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Contents - November 2012


Special Report
STM Star Awards 2012
At this year’s STM Star Awards, held at the prestigious London Hilton Park Lane Hotel in the UK, three language schools and one agency association entered the Super Star hall of fame. Turn to page 40 for the lowdown on all the Star Award winners.


Advisor Survey
Italy’s calm
Outbound student business over the last 12 months remained consistent for Italian agencies. However, with the government imposing some weighty austerity measures, the next 12 months could be testing.



Tertiary Focus
Tafe course guide
Australian Tertiary and Further Education (Tafe) colleges provide a range of vocational courses for overseas students. Course levels are typically certificates (Levels 2, 3 and 4), diplomas (Level 5) and advanced diplomas (Level 6). We have also included a handful of private institutions with similar course offerings and qualifications for comparison.


Vocational Focus
Film
Institutions that offer film production courses welcome international students and the ideas that they bring to the table, as Claire Twyman finds out.


Secondary Focus
International study centres
A dedicated international study centre – attached to or separate from a UK secondary school – can ensure overseas students build up their language proficiency before embarking on further secondary school study. Nicola Hancox reports.


Secondary Focus
UK boarding school surveyt
Results this year reveal that more overseas students are undertaking short-term academic year programmes of one year or less. Agent usage was high, with 74 per cent recruited via this means. Asia remained the most prevalent source region.


Destination
Canada’s best

From amazing scenery and outdoor activities to lively cities, a welcoming population and great education opportunities, Canada is one of the best study locations, as Gillian Evans discovers.


Regional Focus
South Coast UK
With sandy beaches, vibrant cities, quaint villages and numerous literary connections, England’s South Coast boasts several popular study destinations, writes Matthew Knott.


Direction
Student visas
The last few years has seen a number of new initiatives brought in to strengthen visa processes across the major study destinations worldwide. Jane Vernon Smith reviews the latest developments.


Market Analysis
New Zealand
Revised work rights for students and a new marketing brand are helping Christchurch get back on its feet after last year’s earthquake. Meanwhile, the King Abdullah Scholarship scheme proved a valuable source of long-term students for New Zealand in 2011.


Spotlight
Spanish plus culture
With flamenco dancing, tapas and extraordinary architecture in Spain’s rich history, culture courses bring the language to life, writes Claire Twyman.


Opinion
Getting together

News
London Met students offered high court reprieve
Alto celebrates two years
LAL announces new summer schools and partners
New online homestay management system unveiled
Conference season attracts new attendees
English UK assists students stranded by closure
EC launches new UK schools

News Round Up
Rennert upgrades facilities and launches new courses
CATS College Canterbury expands
MIT rises to top of QS university rankings
Tieca signs agreements with top study destinations
Delfin moves to Bloomsbury Square
Maltese school develops interactive city guides
did deutsch-institut launches junior courses in Austria
Acpet focusses on changing tertiary sector
Alpha College launches job seeking skills programme
News in brief
Travel update

Inside The Industry
On the move
Q&A Educator association: working closely with government organisations
Industry issues- advisors speak out
On the move
Q&A Advisor Association: Area

Agency of the month

Course Guide
Home tuition
Home tuition language programmes, where clients live with their teacher, give students an intensive learning experience as well as insight into the local culture. Worldwide, such courses are popular with a variety of clientele, including professional workers and notably with junior learners too.

Grapevine



Opinion
Facilitating policy change


by Bethan Norris, Senior Editor

Visas are certainly in the spotlight in this issue of STM with a comprehensive overview of recent immigration reforms that have taken place in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and North America highlighted in our Direction feature (page 34). However, while these changes to the student visa process are part of a country’s comprehensive immigration policy it is interesting to note a number of other developments that have taken place recently – on a much smaller scale and often due to the behind the scenes machinations of national agency and school associations.

David O’Grady at MEI in Ireland highlights two schemes that have come about due to the efforts between the school association and the visa issuing authority. Under these schemes, students from China and Turkey can have their visa fast tracked if they use the services of a limited number of trusted agents. Language schools in Ireland have already seen Turkish student numbers increase as a result of these schemes which shows how successful such a government/association alliance can be.

Similarly, Thai agency association Tieca has signed agreements with promotional bodies in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand in order to promote study abroad opportunities to Thai students, although these agreements stop short of introducing fast-track visa processes. It is not hard to imagine that future agreements with government organisations could include both agency and school associations, as well as visa issuing departments. The next step could well see members of agency associations being awarded fast-track visa powers for students studying in members of school associations. In fact, the precedent has already been set by Belta, whose members already enjoy more streamlined visa processes.

Certainly, a visa system that remains robust, as well as fair, is the aim of all governments that are interested in promoting themselves as world study destinations and using the industry’s existing associations would surely be a short-cut to achieving this goal.

In the meantime, however, embassies and consulates throughout the world could surely offer more support and help to agents worldwide. In our ‘Agents Speak Out’ section this month, agents talk about their own experiences with embassies in their countries and reveal some good experiences as well as bad. In some countries, such as Brazil, the work between agency and embassy involves the national agency association and greater government recognition of industry associations can only help drive future beneficial policy making.



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