LSBF unveils new London campus
The London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) has unveiled a new campus in London’s financial district, officially opened by Prince Michael of Kent at a special ceremony recently.
The new LSBF centre, located at Sceptre Court in Tower Hill opposite the Tower of London, will accommodate around 3,000 students on a range of courses including MBAs and master’s programmes. Facilities within the building include a fully functional trading floor to be operated by LSBF’s partner the London Academy of Trading, as well as classrooms and offices.
“London’s reputation as an international business hub makes it a great classroom for business students,” said Professor Maurits van Rooijen, Rector and CEO of LSBF.
“It has always been our goal to provide our students not just with the academic knowledge, but also with a range of work-integrated learning opportunities. Students and young professionals aiming to get access to top employers and career progression opportunities could not be in a better location.”
UK university loses Tier 4 license
Buckinghamshire New University in the UK has had its licence to recruit non-EU students suspended after exceeding the visa refusal limit by 1.16 per cent equivalent to three students.
The institution applied to have its licence renewed in October 2014, a month before the maximum threshold was lowered from 20 per cent to 10 per cent, but the government penalised the university for falling foul of the new target.
The university was given 20 days to appeal the Home Office’s decision. Current non-EU students were unaffected, but students that had not yet arrived in the UK were being advised by the Home Office to postpone travel plans until the situation had been resolved.
Meanwhile, Glyndwr University, will continue to face restrictions on the number of non-EU students it can enrol at its Wrexham campus, although the Home Office has allowed a small increase in limit previously set at 100 students, following a recent audit. Glyndwr had its Tier 4 license reinstated after a suspension last year relating to fraudulent Toeic tests at its London campus.
UK introduces biometric permit system
The UK Home Office has introduced a system of Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) for any non-EU nationals travelling to the UK for more than six months, meaning applicants will need to collect a BRP from a designated UK post office within a specified period.
Applicants will be issued with a short-term, 30-day vignette prior to arrival, which will be replaced with the BRP granting full leave at the post office. Students can commence a course prior to obtaining BRP, although the host institution will need to verify both the short-term vignette and the BRP once collected.
The scheme is expected to be operational for all nationalites by the end of July. At the time of writing, the post office listed around 100 branches offering the biometric service.
New London centre for Twin Group
UK-based provider Twin Group has announced it will move its London school to a purpose-built centre inside a new development in Royal Greenwich this summer.
Located near Central Greenwich and the O2 Arena, the 15,000 square-feet school will house Twin’s English language programmes, work experience programmes and career development courses.
On-site leisure facilities include a swimming pool on the floor below the school, as well as a range of shops and restaurants within the development.
Caroline Fox, CEO of Twin Group, said, “This move is transformative for Twin’s English and other study products. Research tells us bright modern classrooms help make schools attractive. We know a globally recognisable name adds to the lustre of the brand. Our newly built and custom-fitted environment in one of London’s most celebrated boroughs, close to Central London, has already generated interest from wholly new sources of potential business.”
News in brief
Four Korean colleges banned
The Korean Education Ministry has suspended four institutions from accepting international students for a year, as part of its International Education Quality Assurance System. The four institutions are: Hansei University; Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology; Jeonbuk Science College and Taegu Science University. Existing students at the institutions are not affected.
Malaysia’s EMGS system extended to public institutions
Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS), established by the government as a ‘one-stop centre’ for international student enrolment and visa applications into private higher education institutions in order to monitor and verify students, has been extended to cover public institutions and language schools.
Malaysia top source for Taiwan
Malaysia was the largest source country of international students for Taiwan in 2013, according to figures released by the Ministry of Education (MoE). The total of 10,374 Malaysian students was almost double the 5,248 figure recorded in 2010, an increase the MoE attributed to Malaysia’s increased recognition of Taiwanese-issued certificates and diplomas.
Ceran launches Juniors in Paris course
Language provider Ceran Lingua International has announced a new Ceran Juniors in Paris centre, offering French residential programmes for students aged 12-to-17 from July 5, with nine hours a day of lessons and supervised sport, leisure and recreational activities.
Ialca participates in UK fairs
Italian agency association Ialca has participated in a recent Study in the UK Fair in Milan, organised by the British Council and UK Trade and Investment. Member agents held business meetings with British institutions and the association made a presentation on the Italian market. “Ialca welcomes promotion activities intending to support a specific education destination or sector; nevertheless, Italian agents consider their role is essential to advise students on quality courses and to assist international educators,” said Ialca in a statement, adding it was discussing areas of common agreement with the British Council.
ILAC collects management award
The International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC) has been recognised as one of Canada’s ‘Best Managed Companies’ in 2014 for excellence in business performance, an award sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC (Canada Imperial Bank of Commerce), National Post, Queen’s School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums.
Giga IH Catania launches Italian summer courses
Giga International House Catania in Italy has launched new Italian summer courses for 2015, following the establishment of an Italian language department for international students last year. The programme will feature 30 hours of language tuition over two weeks, as well as activities and optional plus courses.
New service for agents and UK boarding schools
A new filtering platform has been launched to connect UK boarding schools and study centres with agents worldwide and simplify the admission process for international students.
Which British School (WBS) provides a means of getting both British and international students aged seven-to-17 years old in front of a wider audience of schools in order to find the right school for each child, said Co-Founder, Jennifer Britton.
WBS matches students registered on the site by agents with schools whose criteria they meet. Interested schools will engage with the students’ agents and applications will continue as normal, with full commissions still paid.
Highlighting the potential benefit to study travel agents, Britton said, “Educational agents and consultants from around the globe will use the platform to showcase their students to a wide array of schools in order to find the best ‘fit’ school for them without having to spend hours calling round schools to check availability; and schools deal only with suitable candidates, saving everyone valuable time.” The website also provides a clearing service for schools that find themselves with availability in September.
Britton told ST Magazine that the platform had been designed to integrate with the different business models agents have for working with UK independent schools including: agents that already have several school partners; companies that have difficulty in placing students; agents looking to expand the portfolio of schools they work with; and those that handle late enquiries.
France ponders fees for non-EU students
France should consider introducing full tuition fees for non-EU students at public higher education institutions, according to a report released by France Stratégie, a think tank linked to the Prime Minister’s office.
Currently French state-funded institutions charge a flat administration fee to all students, regardless of nationality. However, the authors of the report argue that France cannot cope with the anticipated increase in international student numbers over coming years. They said introducing fees for non-EU students could earn the country around €850 million (US$909 million) per year, money that could be reinvested into education to provide scholarships and better services.
Acknowledging that Scandinavian countries such as Denmark and Sweden saw international student numbers drop after introducing tuition fees for non-EU students, the authors said that more would need to be done to market French higher education overseas in order to prevent the same declines.
Using agents was one of the measures discussed by the authors as a way of maintaining recruitment levels, along with building a stronger brand for French higher education, using stronger communication and marketing strategies in key markets and strengthening diplomatic networks.
EAQA partners with ABLS and English Australia
EAQA, the pan-European agency association, has announced partnerships with English Australia (EA) and ABLS Accreditation, a UK accreditation body for language schools.
The agreements are intended to complement mutual affiliation with knowledge and information sharing, creating a quality network between the organisations themselves as well as their members.
The EA announcement came after months of discussions between the two organisations following initial talks at the Alphe UK Conference in August last year, while ABLS has become EAQA’s first ‘Corporate Partner’ in a new scheme for the association.
Adela Makashi, Chair of EAQA, said, “Cooperating with an organisation of English Australia’s quality not only elevates the range of cooperation and knowledge sharing of both bodies, but also gives our member agencies a wider field of possibilities in expanding their cooperation with education institutions of the highest quality.”
She added, “ABLS has a very comprehensive and thorough accreditation system in place, thus certifying only great UK schools. Due to the nature of our two organisations, cooperation seemed only natural.”
Sue Blundell, Executive Director of English Australia, said, “Due to the nature and main goals of our organisation, cooperation with an association of EAQA’s character seemed only natural. We are excited to see what this cooperation brings and look forward to working together in 2015.”
Founded in 2011, EAQA currently comprises 27 agencies from 15 countries and is a member of the Federation of Education and Language Consultant Associations (Felca).
Navitas renews deals with UMass unis
Navitas has announced a renewal of its pathway agreements with the University of Massachusetts (UMass) in Boston, Lowell and Dartmouth in the USA.
The UMass Boston partnership has been renewed under materially similar terms and conditions but for a period of ten years, following the completion of the initial five-year arrangement, while the UMass Lowell and UMass Dartmouth deals have been extended for five years.
The Navitas at UMass schools offer pathway programmes in a range of disciplines, providing progression onto the second year of degrees at the universities.
Meanwhile, Navitas recently announced a 14 per cent increase in total group revenue to AUS$480.5 million (US$367.5 million) for the six months to December 2014, with student enrolment increases reported across all divisions of the company.
In a separate release, Navitas announced a nine per cent increase in student enrolments for the first semester of 2015 for its Northern Hemisphere university programmes. The majority of the growth came from colleges in the US, with a 15 per cent rise compared to the same period in 2014. Enrolments at UK colleges rose by only one per cent.
Rod Jones, CEO of Navitas, said, “Growth across the Northern Hemisphere region has been somewhat tempered by moderating enrolments in the UK, but fundamentally interest in studying in the key destination countries of Canada, the US and the UK remains strong.”
It is with regret that we announce the passing of Peter Fabian, former Principal and Owner of the London School of English (LSE) in the UK, at the age of 95. Peter acquired the school in 1960 and was Principal until the late 1980s and Owner until final retirement in 1997. He attended LSE’s centenary celebrations in 2012. “He was a maverick, a visionary, a bit eccentric, passionate,” said Timothy Blake, current Chief Executive of the school. “Long before they became the norm, we prioritised oral skills and the use of everyday language and situations. He was a strong believer in the importance of learning by doing, and indeed certain activities deliberately removed the teacher altogether, since Peter believed that students could quite often learn better without one.” He added, “We honour his memory and take inspiration from his life and work.”
Qatar Airways will increase its services to cities in South Africa from October. Flights on its Doha, Qatar, to Cape Town, South Africa, route will go up from five times per week to daily. From December, flights from Doha to Johannesburg will increase to twice daily, and the airline will also introduce a new route from Doha to the South African city of Durban, with a stop in Johannesburg. The new service will fly four-times weekly, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, said, “Durban is an important gateway into South Africa and we are very confident that this route will be warmly welcomed like all our other routes in the African continent.” Qatar Airways will also up its capacity on its Doha to Miami, US, route in November, from five-times weekly to daily.
Garuda, the flag carrier airline of Indonesia, plans to increase its Jakarta, Indonesia Amsterdam, The Netherlands London, UK, route to daily by the end of 2015. The service is currently four times weekly and the long-term view is for an eventual direct flight between Jakarta and London. Garuda’s CEO, Arif Wibowo, told Business Traveller, “Our aim in Europe has to be non-stop flights from Jakarta to all the major points in Europe. To start with it is only Amsterdam, but London is a crucial market and a part of our long-term strategy.” He added that there are around 150,000 passengers from the UK who fly to Indonesia each year.
Bmi Regional will launch three new routes from Bristol, UK, this summer to key seasonal destinations in Europe. Flights to Paris, France, which will operate 11-times per week, and Dusseldorf, Germany, flying six-times weekly, took off last month. From July, a service will commence twice weekly to Nantes, France, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Ryanair has announced its winter 2015 schedules from London Stansted, UK, and Cologne, Germany. From London Stansted, there will be two new routes to Castellon, Spain, and Ponta Delgada, Portugal, and extra flights to 23 cities across Europe including: Berlin, Germany, four-times daily; Milan, Italy, five-times daily; and Warsaw, Poland, four-times daily. From Cologne, there will be seven new routes: Berlin, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; Gran Canaria and Valencia, Spain; Milan, Italy; Porto, Portugal; and Warsaw, Poland. Also from Cologne there will be extra flights across Europe, including 17 flights per week to London.
In other Ryanair news, the airline is to open a new base in Berlin from October this year, offering 16 new routes across Europe and 191 weekly flights in total. Some of the new destinations include: Barcelona and Malaga, Spain; Bratislava, Slovakia; Glasgow, UK; and Riga, Latvia. “Germany is a significant growth market for Ryanair,” said Chief Marketing Officer, Kenny Jacobs.
Eurowings, the new low-cost carrier from German airline Lufthansa, will start flying long-haul from October this year. Flying out from Cologne, the first long-haul destinations are: Dubai, UAE; Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Varadero, Cuba. The fares are in three tiers with the cheapest one-way ticket costing €199.99 (US$107.37). Eurowings will also open its first base outside of Germany in Vienna, Austria later this year offering point-to-point connections across Europe.
Turkish Airlines has launched direct services from Istanbul, Turkey, to San Francisco, US, and Montreal, Canada. The flight to San Francisco operates five times per week and is Turkish Airlines’ seventh US route after Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC. The service to Montreal is Turkish Airlines’ second to Canada, after Toronto, and operates three times per week.
Thai Airways will cut its flight frequency to London Heathrow and Frankfurt, Germany, this summer in a cost-cutting exercise after the airline experienced losses in previous years. Flights from the Thai capital of Bangkok to the two European cities will now operate daily, rather than twice-daily. The airline has faced competition in recent years from Gulf carriers and plans to streamline its services in order to reach a higher percentage of seats filled on its flights.
Language school association English UK has announced the dates of its China Roadshow 2015, with member schools meeting agents in the Chinese cities of Beijing, Wuhan and Shanghai. Now in its sixth year, the China Roadshow attracted 400 agents across the four cities in 2014, English UK said. The event will run from October 18-23 and will include market briefings, seminar programmes and networking opportunities. See www.englishuk.com for more information on the association and its scheduled events.
The World Youth Student and Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation has announced the inaugural WYSE Exchange Asia event in partnership with ITB Asia. Scheduled to take place in Singapore from October 21-22, the event will include timed business appointments between “sellers” and “buyers”, educational clinics and networking opportunities. See www.wysetc.org for more information on WYSE TC and its events.
Meanwhile, WYSE TC has also announced a partnership with Emirates Airline to offer hosted flights for the buyer/agent programme at the annual World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC), taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, from September 22-25. Following the first hosted buyer programme at last year’s event, WYSE Travel Confederation is once again offering a package of return economy airfares, accommodation and event passes for eligible agents. Details on the buyer programme are at www.wystc.org/buyers.
Languages Canada, the school association representing the country’s English and French language programmes, has announced a schedule of recruitment and offshore trade missions for the year ahead. LC will host a forum in Brazil is September (date to be confirmed); a bundled mission to Turkey and the Middle East (November 9-12); missions to China and Vietnam (November 22-27); and a mission to Mexico City and Monterrey in Mexico in February 2016 (dates to be confirmed). The events are designed to allow member schools to enhance recruitment opportunities, meet agents, configure market intelligence planning and promote offshore initiatives.
The association will also be hosting a series of fam tours for agents this month in British Columbia (May 6-9), Quebec (May 6-9) and Ontario (May 13-16). See www.languagescanada.ca for further details of the association and its activities.
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