New language and sports programmes in the USA
ELS Language Centers and Nike Sports Camps have teamed up to offer Nike Sport and Language Programs in the USA this summer, citing rising demand from international campers for the new collaboration.
Leanne Benoist, Director of Special Programs & Recruitment and Partner Support at ELS Language Centers, said, “This new partnership brings together two leaders in their fields, with the goal of delivering exceptional youth experiences, combining the best in English instruction and sports training for international students.”
The camps, held at educational institutions in New York, New Jersey, Florida and California, will be two, three or four weeks long. Campers can receive a week of language tuition, and choose between basketball, tennis, football (soccer), golf and volleyball for their sports camps.
Meanwhile, EduKick International Football Academies (EIFA) has announced partnerships with Pennsylvania International Academy (PIA) and Mercyhurst Preparatory School to open a soccer boarding school the first based on US soil with initial enrolment in September.
The EduKick USA campus will be located on PIA’s grounds, which feature 19 full-size pitches and state-of-the-art fitness facilities. Participants will be housed in dormitory-style lodgings, while education will be provided by Mercyhurst, recognised as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the Department of Education.
“EduKick International Football Academies is pleased to offer students worldwide the opportunity to study and train daily in the US with our partners at PIA and Mercyhurst Prep,” said EduKick Owner and Founder, Joey Bilotta. “This is a fantastic opportunity for international players to continue their soccer development and education in the US and also begin their US college or university soccer programme search,” he continued.
Cambridge Esol to provide tests for Italian universities
A recent agreement between the Italian Ministry of Education and the University of Cambridge Esol Examinations (Cambridge Esol) will see the exam board providing admissions tests for Italian and overseas students planning to study English taught degrees in Italy.
The Italian Education Minister, Francesco Profumo, said the move comes at a time when there is substantial demand, with over 100 English-taught courses now being offered in Italy, and that the initiative will help familiarise overseas students with Italian culture, while also preparing Italian students for an international environment.
“The tests will assess applicants’ aptitude for their chosen subject, as well as their general readiness for higher education,” said Nick Beer, Regional Manager, Italy & Malta, at Cambridge Esol. “This combination is really important when matching overseas students to appropriate course in Italian universities, not least because it will provide a fair and internationally recognised route to studying in Italy,” Beer added.
IIE honour innovation in international education
The Institute of International Education (IIE) has awarded the winners of the 11th IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education during a ceremony at its annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference, held in New York recently.
Winners for 2012 were: University of Kentucky (for Internationalizing the Campus); Howard Community College and Community College of Baltimore County (Internationalizing the Community College); Hendrix College (International Partnership for leading a consortium of 18 campuses in the Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program); and University of Rhode Island (Study Abroad).
“The 2012 IIE Heiskell Awards recognise some of the world’s best initiatives in internationalising higher education,” said IIE President and CEO, Dr. Allan E. Goodman.
Kuranui College launches Outdoor Education Academy
Kuranui College, a co-educational secondary school in South Wairarapa, New Zealand, has developed the Kuranui Outdoor Education Academy (KOEA), a new programme aimed at getting secondary and international students to enjoy the great outdoors and develop life skills.
KOEA will allow students to spend time in a genuine bush environment. Various modules will have an emphasis on the national curriculum’s key competencies, with activities including abseiling, camping, environmental education, snow caving, and bush survival.
News in brief
Southern Lakes joins Quality English Southern Lakes English College (Slec), based in Queenstown, New Zealand, has become the latest member of the Quality English (QE) group. Carolyn Blackmore, Chief Executive of QE, welcomed Slec to the group while visiting Queenstown recently. “Slec is run by Blaise and Sarah Barham, both experienced teachers and managers, who are passionate about their thriving, growing, family-run school. They have been running the school in Queenstown for six years and together have built a fantastic centre for students to learn English and enjoy this dynamic and exciting place,” said Blackmore.
Meanwhile, the University of California Berkeley Extension has launched an Intensive Academic English Program (IAEP). Commencing from May 2012, the minimum three-month course is available at six levels from intermediate to advanced. “IAEP provides focused, rigorous instruction in university-level English to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading, academic writing, pronunciation and grammar,” said the institution.
STI Travels Italy opens US office
The study abroad agency, STI Travels Italy, has expanded with a new office in the USA. Based in San Diego, California, and operating under the name Study Travels USA, the office will operate as an advisory centre for Italian and international students studying and working in the USA. Assistance will be available in English and Italian, with further languages due to be added. Bianca Buganè, Student Advisor at STI, established the US office and said it will offer airport pick up and orientation to all US destinations, assistance with visa issues, flight booking and re-booking, accommodation, transport, insurance and advice on language courses and applications for higher education study in the USA.
International housing service for students
A new online roommate and housing service has been established to help students from across the world find accommodation. Casaswap.com allows students to find roommates, rooms and apartments. The site has facilities for homeowners and landlords to list the details of any spare rooms or apartments that can be let to international students. The free service also allows swappers to arrange an exchange of accommodation.
New UK international summer schools
New international residential summer schools for 11-to-16 year old students have been announced for 2012 at two co-educational independent boarding schools in the UK.
Giggleswick School, located in the Yorkshire Dales and celebrating its 500th anniversary in 2012, has launched Giggleswick International Summer School. The three-week course consists of intensive English tuition, a choice of sporting, adventure and cultural activities in the afternoon, a full evening social programme, and weekend excursions. James Wright, Director of Giggleswick Summer Schools, said, “A first rate reputation and location combined with excellent facilities across all aspects of boarding school life ensures Giggleswick’s position as the ideal host for students from around the world.”
Meanwhile, Rishworth School, an independent school based in West Yorkshire, is offering a new three-week English language course, consisting of 15 hours per week of English langauge tuition, including English for various core subjects, day trips, afternoon and evening activities.
ILAC completes boutique refurbishment
International Language Academy of Canada (Ilac) has recently completed a boutique refurbishment programme at its campuses in Toronto and Vancouver.
“Ilac continues to expand, opening brand new campuses in Toronto and Vancouver [last year] and investing in renovation of its infrastructures to create a modern boutique-style atmosphere,” said Tatiana Porvatkina, Marketing Director at Ilac. “We believe that our big project to create boutique-style schools will only enhance students’ experience and will be ideal for the learning and socialising process,” she added.
Poll shows language education priority in the Balkans
A survey conducted in Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina has discovered that learning a foreign language abroad tops family budget priorities.
The study, conducted by management and education consultancy firm Prodirekt through its communication network, Verbalisti, polled 1,566 people across the four countries. Seventy eight per cent of participants stated that it was “extremely important” for their children to learn a foreign language in the native speaking country and that they would provide for it regardless of financial constraints. A further 16 per cent said they would provide if the budget allows.
“The prolonged and severe economic crisis apparently does not affect, at least declaratively, the parents’ willingness to spend on their children’s education,” said Jasmina Saric, Director of Educational Programs at Prodirekt. “This makes perfect sense: with the high unemployment rate among young people, parents perceive their children’s language competencies as a key factor in getting a job.”
ESL expands with seven new offices
Language travel organisation, ESL Language Studies Abroad, has opened seven new offices already in 2012.
Five of the new branches are in countries where the company has an existing presence and is seeking to consolidate activities: Valencia, Spain; Verona, Italy; Winterthur, Switzerland; Antwerp, Belgium; and Nouméa, in the French overseas territory of New Caledonia . A further two offices are based in new locations: London, UK, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Krister A. Weidenhielm, ESL’s Head of Products & Partnerships, said, “This brings us to a network of 37 offices to offer quality local advice and services to potential students and offer our partner schools an international representation coverage in key markets, mainly in Europe, but also including Bogota and Panama in Latin America.”
Going Global embraces international thinking
Changing education for a changing world was the theme of Going Global, the annual international education conference organised by the British Council. More than 500 university presidents, vice chancellors and sector leaders were among a 1,300 strong-delegation in London to discuss the role higher education is playing in connecting the world in the 21st century.
In a ministerial address, Rt Hon. Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, noted that global demand for higher education is expected to tip 250 million students by 2025. He observed that one in six students in the UK is international, but that there was a need to increase student mobility among UK domestic students, likening the current situation to a “one-way exchange”. A variety of sessions were held during the two-day event including: how China is approaching international collaboration, and how technology is transforming higher education.
“Since its inception in 2004 Going Global has become incrementally bigger, better and bolder this year’s event has a depth of content that has inspired delegates, whether academics, university leaders and policy makers,” said Dr Jo Beall, the British Council’s Director of Education and Society. “The most inspiring features have been the calibre of debate and dialogue, the degree of innovation which conference participants have shared and networks and partnerships forged.”
Coined Córdoba moves
The Córdoba branch of Coined Internacional has moved to a new city location with extra capacity.
The new location features a climbing wall, courtyard area and spaces allowing students to interact with local people. Enrique Helmbrecht, Director of Coined International, said the new school will enable participants to learn Spanish in a natural way, and that the leisure facilities will encourage cultural immersion, adding that this embraces the philosophy of Coined’s intercultural centres.
Coined Internacional partners several language schools in Latin America, however it owns and operates only four in Chile, Guatemala and two in Argentina.
Istanbul will become United Airlines’ 76th international destination from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport when the company launches a daily nonstop service from July. “We are excited to add Istanbul to our global route network,” said Jim Compton, United’s Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer. “This new service will provide customers throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America direct access to one of the most important cities in the region.”
Emirates is further expanding its network into Europe with a new service to Portugal and increased capacity to Milan and Venice. The daily Dubai-Lisbon direct connection will commence from July. Meanwhile, a third daily flight into Milan will be added from June. The airline has already increased its service into Venice to twice daily. “Our European network is growing stronger and stronger and a number of important developments are taking place in Italy,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation. “This is another significant investment in the Italian market and we look forward to offering further choice and excellent value for money to travellers and businesses, including the cargo community.”
Passengers waiting for flights and connections at Hong Kong International Airport will soon have some additional entertainment with the imminent opening of the world’s first IMAX cinema at an airport. 2D and 3D blockbuster movies will be shown at the cinema with a capacity of over 350 seats, located in Terminal 2.
British Airways and Japan Airlines (JAL) have agreed plans on a joint venture business on flights between Europe and Japan. The two companies said in a statement that the agreement would benefit customers by providing better links, greater choice of flights, enhanced frequent flyer benefits and the potential for new routes. The deal is also expected to strengthen the oneworld alliance. “JAL is looking forward to the potential customer benefits we foresee from the synergies with British Airways,” said Masaru Onishi, JAL President. “Just as our customers travelling over the Pacific have gained from the joint business between JAL and American Airlines, which began last April, we expect the closer relationship with British Airways to also provide the travelling public between Europe and Japan with greater convenience and options.” Meanwhile, JAL has announced that a new direct service into San Diego will commence from December and that a four times-weekly service to Helsinki, Finland, will be launched in 2013.
German carrier, airberlin, is expanding its services into the Middle East with the addition of a daily connection from Dusseldorf to Abu Dhabi. airberlin’s partner, Etihad Airways, has also scheduled a daily service on this route, due to commence from June. Meanwhile, airberlin frequency from Berlin to the same destination will increase from four times a week to daily. airberlin is also planning to fly from Berlin via Abu Dhabi to the resort of Phuket in Thailand. CEO, Hartmut Mehdorn, said, “By adding new daily connections from Berlin and Dusseldorf to Abu Dhabi, we are reinforcing our hubs and strengthening our strategic partnership with Etihad Airways.”
Budget airline, Ryanair, has announced plans to expand networks from its bases at London Stansted and London Luton with 26 additional new routes. Year-round destinations from London Stansted will include the Girona and Reus airports in Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest and Malta, while a number of summer seasonal routes into Greece and Spain will be added. London Luton will also host new routes to the two Barcelona airports, as well as to Murcia.
Online dating in the air could soon be a possibility with the news that Dutch airline, KLM, and Malaysia Airlines are testing software for a new booking system that allows passengers to choose who they want to sit next to on a flight. The software lets travellers browse other passengers’ Facebook and LinkedIn profiles and make seat choices based on interests, profession or looks. The KLM Meet & Seat service was initially launched as a pilot scheme on flights from Amsterdam to New York, São Paolo and San Francisco, and is now being introduced on a further 10 destinations, including Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Buenos Aires and Cape Town. There will be an opt-out option for those passengers that would prefer not to share their information.