grady reported back in our December 2011 issue that he hoped to apply the same template scheme launched in the Turkish market. He also said that they hoped to target another BRIC nation, Brazil.
This month, agents “speak out” about new destination trends (page 18). Following aforementioned changes to the UK’s student visa system, one agent reports a shift in interest from the UK to Malta, while another agent signals that affordability rather than location tops the list of student priorities when picking a language learning destination and for this reason Canada and Ireland had been particularly popular among agency clientele of late.