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LTM Star Awards 2010

The fifth annual LTM Star Awards took place in September and proved to be a highlight of the industry year, with emotion, surprise and recognition for some of the star global players in the study abroad business.

Some familiar but mainly first-time winners graced the stage this year at the fifth annual LTM Star Awards, which took place at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel in London. An impressive venue in the heart of London and 750 attendees decked out in their finest attire ensured that an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement built up as attendees joined industry friends and acquaintances and enjoyed a sumptuous meal that confirmed the flagship Hilton hotel’s five-star reputation for dining.

This year, for the first time, Alphe Conferences had organised an exclusive Directors’ Club for business owners, and members met for drinks in a separate room, with views across Park Lane to Hyde Park, before the dinner began.
As the meal drew to a close, Hothouse Media Director, Scott Wade, took to the stage to kickstart proceedings. He mentioned that as well as nearly all of the nominees in the room among the packed audience, there were also representatives from all of the agency associations that make up Felca and Gaela; both groups had held meetings the previous day. Indeed, it was a Who’s Who of the study abroad industry amassed in central London.

LTM’s Editor, Amy Baker, again had the job of revealing the 2010 winners, and she started proceedings with a new category for this year; LTM Star Junior Course for under-18s. Sponsored by ESL - Ecole Suisse de Langues, this new award is open to any educator around the world offering language programmes for the junior sector, and the nominees this year were mostly from the UK: EAC, British Study Centres, Twin Group, Stafford House Study Holidays and EC, which operates junior programmes globally.

The first winner of the night was EAC, a company that operates summer schools throughout the country as well as year-round language schools. Acquired last year by TUI Education, a division of TUI PLC, the travel, leisure and activity conglomerate, EAC’s Directors, Andrew Fisher, Richie Morgan and Stuart Young, bounded on stage to collect the award. Andrew Fisher later said he had not quite realised that this category was first up – so the announcement was a real surprise to him! “This [award] is the culmination of the work of so many people involved with EAC over the last 10 years; the hard work of agents and staff over the last 10 years to develop and sell products and make us successful,” he said. “It gives us so much pleasure that our hard work has been recognised.”

The Italian market was the next under the spotlight and Linguaviva; Dilit-IH in Rome; Scuola Leonardo da Vinci in Florence; Babilonia and Torre di Babele all made it onto the shortlist of nominees this year. And the winner was.... Linguaviva, which also incorporates the Linguadue brand. Unfortunately, Director, Giorgia Biccelli could not make the awards ceremony this year, but she sent a message to be read out on the school’s behalf in the event that they won, and nominated Walter Denz of school association Ialc to pick up the award.

Next up was the Navitas-sponsored award for agencies in Latin America – a very wide field of competition. However, only Mexican and Brazilian agencies made the shortlist and contender Mundo Joven Travel Shop was shortlisted for the first time this year. The winner was Brazilian, but it was a first-time win for Experimento! A clearly delighted Patricia Zocchio came on stage to accept the award and thanked all their school partners for their loyalty and support over the years. Overjoyed to win for the first time, the ladies revealed after the event that they were so pleased to be in London for the awards ceremony.

The Australian and New Zealand schools category were next up, with Australian schools dominating the shortlist in this category of LTM Star English Language School Southern Hemisphere. Languages International represented the Kiwis, alongside Browns English Language School, English Language Company, Shafston International College and Langports English Language College. Another first-time winner in this category was Browns English Language School, which has locations in Brisbane and Gold Coast on Australia’s east coast.

Brother and sister team, Richard and Niesha Brown run the company, and Richard Brown was there on the night to collect the award. “To win the LTM award meant so much to Niesha and myself,” says Richard. “It was a very special moment in the Browns company history and will be forever remembered as the night my sister and I were so pleased that we made the career change from boring banking and finance to the education industry.”

The LTM Star Agency Western Europe was next – one of the ‘big’ categories that receives thousands of votes each year. For 2010, there was a diverse range of agencies in the shortlist, rather than the Swiss supremacy that has previously been the case. (One company asked LTM if we can have a separate Swiss category for next year, as the competition is so strong!). The nominees were: ESL, BoaLingua, Direkt Sprachreisen in Germany, EMY Cursos in Spain and Cactus Languages in the UK. The winner was ESL - Language Studies Abroad in Switzerland – often shortlisted before, but never previously triumphant.

Krister Weidenhielm, Director of the company, came on stage to collect the award from Stuart Bannerman of the University of Essex, International Academy – one of the two main sponsors. When asked if he had expected to win, he replied “Of course!”. He later told LTM, “I was very proud to win the award as it directly reflects the high regard schools have for what we do and how we do it. Also and as important, I knew it would boost the team spirit within the company which I have to say is already fantastic but the award is a concrete achievement to enhance the camaraderie of all my colleagues.”

Another agency award followed; it was now the turn of agency associations around the world to receive praise for what they do. All of the nominated associations work on behalf of their membership to enhance the recognition and profile of professional education agencies in their country as well as to build business links. Sponsored by English Australia, the nominees in this category were: Aseproce in Spain, Belta in Brazil, Salta in Switzerland, Kosa in Korea and UED in Turkey. Spanish association Aseproce clinched this award for the first time, and President Juan Manuel Elizalde, who had just been sworn in as the new Felca President, was present to collect the trophy.

LTM Star Spanish Language School was the next category to be awarded and Clic-IH in Seville, Escuela de Idiomas Nerja, Malaca Instituto, Babylon Idiomas and Coined in Spain and Argentina were all nominated for the prize. For another year, Malaca Instituto in Malaga beat its competitors, and owner Ida Willadsen was again stylishly and traditionally dressed, with a long lace scarf worn as a headdress, as she went up on stage to collect the award – this time with her niece, also named Ida.

She paid tribute to all the other nominees and said that she was sure another well-deserving school would triumph in this category next year. Willadsen also used the opportunity to introduce her young niece to the crowd, who may follow her footsteps in running the business in due course.
Industry insurers were now sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to find out who had won this year’s award, sponsored by IH World, but it was Student Guard/Guard.me that cemented its reputation in this category. Keith Segal, company President, thanked his many customers sitting in the room.

The LTM Star Innovation award, sponsored by Twin Group, is for any type of language school; no matter what reach or size, a truly innovative product, idea or programme can win votes and send a school on to the shortlist. This year, another interesting range of ideas were included among the nominees: EC, for its 30+ programme; Mountlands Language School in the UK for English and kitesurfing; Tamwood International College in Canada for its Whistler Olympic Fun programme; CATS Cambridge for its Two Grades Higher/Oxford Prep programme and Embassy CES for its Partners agent website.

EC, which won last year for its Freestyle programme, won this category again, earning the language school chain a reputation for innovative thinking. Andrew Mangion, Catrin Diamantino and Michael Xuereb accepted the award on stage and Mangion said he hoped to be back on stage later in the evening to win one of the other two awards for which EC was shortlisted...

Following this came the turn of the French language schools – a category sponsored by ESL - Ecole Suisse de Langues – and it was an emotional win for the third consecutive year for French in Normandy in Rouen, run by husband-and-wife team, Eleri and Tom Maitland, beating competition from Accord, France Langue, Institut Linguistique Adenet, Centre International d’Antibes and Ecole Suisse de Langues. Many people in the audience knew that Tom had successfully battled cancer within the last year, and he had set himself a target of being back at Alphe UK this year. A very emotional and delighted couple made a touching speech while receiving huge applause from the crowd.

Sponsored by English UK in the North, LTM Star Agency Asia was next up. Consistently dominated by big names in Korea and Japan, this year was no exception, and from the shortlist of iAE Edu Net and EDM Education in Korea and Ryugaku Journal, Gio Club and Wintech in Japan, the winner was iAE Edu Net in Korea. David Anthonisz and Tony Kim from the London office of the Korean agency chain collected the award, and Anthonisz used his basic Korean to read out a message of thanks!

In the German school category, there were some formidable names in the shortlist, and this year, GLS Sprachenzentrum wrestled the award back from did deutsch-institut, who won the award last year. While Amy Baker commented that GLS certainly won the prize for best party during the ICEF Berlin workshop, Barbara Jaeschke later explained that it was because her agent partners shared her vision of high quality, in terms of teaching, facilities and accommodation, that she believed GLS had won again.

It was back to the agency awards now for the turn of agencies in North America to feel the heat. Sponsored by the Canadian Language Learning Center, AmeriSpan solidified its reputation by winning this category for the second time in a row. Alexa Boyce from the organisation came on stage to accept the trophy and take it back to Philadelphia, thanking all their partner organisations. She explained, “One thing that we hear all the time from schools is that AmeriSpan students have realistic expectations upon arriving to the school, unlike other organisations...In addition, we clearly state “What We Like” and “What We Don’t Like” about all of our partner schools.”

The category for the ‘big boys’ was next, with the winner of LTM Star Chain School announced. Sponsored by Global Visions, the nominees in this category were: Embassy CES, EC, Kaplan International Colleges, Navitas English and Zoni Language Centers. A brief pause of expectation... and then Johnny Peters of Embassy CES was on stage thanking everyone who voted for their support...and revealing that his mum was at home waiting to hear the results in what is becoming a very important awards ceremony!

Sponsored by Puromundo – part of the Oneco team, the LTM Star Work Experience Provider was revealed next, and the nominees were from around the world: Twin Group in the UK, InterNex in Canada, Go International in Canada, Concorde International in the UK and Australian Internships in Australia. Twin Group in the UK triumphed again, and directors and twins, Jacqui and Caroline Fox, were delighted, pointing out that work experience is where they started before embracing other elements of language teaching.

For new agency businesses that have been in operation for three years or less, they have a chance to gain recognition in the LTM Star New Agency category. Every year, new names and nascent businesses are shortlisted – this year, GoLearnTo in the UK, StudyGreen in Spain, Agence Babel in Switzerland, Stein Study Abroad in Ireland and AcademConsult in Russia were in the running, with the latter scooping the title this year.

Irina Sledyeva, General Director of the company, accepted this award from Andrew Fisher of EAC, who as one of the main sponsors – under the umbrella brand of TUI Education – presented the award and made a speech about the expansion plans of this major player, which had just finalised its acquisition of the Manchester Academy of English in the UK.

The LTM Star School Association award had a new winner this year as English UK triumphed over rivals throughout the world. Reflecting its coordinated activities in the face of a difficult year of visa rules and rule changes, English UK’s Annie Wright, association Deputy Chief Executive, collected the award.

High schools from around the world had their moment in the spotlight next. Sponsored by Shafston International College, nominees included three from the UK, one from New Zealand and a nominee from Canada – Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools – but it was in fact CATS Canterbury, part of Cambridge Education Group, that usurped the competition this time.

Then the focus shifted back to North America for the LTM Star English Language School in North America – sponsored by the Canadian Language Learning College – and despite Rennert in the USA being among the nominees of LSC, Ilac, Tamwood International College and ILSC, it was another Canadian win with Ilac claiming the award.

For education agencies in the Middle East and Africa, this was only the second year that there was an award category for them and a jubilant Ziad Abotoyur from International Group for Education Consultants (IGEC) in Saudi Arabia was next on stage; happy to have won this year from a shortlist spanning Israel, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE. “This is amazing. I am glad we have made it this year as we were nominated last year too,” he said. Other nominees in this category were Al Ahlam Training Services, EDUCON for Educational Services, Lingualink and Intelligent Dedicated Partners.

Now it was time for another hotly contested award that has seen a different school win this title each year – LTM Star English Language School Europe, sponsored by Languages & Travel agency. With each school nominated having not claimed the prize last year, there was a palpable sense of drama as Amy Baker announced the winner. Over to Andrew Roper, Managing Director of British Study Centres, which won the award. “Time stood still a little bit...I really didn’t think we would win but then I saw [Amy’s] lips – in slow motion – forming a ‘B’ and I thought crikey we really have won!! Apparently I sat stock still in my seat for a few seconds while people jumped on my head...in shock, I think!”

A group of eight or nine staff swarmed on the stage, while Andrew thanked the “can-do” attitude of all the staff at BSC. Leaving the BSC staff to settle down, it was straight on with the evenings penultimate award, LTM Star Agency Eastern Europe – sponsored by Thompson Rivers University. Nominees hailed from Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Moldova. Triumphant again was Oleg Stepanenko from Students International in Russia.

To round off the night was one more Russian win – the Liden & Denz Language Centres in Moscow and St Petersburg, which clinched the ESL - Language Studies Abroad sponsored LTM Star World Language School title from schools in Japan, China and Portugal. Owner Walter Denz brought the two school directors on stage and one of them read out a message in Russian, while explaining that if anyone wanted to understand, they should visit the schools in Russia and learn the language!

It was just left to Hothouse Media Director, Stephen Roberts, to close the ceremony and hand over to the ever-popular band, Carwash, to cajole people on to the dancefloor with their renditions of dancefloor classics; and the spirit of international kinship twirled in the air as the party started.

LTM Star Awards Winners 2010

LTM Star Italian Language School

LTM Star High School
CATS Canterbury

LTM Star School Association
English UK

LTM Star World Language School
Liden & Denz, Russia

LTM Star Junior Course under 18s
EAC Language Centres

LTM Star Innovation of the Year
EC Malta

LTM Star Chain School
Embassy CES

LTM Star Spanish Language School
Malaca Instituto

LTM Star French Language School
French in Normandy

LTM Star German Language School
GLS Sprachenzentrum

LTM Star English Language School Europe
British Study Centres, UK

LTM Star English Language School North America
International Language Academy of Canada (Ilac), Canada

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

LTM Star Insurance Provider
Student Guard/Guard.me, Canada

LTM Star Work Experience Provider
Twin Group, UK

LTM Star Agency Asia
iAE Edunet, Korea

LTM Star Agency Western Europe
ESL – Language Studies Abroad, Switzerland

LTM Star Agency Eastern Europe
Students International, Russia

LTM Star Agency Latin America
Experimento, Brazil

LTM Star Agency North America
Amerispan, USA

LTM Star New Agency
AcademConsult, Russia

LTM Star Agency Association
Aseproce, Spain

LTM Star Agency Middle East & Africa
International Group of Education Consultants (IGEC), Saudi Arabia

Winner profiles

LTM Star Junior Course for under-18s Winner: EAC
“I am absolutely delighted for everyone connected with EAC, particularly our staff who work so hard, that our agency partners voted for EAC to be the winner in this junior category in its inaugural year. All of us would really like to thank these partner agencies in recognising EAC for the work that we do, and we will not only do our best to live up to the expectations and faith that they have shown in EAC, but we will look continuously to improve the products we offer and the services we provide. Everyone at EAC is absolutely thrilled.”
Andrew Fisher, Managing Director, EAC

Other nominees: Twin Group; Stafford House Study Holidays; EC; British Study Centres.
Sponsor: ESL - Ecole Suisse de Langues

LTM Star Italian Language School
Winner: Linguaviva
“We are honoured and very proud to receive once more such a prestigious acknowledgement from our peers and colleagues of the language travel industry. We are grateful to all our business partners for their relentless work and efforts in promoting language studies, we thank our agents for their cooperation and trust in our schools and services, we also thank our students for choosing our schools and our heartfelt thanks goes to Linguaviva’s hard working staff for their daily work! As members of Ialc we would like also to say considering the many nominations Ialc schools received in various LTM Star award categories, that quality does make a difference!”
Giorgia Biccelli, Director, Linguaviva

Other nominees: Dilit-IH; Torre di Babele; Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Florence; Babilonia.

LTM Star Agency Latin America
Winner: Experimento
“My staff and I are especially thrilled with the LTM Star Agency Latin America award we conquered on September 4 in London. I would like to extend my true and deepest appreciation for the support we received from our partners. This award means a lot more than a prize to us. It demonstrates that Experimento is on the right path when it chooses to be guided by such values as seriousness, credibility, hard work, team work, quality in customer service, etc. We are very proud with the recognition of our partners and it has given us even more energy to continue building the best Latin American agency!”
Betty Woodyatt, Managing Director, Experimento

Other nominees: CI; STB; Mundo Joven Travel Shop; Universo Educativo.
Sponsor: Navitas

LTM Star English Language School
Southern Hemisphere

Winner: Browns English Language School
“We have worked tirelessly and made many sacrifices over the last eight years to build our brand and reputation as a world class education company and the industry has rewarded and recognised our efforts with this fantastic award as winner of the LTM Star English Language School Southern Hemisphere. The education industry has been generous to us by selecting our school to be the winner and we look forward to continuing to improve and strengthen our first class profile.”
Richard Brown, Director Browns English Language School

Other nominees: English Language Company, Australia; Languages International, New Zealand; Shafston International College, Australia; Langports English Language College, Australia.

LTM Star Agency Western Europe
Winner: ESL - Language Studies Abroad
“I think our partner schools recognise our committed work before the arrival of students to their school, as much in quantitative as in qualitative terms. And then there is the follow-up, the proactive feedback schools receive from ESL after the student has returned home, comments and suggestions on how to further improve and consolidate products and services. It is this level of care and stimulation which I guess is most appreciated, the attention to detail. No stone is left unturned in the pursuit of satisfying customers while we our grow business”.
Krister Weidenhielm, Director, ESL - Language Studies Abroad

Other nominees: Cactus Languages, UK; Direkt Sprachreisen, Germany; EMY Cursos en el Extranjero, Spain; BoaLingua, Switzerland. Sponsor: University of Essex, International Academy

LTM Star Agency Association
Winner: Aseproce
“We are very proud to have received this award. It is the result of years of hard work from many people in Aseproce trying to increase the standards of quality in our industry in Spain.”
Juan Manuel Elizalde, President, Aseproce

Other nominees: Salta, Switzerland; Belta, Brazil; Kosa, Korea; UED, Turkey.
Sponsor: English Australia

LTM Star Spanish Language School
Winner: Malaca Instituto
“We are totally delighted to win for the third time and it’s a huge boost to our confidence and morale. You can all be sure that this will help us to continue and further improve and develop services. Many thanks for your confidence in Malaca Instituto.”
Bob Burger, Marketing Director, Malaca Instituto

Other nominees: Babylon Idiomas; Clic-IH; Coined; Escuela de Idiomas Nerja.

LTM Star Insurance Provider
Winner: Student Guard/Guard.me
“We are extremely honoured to have received this prestigious award once again on behalf of our dedicated and hard-working staff. The past year has been an exciting one with the opening of our London, UK, office and the introduction of our new brand, Guard.me. We appreciate this recognition of our commitment to provide the best possible service and protection for our clients’ students, wherever they study in the world. We would like to thank LTM, our agents and schools for their support, and look forward to continuing to work with all of you.”
Keith Segal, President, Student Guard/Guard.me

Other nominees: AVI International; Endsleigh Insurance Services; Care-Med; Uni-Care International.
Sponsor: International House World Organisation

LTM Star Innovation of the Year
Winner: EC
“Winning a star award for a second year in a row was a great feeling and reconfirms EC’s commitment to superior quality and client led innovation. We would like to thank all our partner agencies for voting for EC again this year.”
Andrew Mangion, EC Malta, Malta

Other nominees: Embassy CES, Partners (agent website); Tamwood, Whistler Olympic Fun programme; CATS Cambridge, Two Grades Higher and the Oxbridge preparation programme; Mountlands Language School, English plus kitesurfing. Sponsor: Twin

LTM Star French Language School
Winner: French in Normandy
“We are delighted that French in Normandy has been singled out for this prestigious industry award and we are especially thrilled as our partners have maintained their confidence in us for the third year running. For Tom to be in London and to go up and get that award was a magical moment in our lives that we will never forget; it meant so much to both of us. With our grateful thanks to all who voted for us and for all the countless messages of support from our many friends in the industry.”
Eleri Maitland, French in Normandy, France

Other nominees: France Langue; Institut Linguistique Adenet (ILA); Accord, ESL - Ecole Suisse de Langues; Centre International d’Antibes (CIA). Sponsor: ESL - Ecole Suisse de Langues

LTM Star Agency Asia
Winner: iAE Edu Net
“Winning the LTM Star Agency Asia award again in 2010 is very humbling for the directors and staff of the iAE Global Network, especially because it has been awarded to our founding company – iAE Edu Net in Korea. To once again receive the recognition and support of our school, college and university partners by winning from a shortlist of such high quality agencies is very satisfying and makes all the effort we put into representing institutions around the world truly worth it. Thank you to LTM for taking an idea and making it such a valued and sought after recognition of quality within the language and travel industry. The Star Awards are now very firmly on the annual international education calendar as a must attend event.”
OJ Kim, CEO, iAE Global Network

Other nominees: Ryugaku Journal, Japan; Gio Club, Japan; EDM Education (LondonUhak), Korea; Wintech, Japan. Sponsor: English UK in the North

LTM Star German Language School
Winner: GLS Sprachenzentrum
“I believe that nowadays a school has to teach more than only the language. We have to educate global players. We have to educate our clients (i.e. our students) how to survive on the international business floor. (In a way it can be compared to making a good figure on a dancing floor!). Thus I would like to thank all our agents that they share this vision with me.”
Barbara Jaeschke, Managing Director, GLS Sprachenzentrum

Other nominees: BWS Germanlingua; did deutsch-institut; Humboldt Institut; Carl Duisberg Centren.

LTM Star Agency North America
Winner: AmeriSpan
“I want to thank all of our partner organisations and schools for providing the highest quality of service and programmes to our clients. As you know, AmeriSpan’s passion for study abroad is only matched by your own. Year after year, whether we win awards or not, our participants continue to be the beneficiaries of our collaboration.”
Alexa Boyce, Senior Study Abroad Consultant, AmeriSpan

Other nominees: The Learning Traveller, Canada; Lingua Service Worldwide, USA; Spanish Abroad, USA; Rollin International, Canada. Sponsor: Canadian Language Learning College

LTM Star Chain School
Winner: Embassy CES

“We are delighted that Embassy has been named LTM Star Chain School for the third time in the last four years. Since winning the LTM Star Award for Innovation in 2008, we have continued investment in technology both in and outside of the classroom, and the opening of several new state-of-the art facilities. The award for LTM Star Chain School is the most coveted award in the industry. Thanks to all our partners for voting for Embassy and your continued support. We look forward to working with you in 2011.”
Johnny Peters, Sales & Marketing Director, Embassy CES

Other nominees: Kaplan International Colleges; EC; Zoni Language Centers; Navitas English.
Sponsor: Global Visions

LTM Star Work Experience Provider
Winner: Twin Group
“A huge thank you to all our wonderful partners who voted for us again this year. We were truly shocked that we won for the third year running so thank you all so much! Our sector has faced immense difficulties since the introduction of Tier 4 and we are working closely with UKBA to promote the incredible benefits international graduates attending internship programmes in the UK bring to British employers. We have been shortlisted for the government’s new Work Programme which aims to take long-term unemployed people train them and move them into work so we are aware that our government sees international graduates as taking jobs away from the local workforce. We will continue to develop and expand our programmes over the coming year, work to improve the government’s thinking and look forward to seeing you all at the LTM Star Awards in 2011!”
Caroline Fox, Managing Director, Twin Group

Other nominees: InterNex International Exchange, Canada; Australian Internships, Australia; Concorde International, UK; Go International, Canada.
Sponsor: Puromundo (part of the Oneco team)

LTM Star New Agency
Winner: AcademConsult, Russia
“To win the award is not only a great joy, but a big responsibility and a great challenge as well. The award shows a high respect of the AcademConsult team from our partners, which motivates us to improve our services and to become even better next year!”
Irina Sledyeva, General Director, AcademConsult

Other nominees: Stein Study Abroad, Ireland; Agence Babel, Switzerland; GoLearnTo, UK; StudyGreen, Spain. Sponsor: TUI Education/EAC

LTM Star School Association
Winner: English UK
“We’re very pleased to have won this award again, and would like to thank everyone who voted for us. It’s been a very challenging year for the industry as a result of the economic situation and particularly because of the changing visa situation in the UK. Our member schools, our staff and our chief executive, Tony Millns, have worked tirelessly to maintain the UK’s reputation as the leading provider of world-class and competitive English language education, and winning this Star Award is a recognition of that.”
Annie Wright, Deputy Chief Executive, English UK

Other nominees: International House World Organisation; Quality English; Fedele; English Australia; Ialc.

LTM Star High School
Winner: CATS Canterbury, UK
“CATS Canterbury are delighted to have been awarded the LTM Star High School award this year. Congratulations to the Canterbury team on 58 years of academic excellence and 25 years of Foundation success. A big thank you to LTM and all our partners.”
Michael Parris, Director of Business Development, CEG

Other nominees: St Clare’s, Oxford, UK; Millfield School, UK; Academic Colleges Group, New Zealand, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Canada.
Sponsor: Shafston International College

LTM Star English Language School North America
Winner: International Language Academy of Canada (Ilac)
“We are extremely grateful that agents have said that we are meeting their expectations and have given us a vote of confidence. It is a great honour to win the award as we have strong competitors in Canada. We are always trying to meet our agents’ expectations and this is our business challenge.”
Jonathan Kolber, Managing Director, Ilac

Other nominees: Rennert, USA; ILSC, Canada; LSC Language Studies Canada, Canada, Tamwood International College, Canada.
Sponsor: Canadian Language Learning College

LTM Star Agency Middle East & Africa
Winner: IGEC, Saudi Arabia
“And the winner is…we had many sleepless nights thinking could that be IGEC’s name at the end of this famous sentence? Winning the LTM award is important as it’s not only a coveted prize but it also puts IGEC in the mainstream of education agents and opens doorways to new opportunities. It was painful when we fell short last year but that failure made us work harder; improve on quality and on services alike. We are also thankful to all the nominees; they are the reason we are classified as a winner and without them there would be no competition to win.”
Azhar Usmani, International Relationship Manager, IGEC

Other nominees: Al-Ahlam, Oman; Educon, Saudi Arabia; Lingua Link, Israel; Intelligent Dedicated Partners, UAE.

LTM Star English Language School Europe
Winner: British Study Centres, UK
“I would like to say a huge thank you to all our agents. I’ve received over 50 messages of support and congratulations since the event which is just amazing. The award is as much for our agents as for us, they are the ones who recommend us every day to their clients and show British Study Centres in the best possible light. We are hugely endebted to the loyalty and confidence our agents have shown in us. We are determined to use the award as a springboard to further improve our courses and services to our clients.”
Andrew Roper, Managing Director, BSC

Other nominees: Centre of English Studies, UK & Ireland; United International College, UK; IH London, UK; Galway Cultural Institute, Ireland. Sponsor: Languages & Travel

LTM Star Agency Eastern Europe
Winner: Students International, Russia
“We are truly honoured to receive the LTM Star Agency Eastern Europe award for 2010, as one more LTM star speaks for our stability. It is especially important for us because it proves that we continue to offer high quality standards to our partners. And we aim to improve it further. The whole SI team is happy that our work was distinguished among other strong competitors. Thanks everyone who voted for us!”
Oleg Stepanenko, General Director, Students International

Other nominees: DEC, Ukraine; Intact, Czech Republic; Excel, Moldova; Global Visions, Turkey.
Sponsor: Thompson Rivers University

LTM Star World Language School
Winner: Liden & Denz Language Centre, Russia
“Winning this award for a third consecutive time makes us very proud. Operating as a language provider in Russia is very challenging, so we immensely appreciate the positive feedback we are getting from our business partners. We would like to thank all the agents who have supported us. But I also want to give credit to our fellow nominees, all Ialc members and personal friends. With them, we share a passion for quality. It is very comforting that our agents acknowledge this!”
Walter Denz, Managing Director, Liden & Denz

Other nominees: Genki Japanese and Culture School, Japan; Mandarin House, China; Kai Japanese Language School, Japan; CIAL, Portugal.
Sponsor: ESL - Language Studies Abroad

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La Trobe University  
Language Studies International  
Neas Australia  
Pacific Gateway International College  
Shafston International College  
Universal English College (Global Village Sydney)  
University of Tasmania  
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University of Western Sydney College  

Ecela - Latin Immersion  

Ceran Lingua International  

Berlitz Canada   
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Capilano University  
College Platon  
East Coast School of Languages  
English Bay College  
English School of Canada  
Eurocentres Canada  
Geos North America  
Global Village  
Guard.me Insurance  
International Language School of the YMCAs Quebec  
LSC Language Studies Canada  
National School of Languages  
Niagara College  
Ottawa International Student Programmes (OISP)  
Queen's University  
Saint Mary's University  
School District No. 42 Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows  
Stewart College of Languages  
St Giles Colleges  
Study Abroad Canada  
Thompson Rivers University  
Vancouver English Centre  
VanWest College  

Cyprus Tourist Office  
Language Conquests  
The Language Explorer  
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Tandem Santiago  

Mandarin House  

Intensa Spanish Language School  

Study Team Cuba  

IH Cairo  

Active Learning  
British Study Centres  
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Cambridge Education Group  
English Language Centre Brighton & Hove  
English Studio  
Excel English Language School  
Hampstead School of English  
Hove College  
International House London  
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Language in Group  
Malvern House College London  
Quality English  
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Spinnaker College  
St Clare's Oxford  
St Giles Colleges  
Study Group  
TUI Language   
Twin Group  
University of Essex - International Academy  
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Accent Francais  
Alpha B - Institut Linguistique  
College International de Cannes  
Ecole PERL  
Ecole Suisse Internationale  
Education En France  
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Langue Onze Toulouse  
Le Franc Parler   
LSF Montpellier  
Lyon Bleu International  
Media Langues Caraibes   
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GLS Sprachenzentrum  
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F & U Academy of Languages   

Media Langues Caraibes  

Academia de Espanol Probigua  

Cork English College /Language & Activity Holidays  
Dublin International Foundation College  
Galway Cultural Institute  
Horner School of English  

Alpha School of English  
Clubclass Residential Language School  
EC English Language Centre  
English Language Academy  
Feltom (Via Malta Tourism Authority)  

Habla Ya Language Center  

Derzhavin Institute  

EAC Language Centres and Activity Camps  
University of Stirling  

CLIC-IH Seville   
Malaca Instituto - Club Hispanico SL  
Malaga Si  
Inturjoven Spanish Courses  
Pamplona Learning Spanish Institute   

EF Language Colleges Ltd  
ESL Ecole Suisses de Langues  
Eurocentres International  

Hargrave Military Academy  
Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs  
Language Consultants International  
University of California Riverside  
University of San Diego  
Zoni Language Centers  

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