Into signs deal with University of Gloucestershire
Into University Partnerships has announced a new agreement with the University of Gloucestershire, which will see Into engage in student recruitment and provide preparation programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate study at the university.
With the first students due to enrol from September, the Into University of Gloucestershire joint venture will offer progression to a wide range of degrees at the university for students that successfully complete preparation courses. Initial subjects on offer include: business; management and law; accounting and information systems; and hospitality.
“We are delighted to be establishing this partnership with Into, said Stephen Marston, Vice-Chancellor of the university. “It will enable us to achieve our strategic goal of expanding our student numbers in a way that capitalises on the university’s strengths in excellent teaching, the wider student experience we offer and our attractive location.” Into is also reported to be negotiating with authorities in Malta with a view to establishing a presence in the country.
Agency survey tracks Swiss outbound trends
The popularity of French language courses for Swiss students is on the rise, according to the member survey data for 2012 released by the agency association Salta.
France accounted for 10.6 per cent of outbound business for Salta members in 2012, compared with 8.2 in the previous year, and overtook Australia to become the third most popular destination.
Mark Winkler, Chair of Salta, which has 14 members, said, “French in France was again more popular among Swiss students than the year before and together with constant figures of language trips to the French part of Switzerland, French overtook Spanish as the second language for Swiss travellers.”
At a steady 21.5 per cent, the UK retained its position as the top destination, but other English destinations fared less well. “The trend for long distance travel is still up for the USA, however, the market share of American schools is back to 2010 results, having declined from 19.3 per cent in 2011 to 15.3 per cent in 2012,” said Winkler. “Again, our members noticed that Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Ireland have lost students for consecutive years. Malta, on the other hand, gained in popularity.”
Eurocentres moves to new London school
The Eurocentres London Lee Green school has relocated to the grounds of Eltham Palace, an English Heritage tourist attraction famed for the 1930s Art Deco architecture. “The new school will provide students with state-of-the-art facilities and stunning surroundings,” said Eurocentres.
Facilities at the new site include student recreation areas, a study lounge and an on-site caféteria. The school remains an Ielts test centre and the same programmes are offered.
Michael C. Gerber, CEO of Eurocentres, said, “With the launch of Eurocentres London Eltham we are delighted to once again demonstrate Eurocentres’ status as an industry leader, committed to providing the best possible student experience.”
New Master’s Foundation in Amsterdam
Cambridge Education Group (CEG) has announced that its Amsterdam FoundationCampus will be offering a new one-term Master’s Foundation programme from June 2013, providing progression to a range of Master’s degrees at the University of Amsterdam.
The Amsterdam Foundation Campus was launched in May 2012 offering a one-year undergraduate foundation programme in partnership with the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Amsterdam.
The content of the new course covers academic English and study skills, research methods, data analysis, project planning and optional beginner’s Dutch. The programme offers guaranteed progression, subject to specific entry criteria, to MSc degrees such as Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance, Econometrics, and Economics.
Steve Harvey, Managing Director of FoundationCampus, said, “We are delighted to be able to offer this new pathway to a Master’s degree at one of the world’s top universities. The University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics and Business, offers a qualification that is recognised by employers around the world, and we aim to offer that first step to students looking for a truly global qualification.”
New partners for French in Normandy
Language school French in Normandy has announced two new partner institutions for its preparation programmes, as well as a new joint language course with fellow French language school Accent Français.
French in Normandy will now provide foundation, refresher or preparation courses for Normandy Management School, which has specialisations including supply chain and event management, and Rouen-based INSA, a public engineering institution. The partnerships add to existing links with Rouen University, ESIGELEC (engineering school), Rouen Business School and the French National Institute for Baking and Patisserie.
Eleri Maitland at French in Normandy said, “We are thrilled to add these two prestigious schools to our list of partners. Students studying French with us have a terrific range of options for further studies here in Normandy in both English and French.”
Meanwhile, French in Normandy, in collaboration with Accent Français, Montpellier, has launched a new concept programme, Bonjour La Real France, to provide students with a package including two weeks at each centre with the possibility of a weekend in Paris in between.
Maitland said, “French in Normandy offers excursions to Mont St. Michel, the lovely port of Honfleur and the cliffs at Etretat, the historic landing beaches and trips to Monet’s house and gardens, while Accent Français offers days out to Barcelona, walks in the Pyrenees or a stroll along beautiful Mediterranean beaches.” In a joint statement, Maitland and Virginie Coureau of Accent Français said, “We are delighted to be working together and we feel that this innovative programme will give students the chance to discover the very best of France.”
Piccola Università Italiana opens new school
Italian language school Piccola Università Italiana has opened a new school in Trieste in the Friuli Venezia-Giulia region, adding to its original centre in Tropea. The opening coincides with the school’s 20th anniversary.
The new centre is located in the heart of the old town, near the Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia, and has six classrooms with high-tech facilities, a coffee area, a library and a cinema.
Antonio Lamantea, Founder and Director, said, “The Piccola Università Italiana – Le Venezie is situated in Trieste, a fascinating, elegant and effervescent city. A place of literary writers and important historical events, elegant cafés and beautiful architecture, Trieste is the ideal city for a pleasant stay in the name of culture and dolce vita. Very close to this charming town, you will find numerous Unesco World Heritage sites like Venice, as well as scenic natural beauty.”
Fifteen language levels are taught at the school which provides classes in small groups of three-to-six students, while private lessons are available in specialisation subjects such as economics, medical Italian and tourism.
“After 20 years of dedication and passion, which began modestly in 1993, today in 2013 we are proud to have created a professional and dynamic school with a cheerful ambience that is fully committed to providing students with a satisfying and rewarding language learning experience,” said Lamantea.
New UK internship programme unveiled
Experio Enterprise has launched a project-based internship and study scheme for international students.
Participants undertake a four-month internship scheme with a client company, while studying a minimum of two credit-bearing modules for at least two days per week at Birkbeck, University of London.
“We approach the internship differently from the normal provider,” said Rob Moss, Founder of Experio Life. “We develop a project brief with the client company and schedule regular progress meetings. This ensures that the intern is delivering the agreed project outcomes as well as receiving the right level of experience and exposure to UK business practices.”
News in brief
Japan to increase international students and English courses
Japan’s national universities have agreed a target of doubling the number of international students to 10 per cent of all admissions by 2020. The targets were set at a meeting of the Japan Association of National Universities in Tokyo recently, with other goals including increasing two-fold to 24,000 the number of programmes delivered in English. The announcement comes after the annual survey of international students by the Japan Student Services Organisation recently revealed a 0.2 decline in students in 2012, falling to 137,756. China remains by far the most important source market for Japanese institutions, with 86,324 students – a 1.4 per cent drop – representing 62.7 of the total. The USA showed the largest increase, rising from 1,456 to 2,133, while there were also jumps in students from Taiwan, Vietnam, Nepal, France and Germany.
Increase in study for UK degrees abroad
The number of international students studying for UK degrees outside the country increased 13 per cent in 2011/12. According to data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa), there were 571,010 students wholly outside the UK studying for higher education qualifications awarded by UK institutions. Outside the EU, students at partner organisations constituted by far the largest group, with 306,870 students – 62 per cent of all non-EU overseas-based students. Distance, flexible or distributed learning made up 18.3 per cent of the non-EU total. Malaysia was comfortably the largest market for offshore provision with 66,920 students in 2011/12. Singapore, Pakistan, China and Hong Kong also had over 30,000 students enrolled. Notably, these numbers did not seem to impact on students coming to the UK, with all of these markets – Pakistan aside increasing during the same academic year.
Regent’s College London acquires AIUL
Regent’s College London, the UK’s largest private higher education institution, has announced the acquisition of American InterContinental University London (AIUL). AIUL will eventually cease to exist and become fully integrated into Regent’s College London, with teaching taking place on both campuses and new facilities due to be installed. AIU will continue to operate campuses in the USA as well as its virtual campus online. Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Principal at Regent’s College London, said, “What makes this acquisition particularly special is that we are essentially turning a for-profit institution into a not-for-profit operation as an integrated part of Regent’s College.”
EAQA welcomes new members
The European Association of Quality Agents has announced nine new members enrolled for 2013, with agencies from established markets including the UK, Ireland, Denmark and Malta joining the original membership of Central and Eastern European agencies. Adeila Makashi, Chairman of EAQA, said the association was working on new benefits for members.
Ialc unveils new members
The International Association of Language Centres has announced a number of new members: Impact English College and Sydney English Academy in Australia; Wimbledon School of English and St Clare’s Oxford in the UK: and Dilit International House in Rome, Italy. Chris Burgess, Principal at Impact English, said, “We are elated to announce our accreditation and membership of Ialc. This gives Impact English College even further international recognition of our on-going commitment to quality English language education and services.”
New insurance products from Ingle
Ingle International has unveiled a new homestay liability insurance policy for host families, and has also built third-party liability insurance into its international student accident and sickness policy at no additional cost. .
The German carrier Lufthansa will boost services across Europe this summer, including additional flights between Malta and the German hubs of Frankfurt and Munich. The daily route to Frankfurt is now running twice-daily during weekends, and the Munich to Malta route will increase from three to five weekly flights in August. “Malta is increasingly attractive to both leisure and business travellers,” said Carsten Schaeffer, Vice President Sales and Services, Southeast Europe, Middle East and Africa. Other European services include the introduction of two UK destinations, Cardiff and Glasgow, departing from Dusseldorf in Germany, and the airline will also introduce a new service between Munich and Vancouver in Canada. However, the carrier has also been forced to cut back on expanded operations in Berlin that were designed to coincide with the opening of Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport, scheduled last June, which has now been delayed indefinitely. Axed flight routes, including to Manchester, UK; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Budapest, Hungary and Lyon, France, were instead launched at Berlin’s Tegel Airport.
The HongKong-based airline Cathay Pacific has announced changes to its summer schedule, with increased flights to Toronto, Canada; Los Angeles, USA; Bangkok, Thailand; and Mumbai, India.
Flights to Moscow in Russia have been increased by the UK’s Easyjet as well as Air Malta. Easyjet recently made its non-stop flight from London Gatwick to Moscow Domodedovo Airport a twice-daily service, while the airline has also boosted the route from Manchester to the Russian capital to four-times-weekly. “Bookings for both of our routes have surpassed expectations,” said Carolyn McCall, Easyjet’s CEO. Air Malta, on the other hand, will operate an average of seven weekly flights to Moscow during the summer and will increase seat capacity by 50 per cent. Philip Saunders, Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer, commented, “This season we expect over 7,000 more passengers than last summer thus generating new tourism opportunities between the two countries.”
Ecuador’s capital Quito has inaugurated its new international airport, with a capacity of up to six million passengers per year. The new Mariscal Antonio Jose de Sucre Airport takes over the old one of the same name, which was deemed unsuitable for expansion due to the heavily populated location. Servicing higher capacity aircrafts from across the globe, the airport will host a number of new services. Tame, one of the main Ecuadorian airlines, will launch direct routes to Buenos Aires in Argentina and New York in the USA. The Dutch airline KLM, meanwhile, will fly non-stop to Amsterdam in The Netherlands and Madrid in Spain.
China Eastern has launched a daily Hong Kong-Shanghai-San Francisco flight due to the increasing popularity of services from Hong Kong to the USA. “We have been operating stopover flights from Hong Kong to places such as Vancouver, Canada and Los Angeles, USA for a fairly long time now, and there has been a lot of demand for such flights,” affirmed Sales Representative Eric But. “Seeing the demand, our company wants to tap into the market more.”
The Latvian airline airBaltic has started a daily flight from Riga in Latvia to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Turkey, offering more Central Eastern European connections to the Baltics, Scandanavia, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. “The move helps to reduce travel time for our customers between central Istanbul and the airport,” added Michael Grimme, Chief Commercial Officer. For the summer, airBaltic has also introduced six new destinations: Prague, Czech Republic; Heviz-Balaton, Hungary; Olbia, Italy; Rijeka, Croatia; Larnaca, Cyprus; and Malta.
In a bid to triple its capacity, Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport has opened a new terminal that cost an estimated US$750 million to build. The construction work began in 2008, and the new terminal, that should increase airport capacity to nine million passengers per year, now hosts new Royal Jordanian flights to Athens in Greece, Doha in Qatar and Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt.
Wiping tray tables and avoiding the use of airline blankets are among the behaviours that significantly reduce the risk of allergic reactions to peanuts or tree nuts during an airline flight, a study led by the University of Michigan in the USA suggests. Most airlines serve meals including peanuts and tree nuts, said Matthew Greenhawt from the university, who added, “These behaviours are simple, practical measures that may offer some protection and reduce anxiety until formal policies are implemented.”