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LTM Star Awards 2009

Many eminent educators and agencies were at this year’s LTM Star Awards bash. As an industry highlight it’s one not to miss. Good food, fine wine and a band called Car Wash made the night truly memorable for attendees. Nicola Hancox reports on how the evening progressed for those who couldn’t be there.

Few events create the kind of buzz the LTM Star Awards does and on September 5th, 670 attendees gathered at the Hilton Park Lane, London to watch 118 nominees go head-to-head for the fourth year running.

With the tension palpable, Scott Wade, Director of Hothouse Media, kicked off the proceedings by inviting Beatriz Carbonell from Spanish agency, BCNGROUPS – winner of the annual LTM prize draw – up on stage. Having won return airfares for two people, four nights’ accommodation, two tickets to the LTM Star Awards and Gala Dinner and two tickets for a Champagne Flight on the London Eye, Carbonell said, “Winning the trip to London was a surprise. I had voted because I was really happy with a particular school and wanted this to be reflected somehow, but I hadn’t read there was a draw, especially because I never win anything! But going to London hasn’t only been about visiting the city and enjoying it (the champagne flight was amazing!). Being in London allowed me to know Alphe, its great organisation and all the dedicated staff who work to make it possible.”

Amy Baker, Editor of Language Travel Magazine, reprised her role as glamorous compère by announcing the first award of the evening – LTM Star Italian Language School. With Dilit – IH, Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci Florence, Linguaviva, Babilonia, International House Milan and Torre di Babele all in the running, it was revealed Linguaviva had clinched it. Giorgia Biccelli, Director of the school, collected the award to rapturous applause and gave a few words of thanks.

The next award up for grabs was the LTM Star Agency – Latin America, sponsored by school association, English Australia. Some familiar names were announced in the nominee role call including Universo Educativo in Mexico (last year’s winner). And it was indeed the Mexican agency that pipped fellow contenders to the post. Han Steen, Director of the agency, and his wife, Susana Paz, bounded onto the stage to accept the award, thanking all their partners for making them a second time winner.

The third category was LTM Star English Language School Southern Hemisphere (sponsored by Alenea), with schools from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa all represented. However, English Language Company in Australia beat Good Hope Studies in South Africa, Langports English Language College in Australia, Languages International in New Zealand, Cape Studies in South Africa and Academic Colleges Group in New Zealand to be crowned winner for a second time, and reclaiming the title from a New Zealand school.

Lyn Scott, Director of the school, said that the award made the perfect birthday present, to which whoops and cheers erupted from the audience – although a rendition of Happy Birthday never quite made it off the ground!

After reading out the shortlisters for LTM Star Agency Western Europe – habitually dominated by the Swiss – Amy Baker invited the ceremony’s main sponsor, University of Essex – International Academy, up on stage to announce the winner. Stuart Bannerman, Director of the International Academy, delivered a brief speech before revealing that Boa Lingua in Switzerland had won for a third year in a row, leaving ESL Switzerland, Cosmolingua in Switzerland, SI Study International in Sweden and Cactus in the UK disappointed. A delighted Kurt Krummenacher, Managing Director of the agency, collected the award, admitting the secret to success was simply honesty and hard work.

The LTM Star Agency Association category looks to reward those who help raise the bar in terms of quality standards, ultimately strengthening ties between agencies and schools. This year saw Salta in Switzerland, Belta in Brazil, Ialca in Italy, Aseproce in Spain and Tieca in Thailand go head to head. Having lost out to the Thai group in 2008, it was the Brazilian contingent that clinched the accolade again for 2009.

Unfortunately, a Belta representative was not present at the ceremony but a very grateful Mariglan Gabarra, Executive Director of the association, sent a message of thanks. “We are extremely honoured to win this prize for the third time. We would like to thank all the schools that voted for us, as well as our staff for their contribution to keep our association the best in the world,” she wrote. “It is truly a great motivation to keep on working harder and better. The award belongs to all Belta members, as their efforts to follow standards of excellence have created the recognition we see today.”

Next it was the hotly contested LTM Star Spanish Language School category. Nerves abounded in the Spanish camp comprising of Babylon Idiomas, Clic – IH, Escuela de Idiomas Nerja and Malaca Instituto in Spain and fresh South American entrants, Montañita Spanish School in Ecuador and Academia Columbus in Mexico, Coast Rica and Ecuador. But it was the flamboyant Ida Willadsen from Malaca Instituto in Spain who emerged triumphant. Sporting possibly the most vibrant outfit of the evening (a beautiful red and black polka dot flamenco dress) Willadsen glided onto the stage to thank staff old and new for making it all possible.

Insurance is an important part of the booking process and many of those shortlisted in the LTM Star Insurance Provider category work to provide 24-hour care and advice to study abroad students. Some new names were among those shortlisted this year including VSK Insurance House in Russia and UniCare in New Zealand. However, they joined well seasoned nominees – and tough competition – Student Guard in Canada, AVI International in France and Endsleigh Insurance in the UK. And the winner was…Student Guard in Canada! A thrilled Keith Segal ran up on stage to collect the award.
Sponsored by Cactus, the LTM Star Innovation of the Year award looks to commend educators for inventive programming. Twin Group’s Career Development Programme, EC Malta’s Freestyle Programme, Thompson Rivers University Fast Track 24-hour Admissions Process, Home Languages’ Farmstay Programme and Mountlands Language School’s Witches and Wizards Course are all testament to just how creative providers can be with their offerings. This year, the award went to EC for its Freestyle Programme in Malta that is predominantly aimed at the teenage market and aims to offer flexible bespoke programming. Andrew Mangion, EC’s Chief Executive, was present to collect the award and he exclaimed that it was more than just innovation that led to the win!

The next winner to be revealed delivered possibly the most emotional acceptance speech of the evening. French in Normandy scooped the prize for LTM Star French Language School for the second time, beating off fellow contenders, France Langue, Institut Linguistique Adenet, Accord and Elit Group St Denis (St Denis European School). An overwhelmed Eleri Maitland joined husband, Tom Maitland, on stage to reaffirm just how much it means to win such a coveted award.

iAE Edunet in Korea was recognised as LTM Star Agency Asia ahead of Ryugaku Journal in Japan, EDM Education (LondonUhak) in Korea, GIO Club in Japan and Let’s Uhak in Korea. IAE representatives, Tony Kim and David Anthonisz, jointly accepted the award. Anthonsiz – wearing a fetching polka dot bow tie – recounted the first time he started working with the agency. After getting acquainted with whom he thought was the renowned OJ Kim, founding member of the agency, he realised he was sitting in the wrong office with the wrong Mr Kim!

Next up on the starting block was LTM Star German Language School, with GLS Sprachenzentrum, BWS Germanlingua, Humboldt Institut, did deutsch-institut and Carl Duisberg Centren all vying for a win. This year saw did deutsch-institut return to form. Patrick Semidei dedicated the win to his late father, Pierre Semidei, who sadly passed away earlier this year. He added that he would have been exceptionally proud to have won again.

It was a first time win for American agency, AmeriSpan Study Abroad. Walking away with the prize for LTM Star agency North America (sponsored by Home Language International) they were nominated alongside The Learning Traveller in Canada, Lingua Service Worldwide in the USA, NRCSA in the USA and JP Canada.com in Canada. Beth Lieberman, Vice President of the agency, passed on her thanks to partner schools across the globe. “Without the confidence and collaboration of our varied worldwide partner schools, we would not be a recipient of this award, let alone a nominee. Thank you for your support and for providing the highest quality of immersion and study abroad programs to our valued clientele,” she wrote in a statement that was read out.

The big guns of the industry were up next competing for the LTM Star Chain School award – sponsored by Global Visions in Turkey. Fingernails were worn down to the quick as the shortlisters were read out; Kaplan Aspect, Embassy CES, St Giles, Navitas and Zoni Language Centers. A big cheer erupted when Embassy CES was the name pulled out of the silver envelope. A dumbfounded Johnny Peters collected the award on behalf of the chain, admitting that he hadn’t rehearsed a speech!

Work & travel is an emerging market and thus providers who operate within this sector deserve as much recognition as their language providing counterparts. Gearing up for a win in the LTM Star Work Experience Provider category this year was Tamwood International College in Canada, Twin Group in the UK (both nominated in two categories this year), English Bay College in Canada, Oneco – the training agency in Spain and Professionals UK. But it was Twin Group that reined supreme, collecting the award en masse for a second time. Caroline Fox, Co-Director with twin sister, Jacqui, dedicated the award to women in business.

Sponsored by Navitas, the LTM Star New Agency award encourages educators to vote for fledgling companies who have been in operation for three years or less. And what better place to be welcomed into the fold than at the LTM Star Awards! Nominees included GoLearnTo.com in the UK, Dr Bubo in Slovakia, Travel Solutions Poland, Stein Study Abroad in Ireland, Language Collection in Russia and Agence Babel in Switzerland. “I really don’t know what to say!” said a speechless Wojciech Lapacz, General Manager of Travel Solutions Poland, and winner of the coveted star, as he made his way to the stage in a state of astonishment. His exhilaration and shock at winning drew smiles from the crowd.

Next, the popular association, Ialc, beat off fellow associations, Languages Canada, Quality English, MEI in Ireland, English Australia and English UK to secure the title of LTM Star School Association (sponsored by ILAC – International Language Academy of Canada). Jan Capper and Walter Denz took to the stage to revel in their third successive win, amid applause from loyal Ialc schools in the crowd.

There was some interesting diversification in the LTM Star High School category this year with a couple of veteran high school stars noticeably absent. As the new kids on the block, Abbey College in the UK and Nova Scotia High School District in Canada joined Bodwell High School in Canada, St Clare’s Oxford in the UK, Langley School District #35 in Canada and Millfield School in the UK. And this year the award went to… Abbey College. Mehran Noor, who was in attendance, said there was nothing like a healthy bit of competition!

Canadian providers dominated the shortlist in the LTM Star English Language School North America category – and the trend didn’t just end there, with Canadian university, Thompson Rivers, sponsoring the award also. iTTTi Vancouver, ILAC – International Language Academy of Canada, Hansa Language Centre, Tamwood International College, ILSC (International Language Schools of Canada) and King George International College were all in contention this year but it was perhaps the noisiest table of the night that stormed to victory! Jonathan Kolber and his team happily accepted the award, acknowledging what an honour it was to be nominated among all Canadian providers.

Just one new category made an awards debut this year, LTM Star Agency Middle East & Africa, sponsored by English UK North. Introduced to acknowledge the hard work of agents in these burgeoning markets, the nominees included Lingualink in Israel, Educom in Lebanon, Al Ahlam Training Services in Oman, Almajd Center of Education in Israel and International Group for Education Consultants (IGEC) in Saudi Arabia. As each nominee was announced there was much support from the crowd but it was a very humbled Anita Siegel, Director of Lingualink in Israel, who came up to collect the award.

The LTM Star English Language School Europe award generates a lot of interest year in, year out and 2009 was by no means an exception. However, 2009’s final shortlist included a lot of new faces including EAC Edinburgh in the UK, Atlantic Language Galway in Ireland, Studio School of English in the UK, British Study Centres in the UK and Beet Language Centre in the UK. Only the Centre of English Studies was nominated for a third time. The atmosphere was tense as nominees were left in anticipation of the winner, which was… Atlantic Language Galway! A jubilant Aoife Mulvihill joined Amy Baker on stage and was almost talked into performing an impromptu Irish jig in celebration! She delivered an accomplished thank you speech and then conceded that Stuart Bannerman and Hothouse Media’s, Scott Wade would be joining her in a river dance special on the dance floor a bit later! (Photos available on request.)

The penultimate award couldn’t have had a more exciting twist. With six nominees in the running, the stakes were upped when it was announced there was a joint winner! Mandarin House in China and Liden & Denz Language Centre in Russia – both Ialc members – usurped the Japanese contingent to become joint winners of the prize. Jasmine Bian and Walter Denz (the only delegate to have graced the stage twice in one evening!) were content to share the title LTM Star “Other” Language Provider 2009, which was sponsored by ESL – Language Studies Abroad.

And last but by no means least came LTM Star Agency Eastern Europe – sponsored by Wimbledon School of English in the UK. There was some hot competition in this relatively new category, including Intact and Student Agency in the Czech Republic, Students International in Russia, Global Visions in Turkey and last year’s winner, DEC Educational Consultancy in the Ukraine. But tonight saw a new winner steal the title and that was…Students International in Russia. Director, Oleg Stepanenko, was on hand to give an amusing acceptance speech that ended the awards ceremony perfectly.

Stephen Roberts, Hothouse Media Co-Director, gave a few final words thanking various sponsors, attendees and HhM staff for making the event what it is – the hottest ticket in town. And with the evening by no means over – there was a lot of dancing to be done – funky live band, Car Wash, took to the stage and really got the crowd going. NB: bigger dance floor needed next year!

The full list of winners

LTM Star Innovation of the Year
EC, Malta - Freestyle programme

LTM Star Chain School
Embassy CES

LTM Star High School
Abbey College, UK

LTM Star Spanish Language School
Malaca Instituto, Spain

LTM Star French Language School
French in Normandy, France 
LTM Star German Language School
did deutsch-institut, Germany

LTM Star English Language School Europe
Atlantic Language Galway, Ireland

LTM Star English Language School Southern Hemisphere
English Language Company, Australia

LTM Star English Language School North America
ILAC, Canada
LTM Star Italian Language School
Linguaviva, Italy 
LTM Star Insurance Provider
Student Guard, Canada

LTM Star Agency Asia
iAE Edunet, Korea
LTM Star Agency Western Europe
Boa Lingua, Switzerland

LTM Star “Other” Language Provider
Mandarin House, China and
Liden & Denz Language Centre, Russia

LTM Star Agency Eastern Europe
Students International, Russia
LTM Star Agency Latin America
Universo Educativo, Mexico
LTM Star Agency North America
Amerispan, USA 

LTM Star New Agency 
Travel Solutions Poland, Poland
LTM Star Agency Association
Belta - Brazil  

LTM Star Agency Middle East & Africa
Lingualink, Israel

LTM Star School Association
IALC, international
LTM Star Work Experience Provider
Twin Group, UK

Winner profiles

LTM Star English Language School Europe
“We are all over the moon and delighted and honoured to win this industry award. It’s fantastic for us and for Galway – a small city located right on the west coast of Ireland. Atlantic Language Galway is very happy with our strong partnerships across the globe and looks forward to maintaining these as well as warmly welcoming new partners who come our way. Thank you very much to Hothouse Media for organising this annual event and thanks to all our partners who passed on their congratulations and very kind words. It gives us all a great boost and a nice start to 2010.”
Aoife Mulvihill, Atlantic Language Galway, Ireland

Other nominees in this category were: EAC Edinburgh, UK; Centre of English Studies, UK and Ireland; Studio School of English, UK; British Study Centres, UK; Beet Language Centre, UK

LTM Star Agency Asia
“Firstly, the directors and staff of iAE Edu Net and iAE Global would like to express our very sincere thanks to all our valued partners for their support and confidence in voting for us. Since its establishment in 1992 by OJ Kim, iAE has gone from a single office in Seoul to an expansive and growing network of offices in 16 countries which has recruited more than 60,000 students since 2007.  We feel humbled and honoured by the recognition of our efforts at the LTM Star Awards. iAE Global is totally focused on translating this success for our flagship network in Korea into similar success for our other country partners.”
David Anthonisz, iAE Edu Net, Korea

Other nominees in this category were: Ryugaku Journal, Japan; EDM Education (LondonUhak), Korea; GIO Club, Japan; Let’s Uhak, Korea.
Sponsor: Twin Group, UK

LTM Star Work Experience Provider
“Fab event, great food, organisation and a wonderful evening for all those involved in our industry to celebrate our success, well done!”
Caroline Fox, Twin Group, UK

Other nominees in this category were: Tamwood International College, Canada; English Bay College, Canada; Oneco - the training agency, Spain; Professionals UK, UK. Sponsor: NSTS, Malta  

LTM Star Innovation of the Year
“The team at EC works tirelessly and passionately to be stars for their clients every single day. Following 4 nominations over the last three years and an award this year, I feel that our clients are sending a clear message to us and we will continue to do our best to go the extra mile. Thanks to all at LTM for a fabulous and electric evening.”
Andrew Mangion, EC English Centres, Malta

Other nominees in this category were: Twin Group, UK - Career Development Programme; Thompson Rivers University, Canada - Fast track 48 hours admissions process; Home Language International - Farmstay Programme; Mountlands Language School, UK - Witches and Wizards Course.
Sponsor: Cactus

LTM Star Chain School
“Embassy CES is delighted to have won the LTM Star Award for Chain Language School 2009. This award reflects the high esteem in which Embassy is held by our global partner agents; in fact this is the third consecutive year that Embassy has won an LTM Star Award. We would like to thank all of our partner agents who voted for us and assure them that we shall continue our investment in technology solutions, both in the classroom and to support the way we work together in the years ahead.”
Lucy Greaves, Embassy CES, UK

Other nominees in this category were: Kaplan Aspect; St Giles; Navitas; Zoni Language Centers.
Sponsor: Global Visions, Turkey

LTM Star English Language School Southern Hemisphere
“It is great to win for the second time as it shows that the first LTM Star Award we won in 2007 was not a one-off or a fluke. We have introduced a lot of innovations in the past 12 months and I believe these have resulted in agents voting for us for another award. The LTM awards certainly help us with marketing brand recognition.”
David Scott, English Language Company, Australia

Other nominees in this category were: Good Hope Studies, South Africa; Cape Studies, South Africa; Languages International, New Zealand; Langports English Language College, Australia; Academic Colleges Group, New Zealand.
Sponsor: Alenea Consulting

LTM Star “Other” Language Provider

“The awards mean first of all that we meet the high expectations of our agents – this is extremely motivating for every single staff member involved in our operations. The event itself is hard to top. First class venue, very good food, a lot of excitement and our whole industry beautifully dressed up. An evening to remember.”
Walter Denz, Liden & Denz Language Centre, Russia

“Mandarin House is very proud to have won the star award for the Other Language Provider category. We, at Mandarin House, are all about building strong relationships with high quality partner agencies. We are going to continue to work hard and provide professional service to both our partners and students from all over the world. Mandarin House welcomes you to China.”
Jasmine Bian, Mandarin House, China

Other nominees in this category were: Kudan Institute of Language & Culture, Japan; Kai Japanese Language School, Japan; Genki Japanese and Culture School, Japan; ISI Language School, Japan
Sponsor: ESL - Language Studies Abroad

LTM Star Agency Eastern Europe
“When the staff in the Students International Moscow office were told that the company won the nomination, the Monday morning, traditionally quiet after the weekend, turned out to be noisy, emotional and happy! We called all our offices and representatives in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan in order to congratulate them in person and of course, threw a champagne party in the office. Once more we’d like to thank all educational providers who voted for us! We are very proud of being the LTM Star Agency Eastern Europe!”
Sergey Kuzmintsev, Students International, Russia

Other nominees in this category were: DEC Educational Consultancy, Ukraine; Intact, Czech Republic; Student Agency, Czech Republic; Students International, Russia; Global Visions, Turkey
Sponsor: Wimbledon School of English, UK

LTM Star Italian Language School
“We are proud and honoured to have received the LTM Star Award this year. It is our second time and we are even more thrilled than the first time! The LTM Star award is more appreciated and cherished in globally challenging times. It is a precious acknowledgment of the daily work of all our staff to deliver good services to our partners and our students. We shall always do our best to deliver a fast, flexible and efficient service to our partners and make sure that our students will have a unique learning experience at Linguaviva schools.”
Giorgia Biccelli, Linguadue, Italy

Other nominees in this category were: Dilit-IH, Italy; Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci Florence, Italy; Babilonia, Italy; International House Milano, Italy; Torre di Babele, Italy

LTM Star Agency Association
“It is with great honour that we receive the prize as the star agent’s association in the world. This prize goes to our hardworking staff and the association members, who struggle daily to provide services and international programmes following principles of ethics and reliability, key principles for a successful business in a growing market, as the Brazilian one.”
Maura Leão, Belta, Brazil

Other nominees in this category were: Salta, Switzerland; Ialca, Italy; Aseproce, Spain; Tieca, Thailand
Sponsor: University of the Arts, London

LTM Star Agency North America
“All of us here at AmeriSpan are thrilled and honoured to be the recipient of the 2009 LTM Star Award as Star Agency North America. This award is a wonderful reflection of the confidence our partner schools have in us along with the dedication, passion and hard work of the entire AmeriSpan staff.”
Beth Lieberman, AmeriSpan Study Abroad, USA

Other nominees in this category were: The Learning Traveller, Canada; Lingua Service Worldwide, USA; NRCSA, USA; JP Canada.com, Canada.
Sponsor: Home Languages International 

LTM Star French Language School
“My feeling is that when we presented the award to our staff it was more than just about French In Normandy as a school and the quality of Rouen as a key destination for those wishing to learn French – even less about votes. The star was symbolic of the building of lasting relationships with others that is so particular to our industry. Both inside the school and outside via all the people all over the world who help, encourage and contribute so much to every school in so many ways.”
Eleri Maitland, French in Normandy, France

Other nominees in this category were: France Langue, France; Institut Linguistique Adenet, France; Accord, France; Elit Groupe St Denis (St Denis European School), France.
Sponsor: ESL - Ecole Suisse de Langues

LTM Star High School
“The Abbey College, Malvern, was thrilled to be named LTM Star High School. There can be no better accolade for the hard work of the Abbey team than the recognition by our representatives and overseas partners that the college is a ‘star’ destination for international students. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for us.”
Mehran Noor, Abbey College, UK

Other nominees in this category were: St Clare’s Oxford, UK; Millfield School, UK; Bodwell High School, Canada; Langley School District #35, Canada; Nova Scotia High School District, Canada

LTM Star Agency Western Europe
“It is great to see that our partner schools like the way we work with them and honoured it by giving us their votes and it is absolutely fantastic to see all the positive reactions from schools from all over the world. It feels great to see the hard work of the entire team to be rewarded again, for the third time in a row.”
Kurt Krummenacher, Boa Lingua, Switzerland

Other nominees in this category were: Cosmolingua, Switzerland; SI Study International, Sweden; ESL - Language Studies Abroad, Switzerland; Boa Lingua, Switzerland; Cactus, UK.
Sponsor: University of Essex - International Academy

LTM Star German Language School
“Having won three Star Awards in only four years makes us feel extremely honoured and is – by far – the best birthday present you could have made us for our upcoming jubilee: our 40th company anniversary that we will celebrate in 2010! Many of you have considerably contributed to the success of did deutsch-institut. Our success is your success – no matter whether you have been our partner since 1970 or have started working with us in these last years only. Together we have been successful and together we will continue being successful in the future.”
Patrick Semidei, did deutsch-institut, Germany

Other nominees in this category were: GLS Sprachenzentrum, Germany; BWS Germanlingua, Germany; Humboldt Institut, Germany; Carl Duisberg Centren, Germany

LTM Star Insurance provider
“We are very honoured to receive the LTM Star Insurance Provider Award for a third time. Our philosophy has always been to provide the very best quality products and services that we can. Thanks to our talented and dedicated staff we are able to achieve these goals and we will continue to strive to exceed the expectations of our clients. Under our new brand, Guard.me, we are dedicated to the continued delivery of the highest quality service and products to satisfy the international education industry.”
Keith Segal, Student Guard, Canada

Other nominees in this category were: AVI International, France; Endsleigh Insurance Services, UK; VSK Insurance House, Russia; UniCare, New Zealand.
Sponsor: IH World Organisation

LTM Star Spanish Language School
“This was just what we needed after our long, hot summer. This kind of recognition from our agent partners is a fantastic tribute to all our staff who help to create the atmosphere, service and academic excellence which evidently results in customer satisfaction. A big thank you to everyone involved both on our side, the agents and, of course, Hothouse Media.”
Ida Willadsen, Malaca Instituto, Spain

Other nominees in this category were: Babylon Idiomas, Spain; Academia Columbus, Mexico/Costa Rica/Ecuador; Clic-IH, Spain; Montañita Spanish School, Ecuador; Escuela de Idiomas Nerja, Spain

LTM Star Agency Latin America
“Winning the trust of our educational partners for a second year in a row helps Universo Educativo continue to establish greater credibility with Mexicans pursuing studies abroad.”
Han Steen, Universo Educativo, Mexico

Other nominees in this category were: Experimento, Brazil; Central de Intercambio (CI), Brazil; STB, Brazil; Teducamos, Colombia.
Sponsor: English Australia

LTM Star New Agency
“I feel really honoured to represent the LTM Star New Agency 2009. The nomination in itself was a big surprise, and the moment I heard Amy saying “and the winner is... Travel Solutions Poland” – was one of the best moments of my whole entire life. My friends and colleagues say that I always know what to say and have got many things to tell everybody. Being on stage in front of industry colleagues proved that they were wrong. I really had no idea what to say. So I would like to thank all our partner schools for their votes again and again – and for a belief that our ideas don’t follow the trends but rather try to create them.
”Wojciech Lapacz, Travel Solutions Poland, Poland

Other nominees in this category were: GoLearnTo.com, UK; Dr. Bubo, Slovakia; Stein Study Abroad, Ireland; Language Collection, Russia; Agence Babel, Switzerland. Sponsor: Navitas 

LTM Star School Association
“Winning the 2009 Star Award has been the highlight of our year, because the votes come from agents, who know our member schools’ service better than anyone.”
Jan Capper, Ialc, International

Other nominees in this category were: Languages Canada, Canada; Quality English, International; MEI, Ireland; English Australia, Australia; Ialc, International; English UK, UK. Sponsor: ILAC, Canada

LTM Star English Language School - North America
“We are very honoured to have won the LTM Star English Language School North America 2009 Award and would like to give our sincere thanks to all of those who voted for us! Winning the award means that we have satisfied our clients and their customers in many
parts of the world. We would like to congratulate all the nominees
in our category and thank all our staff for their commitment and
dedication. Go Canada go!”
Magda Link, International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC), Canada

Other nominees in this category were: iTTTi Vancouver, Canada; Hansa Language Centre, Canada; Tamwood International College, Canada; ILSC, Canada; King George International College, Canada
Sponsor: Thompson Rivers University, Canada

LTM Star Agency Middle East & Africa
“Winning the Star Award Agency Middle East & Africa came to me above all as a total surprise. At first, it was a shock to hear that Lingualink actually won the award. Slowly, it started to sink in what an amazing gift the award is. The award is above all something to show old and new clients that Lingualink received official acknowledgement from around the world for its services. The award is also like an energizer to try even harder. For Lingualink, it comes after years of very hard and dedicated work. I would like to thank all the schools who voted for Lingualink. Thank you for you support and encouragement.”
Anita Siegel, Lingualink, Israel

Other nominees in this category were: Educom, Lebanon; Al Ahlam Training Services, Oman; Almajd; Center of Education, Israel; International Group for Education Consultants (IGEC), Saudi Arabia
Sponsor: English UK North

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International House
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MEI Ireland  
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English School of
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ILSC - International
      Language Schools
       of Canada  
ITTTI Vancouver  
Languages Canada /
      Langues Canada  
Language Studies
National School of
Ottawa International
      Student Programmes
Public Schools of
       the Canadian
Richmond School
      District #38  
Rocky Mountain
      School District  
Saint Mary's
Southeast Kootenay
      School District No. 5  
Stewart College
      of Languages  
Student Guard
University of Toronto
University of Victoria
VanWest College  

Mandarin House  

IH Cairo  

      (England, Ireland,
      USA, Cyprus,
Ardmore Language
Bell International  
      (Malta, UK)
British Council  
Bury Language
Camp Beaumont  
English Language
      Centre Brighton &
English Studio  
GEM Placements  
Harrow House
IALC International  
International House
      World Organisation  
Isis Group/
Kaplan Aspect  
      (Australia, Canada,
      Ireland,Malta, New
      Zealand, South
      Africa, UK, USA)
LAL Language and
      (Canada, Cyprus,
      Ireland, England,
      South Africa, Spain,
      Switzerland, USA)
LITE - London
      Institute Of
      Technology And
Malvern House
      College London  
      (Canada, Ireland,
      Italy, Malta, UK,
Professionals UK
Quality English
Queen Ethelburga's
Spinnaker College
St Giles Colleges 
      (Canada, UK, USA) 
Study Group 
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, New Zealand,
      South Africa, Spain,
Training Partnership
      Ltd. (The)  
Twin Group 
      (Ireland, England,
University of Essex -

BWS Germanlingua 
Carl Duisberg
      Medien GmbH  
      (England, Germany)
inlingua Berlin  
International House
      Berlin - Prolog  

Atlantic Language
Galway Cultural
MEI Ireland  

      International House  

Kai Japanese
      Language School  
      Language School  

      Language School  
Easy School of
EC English
      Language Centre 
       (England, Malta,
      South Africa, USA)
Feltom Malta  
Malta Tourism

CIAL - Centro de

EAC Language
      Centres and Activity  
      (England, Ireland,
      Scotland, Wales)

Language Teaching

Pamplona Learning
      Spanish Institute  
Malaga Si  
International House -
      Riviera Maya
      (Spain, Mexico)  

Boa Lingua  
EF Language
      Colleges Ltd  
      (Australia, Canada,
      China, Costa Rica,
      Ecuador, England,
      France, Germany,
      Italy, Malta, New
      Zealand, Singapore,
      South Africa, Spain,
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Italy,
      Japan, New Zealand,
      Russia, Spain,
      Switzerland, USA) 

Access to
      Language Studies  
California State
      University San
Geos North America
Global Immersions
IH New York  
Inlingua Language
NYC Language
University of
      California Riverside
University of
      California San Diego
Zoni Language