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Contents - November 2013

Special Report
STM Star Awards 2013
The 2013 STM Star Awards was the usual glamorous industry event of the year, with over 800 guests descending on London to find out the latest winners and additions to the Super Star Hall of Fame...

Agency survey
Italy's consistency
It was another year of steady growth for the participants in this year's agency survey on the Italian outbound market, with lesser markets and destinations emerging.

Teritary focus
Study consortiums in the USA

Many tertiary institutions in the USA are pooling their resources together in study consortiums to drive a collaborative international student recruitment effort. Claire Twyman investigates how these organisations operate.

Vocational Focus
Business schools in Europe

Quality education at an affordable price is just one of the reasons given by students studying at some of the many business schools in Europe. Georgina Deacon finds out more.

Secondary Focus
Academic/summer preparation in the UK

An academic or summer preparation programme can be a stepping stone into UK education for overseas students, helping them shine academically. Claire Twyman finds out more about the courses on offer.

Secondary Focus
IB courses in UK schools

Many independent schools in the UK offer the International Baccalaureate as an exit qualification from school, and more are jumping on the bandwagon, writes Bethan Norris.

Massive online changes

Moocs (massive open online courses) arrived on the scene at the start of 2012 and are already promising to make far-reaching changes to the world of HE. Jane Vernon Smith investigates the implications for study abroad.

Surprising Cyprus

A colourful blend of cultural influences from Western Europe, Africa and Asia, Cyprus is a unique destination that offers great weather, beaches and plenty of historical sites, reports Gillian Evans.

Regional Focus
England's heart

The Midlands, steeped in history and tradition, gives international students an honest glimpse into English culture. While it might not have the razzmatazz of London, the region is far from boring, as Claire Twyman discovers.

Market Analysis
New Zealand challenges

New Zealand's ELT sector continues to jostle for market share in 2013, with the high value of the currency, among other issues, posing a challenge. Some providers are confident that the likely rollout of improved nationwide work rights for ELT students, as well as improved course offerings, will have a positive impact on enrolments in 2014, as Claire Twyman reports.

German plus activities
German language courses can be complemented by an activity programme that aims to showcase the very best in German custom and culture, as Nicola Hancox discovers.

Rewarding hard work

Ialca and English Australia sign agreement
Loyalist Group purchases King George International
English UK welcomes visitor visa study and starts CEO search
Nacac approves commission-based recruitment
Moocs could threaten agents, says UK Minister
Cyprus launches language school association

News Round Up
StudyWorld welcomes Kurdish delegation
International graduate admission up in USA
ATC rebrands as Target English International
LSBF group acquires German school
Visa approvals signpost Australia's recovery
Bright World launches new 'blink' portal
Kaplan remains core to Washington Post Company
Oscars announces new location
Manchester school switches to IH
News in brief
Travel Update

Inside The Industry
On the move
Q&A Educator association: MEI
Industry issues- agents speak out
Q&A Advisor Association: EAQA
Agency of the month

Course Guide
Portuguese language courses


Rewarding hard work

by Bethan Norris, Senior Editor

Our news pages are chock-full this month with the latest on new developments in the industry. With so many events occurring at this time of the year it is a natural time for announcements of collaborative ventures, association news as well as the usual visa updates and analysis of student trends.

Particularly hot off the press this month is the news that US association of admissions counsellors, Nacac, has amended its Statement of Principals of Good Practice to officially endorse the use of overseas recruitment agencies on a commission basis. For those who have followed this debate for the last few years the decision will seem to have been born after a particularly drawn out gestation, so it is a relief that the debate is finally over and US colleges and universities can finally operate on a level playing field with other education providers throughout the world. It will be interesting to see how many colleges and universities will start using overseas agents for the first time or whether the practice will simply become more open in the future.

Another big news item in this issue is the announcement that venture capitalist firm The Loyalist Group in Canada has purchased King George International College (KGIC) from CIBT Education Group for US$13 million. The Loyalist Group featured in our recent Special Report on mergers and acquisitions in the industry as someone to watch in the future and this huge acquisition certainly places them among the major players in the study travel world. The sums of money involved are also worthy of mention as CIBT only bought KGIC in 2010 for US$4.3 million meaning that the group received nearly a US$10 million return in three-and-a-half years. Not a bad investment certainly!

We also profile some of the less well-known English language destinations, with the UK’s Midlands and Cyprus under the spotlight in our Regional Focus and Destination features this month. Cyprus’s warm climate makes it an ideal destination for students wanting to combine language learning with typical summer holiday activities and the launch of a new language school association in the country should increase its profile even more in the future.

And finally as a reward for all your hard work throughout the year, this issue brings you a report of one of the biggest events in the study travel calendar - the STM Star Awards! After all the hard work of getting ready for the awards, it was great fun to go through all the pictures and re-live the evening when putting together our Special Report of the event. If you were persuaded to don a disguise and have your picture taken in the photo booth this year, turn to page 44 to see if you can recognise yourself or other industry figures....! It certainly looks like you all had fun and we definitely did too.

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