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September 2010 issue

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Agency promotes green language travel

International tour operator, Study Global, has launched a subsidiary agency aimed at the environmentally friendly traveller.

Concerned about the impact students may have on the environment – contributing CO2 emissions through extensive air travel – StudyGreen will push the concept of responsible tourism by working with schools that have green credentials while simultaneously educating students as to alternative methods of transport.

Patrick Mueller, Sales and Marketing Director at parent agency, Study Global, noted that StudyGreen would select partner schools that “give students the opportunity to minimize the negative impact their programmes have on the environment and maximize the positive impact on local communities”.

Partner schools interested in signing up will undergo an inspection process that involves answering a questionnaire in relation to the school’s facilities, energy consumption, recycling policies and means of transport.

“The StudyGreen team is very much aware that these measures [may] have little effect on air travel and the resulting CO2 pollution, but they are convinced that it is their responsibility to make students and schools aware of those factors and to mutually intend to reduce the negative impact of language travel on the environment,” Mueller explained.

As well as providing information about environmentally sound language schools, the ‘green’ agency will endeavor to inform students about local community projects they can become involved with during their study abroad vacation. It will also try to help students make informed decisions, “...not only for their academic needs but also to protect the planet,” he added.



Mauritian agents de-registered

The Mauritian Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology has announced that in accordance with the Licensing of Recruiting Agents for Overseas Educational and Training Institutions Act 2006, the following companies have ceased to operate as recruitment agents; Anand Multi Business Ltd, Edutrust Consultant Agency, Eden Further Education Ltd, Best Education Services Consultancy Ltd, SMC Co. Ltd, Advanced Education Pathway, Total Business Solutions and Can Consulting Ltd.

The licensing act stipulates that is a legal requirement to be registered with the ministry and that it is illegal for any persons to recruit students unless he or she holds a valid permit.

Documents required for the issue of a license include written authority from the university or institution an agent wishes to send students to, a signed agreement between both parties specifying validity period and commission received, as well as a character certificate outlining company shareholders and the applicant’s employees who are responsible for the student recruitment. Dr Dorish Chitson, from registered agency OVEC, added that licenced agents are also required to deposit half a million Mauritian rupee (US$32,894) into a holding account for security purposes.

“This Act was passed at the request of aggrieved students and parents so that the Ministry of Education had thus to protect them against unscrupulous agents [whether licensed or not] who were more intent on making profits rather than on taking their responsibilities towards students,”said Chitson.


New Zealand to reward study abroad advisors

Industry body for export education, Education New Zealand, is to honour education agents in its International Education Excellence Awards ceremony held during its annual conference.

Recognising the hard work its membership put into their institutions and their services, the agent category will look to reward agents in certain regions, for example 2010 nominations are open for agents who represent the Vietnamese outgoing student market.

The winning agent will receive a trip to New Zealand to attend the 2010 conference, as well chance to take part in a short sightseeing trip.

The awards aim to recognise the achievements of institutions in international education and focus on three main areas of business including innovation in international programmes, excellence in marketing and excellence in student support.


Agency of the month

In a series appearing each month in Language Travel Magazine, we ask a different language teaching institution to nominate one of their preferred agencies or agent partners, and to explain why this person/company is worthy of their nomination.

This month, EF International Language Schools in South Africa nominates Sameerah Corporation – a subsidiary of Al Rajhi Company – in Saudi Arabia. Angela Pereira, School Director at the school, explains this decision.

“With over 10 years in the field, Sameerah Corp. is among Saudi Arabia’s oldest and most experienced education agencies. Everyone feels welcome there and the staff’s professionalism and dedication to fulfil their students’ needs makes it a pleasure dealing with them. In the summer months, when other agencies get backlogged because of the increased workload, Sameerah’s applications are as tidy as always and the staff’s phone calls upbeat. We especially appreciate the quick responses and good structure that is a signature of their work. Saudi students are in general very sensitive to new environments, but Sameerah always prepares students thoroughly before departure and it is rare to have a student causing problems or complaining. In cases where we face challenges; they are always helpful and quick to take action to help us solve the problem. In short, we really appreciate working with them and I think the fact that they have remained one of our biggest agents in a challenging market talks for itself.”


Industry issues - agents speak out

Q. In your opinion, can world sporting events have a bearing on student destination choice, for example South Africa for the recent Fifa World Cup?  

Wojtek Lapacz, BTA Kompas, Poland
“Sports and languages go together well at BTA Kompas! But South Africa is not our most wanted destination in 2010. There are three main reasons why not. First of all this destination is really far away compared with our prime destinations. It is still not very known for language courses and the last reason is very simple: the Polish football team did not qualify for the finals! As this is the first year for BTA Kompas on the language market – there’s a growing demand for courses in sports destinations. We are also looking forward to 2012 and the summer Olympics in London – I am sure that a huge stream of students would like to visit London for sports and language study then!”

Henri Joel Nkuepo
Education Agent, South Africa
“I have sent four clients to Bay Language Institute in Cape Town since January. The courses that they requested to do were General English for education purposes. As to whether world sporting events have a bearing on student destination choice, my answer is debatable. In fact, students rather look for universities with international standards and world sporting events do not have great impact on choice. However, many students travel before to make sure that they are there when the event starts. But the percentage is low. The reality shows that most of the people who travel for the event are rather tourists.”

Antonio Bacelar Jr, Via Mundo Intercambio Turismo, Brazil
“Although we have been promoting South Africa for over three years now we only got to send our first applicants this year. Although we had a representative from South Africa visiting, and we did some presentations about the attractions of this interesting and fascinating destination, I believe our students would rather go to a place where they would not face some similar situations to Brazil! Nevertheless, Brazilians have a passion for football, and for sure there is no better attraction than the World Cup. I believed that after sending the first ones, [we would] have a flow to this country, once [they saw] how much [there is] to see and to fascinate them. Some of our partner schools offered discounts and special prices for this period, which also helped with our first enrolments.”

Ana Cecilia García, G.R. Academic Exchange Programs, Venezuela
“South Africa is not a very popular destination for Venezuelans and since the World Cup has been held there we have taken advantage of this and promoted a lot more. We have received a few promotions on English courses in South Africa and we’ll keep on trying to encourage our students on this fabulous destination and we hope to have some students enrol this year. One of the promotions we have received was from a language school in Cape Town; it is valid from September through December 2010 and it consists of enrolling for a General English course and the student will receive an upgrade to Intensive English. Our Venezuelan students like promotions such as “free weeks” or “percentage discounts”. This is why I recommend educators create special promotions for us so we make South Africa one of our most popular destinations!”

Flavio Crusoe, BEX, Brazil
“We started to send students to South Africa a couple of years ago, but only a few. The majority preferred other well-known destinations like the UK, the USA and Canada. South Africa was an unknown destination. but with the World Cup it has become more popular. The same situation happened with Australia after the Sydney 2000 Olympics Games.”


On the move

The English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Pittsburgh in the USA has appointed Rob Mucklo as Marketing and Activities Coordinator for their Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) Programme. Mr Mucklo has taught in the programme for the past four years and brings with him professional experience in marketing and recruitment advertising.

Miguel Fenton recently joined language school association Ialc as Marketing Manager. Mr Fenton began his marketing career in the travel industry and has previously held senior roles at the Institute of Directors in London and View London in the UK. He has many language skills and aims to build the Ialc brand and reach new markets worldwide.

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Canada has appointed Dr. Wesley J. Koczka as Associate Vice President, International and CEO Global Operations. With over 20 years of experience in both public and private sectors, Dr Koczka will oversee a CAN$17 million business unit, providing vision and strategic direction for the department by creating partnerships worldwide.

Jacqueline Kassteen has joined the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSTC) based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as a Marketing and Communications Officer. Ms Kassteen will be responsible for promoting their annual event, The World Youth & Student Travel Conference which takes place this October in Beijing, China.

Frances Macklon has become Principal at the Hampstead School of English in the UK. Ms Macklon has been at the school for over six years and spent the last three years as School Manager. “I intend to safeguard Hampstead’s reputation for excellence and further develop our systems to give our students and agents a service level that is second to none,” she said. Kevin McNally remains as Managing Director.

Shane Global has appointed Will Davis to be Sales and Marketing Manager for the UK. Having worked as a teacher in France for six years, Mr Davis worked as a Sales and Marketing Executive for Bloomsbury International. He moved to Shane Global in June of this year and is now responsible for overseeing the sales and marketing drive for Shane’s London and Hastings centres.


Sector summary

Work Wise
New sister company for Australian Internships

High demand within the voluntary sector has prompted work experience organisation, Australian Internships, to establish a sister company dedicated to providing young humanitarians with volunteering projects.

Volunteers Australia, which was officially launched in June, will offer indigenous volunteer programmes that provide “exceptional opportunities to experience life as a volunteer in an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community”, said Diana Pilling at the company. “Through daily work and interaction with community members, volunteers will gain insights into local culture and major issues facing communities.”

Working alongside local project and community leaders, candidates will be given the chance to provide help and assistance in areas such as healthcare, childcare, education, housing, arts & culture and environmental sustainability.

“The main focus of the volunteer programmes is of course on the volunteer work, however, Australian Internships/Volunteers Australia also recognises that in order to make a programme like this successful other issues need to be addressed, for example cultural awareness,” added Pilling. With this in mind, cultural awareness orientation sessions will be made available prior to placement commencement.

Technology
Industry news platform launched

Internet Advantage, a company specialising in Internet and social media marketing, has launched a website dedicated to language education news.

By collating and aggregating RSS feeds from relevant and respected websites, registered users of www.infoalacarte.net can download up-to-the-minute language related news, as well as articles on grammar, teaching materials, studying methods and product news.

The new service, which is available in both English and Spanish, aims to reduce the amount of time users spend browsing the net for industry news with subscribers receiving fresh content via regular emails.

Since its inception in March, the website has welcomed over 500 new subscribers.

Exams
Innovative partnership for exam board

International education publishing company, Pearson, has joined forces with Helen Doron Educational Partners to prepare test takers for Pearson’s English language proficiency examinations.

With more than 500 learning centres in 27 countries throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas – the Helen Doron franchise has been operational since the mid-80s, providing exclusive learning programmes and quality educational materials for infants, young learners and adolescents the word over.

This collaboration will enable 30,000 of the 100,000 students currently enrolled at its English centres to access test preparation and support materials for Pearson’s PTE General and Pearson’s PTE Young Learners exams.

“For the last quarter of a century, our focus has been on providing learners with language acquisition tools that go beyond the mere mechanics of reading and writing to emphasise the critical importance of understanding and speaking,” said CEO and Founder of the language provider company, Helen Doron. “PTE General and PTE Young Learners are precisely the type of language assessment tools that take this holistic approach to measuring English language ability.”

Mark Andersen, President Global Strategy and Business Development at Pearson International, noted that this link-up was part of the exam and publishing group’s plan to raise overall worldwide standards in English language testing. He added, “Partnering with a premier language learning organisation such as Helen Doron Educational Group, to expand the reach of our language assessments to learners of all ages around the world, is an important step in achieving this critical goal.”

Insurance
Majority of UK students uninsured

A survey conducted by online discount voucher hub, www.MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, has found that over 85 per cent of university students fail to insure their property when studying away from home.

The nationwide research analysed the responses of 1,276 members of the British public who were living and studying away from home or had done so in the last 10 years. Ninety five per cent said that they were living in shared accommodation, with the value of personal property averaging at UK£2,350 (US$3,519) per bedroom. Of those surveyed just 15 per cent said they had sought insurance.

Technology
Mobile learning takes off in Bangladesh

The BBC World Service Trust has reported it has delivered more than one million English lessons in the first three months of a mobile phone language lesson project launched in Bangladesh.

The Janala project offers mobile phone users a weekly three-minute audio or SMS lesson for around three taka (US$0.04).

“We knew demand for English was strong, but the response to Janala has been phenomenal,” said Sara Chamberlain, Project Director. “The growth of mobile is clearly creating opportunity to provide access to education.”


Q&A

Rob McKay, Chairman of English New Zealand answers our questions on the association’s recent activities and what challenges members are currently facing.

Full name: English New Zealand
Year established: 1986
Number of members: 33
Type of members: Full and Associate
Association’s main role: to provide advocacy, quality assurance, and marketing services for quality English language providers
Government recognition: Recognised as the peak body representing both private and state English language providers
Code of practice: Yes
Complaints procedure: Yes
Agent workshops/fam trips: Agent workshops are held in nine different countries each year
Contact details:
Rob McKay, Chairman, and Kim Renner, Operations Manager
PO Box 35283
Christchurch 8640
New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 386 1222
Fax: +64 3 386 1225
E: admin@englishnewzealand.co.nz
W: www.englishnewzealand.co.nz

What has your association been up to in the last 12 months?
We’ve continued our efforts in our three key areas – marketing, quality assurance, and advocacy. Immigration policies and practices have been a focus and continue to be the area that we need to keep working on.

In light of the recent Geos collapse, how important is it to have a tuition assurance scheme in place (protecting student fees)? How does New Zealand’s work?
The NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) requires that all providers have arms-length student fee protection in place. Students are therefore able to continue studying in the event of a school closure by transferring their securely held fees to another provider. In any case, Geos NZ did not close. There was an ownership and name change and students continued their studies without disruption.

Has the New Zealand market benefited from Australia’s decision to revise some of its immigration pathways?
It’s unclear as to whether or not the Australian immigration pathways have had any effect on growth. English New Zealand continues to lobby government for work rights for English language students. Positively addressing this policy anomaly would have a significant impact on the overall growth and diversity of the industry.

What tough challenges could member schools come up against in 2010/2011?
Immigration settings have an enormous impact on our ability to grow our sector. Working with government in this area remains a key focus. We see evidence of sustainable growth and expect that to continue. There is now very good recognition of the English New Zealand brand and what it stands for. Clearly this helps us to face the unforeseen and remain strong. In tough times agents and students turn to schools they know they can trust.

What marketing activities are you planning for the near future?
We have an annual marketing calendar that includes agent workshops in 12 different cities worldwide. We focus on close working relationships with agents rather than competing with them at retail level. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Tourism New Zealand, and Immigration New Zealand all continue to provide support wherever possible to our marketing activities.


Travel Update

• Star Alliance member British Midland International (bmi) has launched a new website specifically catering for its Russian clientele. The website will enable passengers to book a flight in their native language, while also keeping them up-to-date with news as well as information regarding onboard and ground facilities. “bmi is strongly committed to providing the best service for its customers and we are delighted to launch this informative website for the Russian market. It will make booking bmi flights between London and Moscow even easier,” noted Tamarah Khatib, General Manager Online at bmi. The airline currently offers four daily flights from London Heathrow to the Russian capital, Moscow.

Air India is to resume its daily service to Australia from November this year. Absent from the Australian market for over a decade, the route will enable passengers to travel from Delhi to Melbourne. Data released by Tourism Australia found that there was a 17.4 per cent increase in visitors from India to the state of Victoria from late last year to March 2010. “With a growing Indian community living here in Victoria we are also seeing more relatives and friends visit Victoria which is great for local jobs and the economy as tourism grows,” stated John Brumby, Victoria’s State Premier.

• UK-based carrier, British Airways (BA) is to expand into the Mexican market by launching two direct flights a week from London Gatwick to prime holiday destination, Cancun. Richard Tams, Head of UK & Ireland Sales and Marketing said, “We’re delighted to be the only UK scheduled airline offering direct flights to Cancun. It’s the perfect addition to our Gatwick long-haul premium leisure network.”

• The price and nutritional value of airline food has been put under the spotlight recently, prompting many passengers to take their own food onboard. UK carriers have been accused of placing huge mark ups on snacks – prices average UK£4 (US$6) for a sandwich and UK£3 (US$4) for a cup of tea – leaving passengers with little alternative. Meanwhile, medical experts have accused airlines of not offering healthier food options. Charles Stuart Platkin, a leading nutrition and public food advocate in the USA, noted that airlines do not publicise the calorie content of a standard snack box and is in favour of passengers bringing their own food with them. “Most airlines did away with free food in 2001 when the last economic downturn hit them particularly hard, and that could actually work to [passenger] advantage,” said Platkin. He added, “You’re better off now… when they put that free meal in front of you, you were eating 1,000 or more calories and it was terrible food.”

• Back in July, inventors came one step closer to harnessing solar power to fuel an aircraft. An experimental solar-powered plane is reported to have flown for 26-hours, up to heights of 29,000 feet, aided by super efficient solar panels and battery power. Touching down at an airfield 30 miles from the Swiss capital of Bern, Project Designer, Bertrand Piccard, said, “It’s the first time ever that a [manned] solar airplane has flown through the night. That was the moment that proved the mission was successful...we made it.” The plane is also reported to have had three hours of battery power remaining, more than was originally anticipated.

• Air Arabia has signed an agreement with diversified investment company, the Tantash Group, to launch the Middle East and North Africa’s first low-cost carrier. The new airline will primarily be based in Amman, Jordan at Queen Alia International Airport and will specialise in services to destinations across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. “At a time when the global and regional economy continues to demonstrate strong signs of sustained recovery, we are confident of the long-term growth opportunities for the first low-cost carrier in the Kingdom, which will provide the high level of service, operational reliability and value-for-money fares that have become hallmarks of the Air Arabia brand,” said Adel Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia.

• Australian budget carrier, Jetstar, has announced it will expand its New Zealand operations to cater for stronger customer demand. The airline will add an additional Airbus A320 aircraft to its current fleet of six with the flexibility to operate on domestic or international routes from its existing New Zealand ports. Meanwhile, fellow antipodean carrier, Air New Zealand, has announced plans to let its passengers send SMS text messages and emails mid-flight by the end of the year.


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Contact any advertiser in this issue now

The following language schools, associations and accommodation providers advertised in the latest edition of Language Travel Magazine. If you would like more information on any of these advertisers, tick the relevant boxes, fill out your details and send.

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Company

Country

Telephone

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ACCOMMODATION
Britannia Student
      Services  
Nido Student Living  
Sara's New York
      Homestay LLC  
Unite  

ASSOCIATIONS/ GROUPS
ABLS  
English Australia 
Feltom
Groupement FLE 
IALC International 
International House
      World Organisation
Languages Canada /
      Langues Canada  
MEI  
Perth Education City
Quality English
The English Network

EVENTS
Alphe Conferences  
English Australia  
Globus Education
      Agency  
IALC International  
IEFT- International
      Education Fairs of
      Turkey  
International House
      World Organisation  
Ukranian
      International
      Educational Fair  

EXAM BOARDS
Cambridge Esol  
IELTS  
Pearson Education  

GUARDIANSHIP
COMPANIES
Bright World
      Guardianships  

INSURANCE
Dr. Walter GmbH  
Student Guard
      Insurance  

SERVICES
ICEF  

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism
      Authority  

AUSTRALIA
Bond University  
Carrick Institute of
      Education  
La Trobe
      University  
Language
      Studies International
NAVITAS  
Pacific Gateway International College  
Perth Education City
Shafston
      International College
Universal English
      College
      (Global Village
      Sydney) 
University of
      Tasmania  
University of
      Western Australia  
University of
      Western Sydney
      College  

BELGUIM
CERAN Lingua
      International  

CANADA
Bow Valley College
Braemar
      International
      College  
CLLC  
East Coast School
      of Languages  
English Bay College  
English School of
      Canada  
Eurocentres Canada  
Geos North America  
Global Village  
ILSC  
International
      Language School of
      the YMCAs Quebec
Language Studies
      International  
LSC Language
      Studies Canada  
National School
      of Languages  
Niagara College  
Queen's University  
Richmond School
      District #38  
Saint Mary's
      University  
SAIT Polytechnic  
Stewart College of
      Languages  
Study Abroad
      Canada  
Thompson Rivers
      University  
University of Victoria  
Vancouver English
      Centre  

CHINA
iMandarin
      Language Training
      Institute  
Mandarin House  

EGYPT
IH Cairo  

ENGLAND
ABC Languages  
Bury Language
      School  
Cambridge
      Education Group  
Camp Beaumont  
English Language
      Centre Brighton &
      Hove  
English Studio  
Hove College  
INTO University
      Partnerships  
Kaplan International
      Colleges  
Kings Colleges  
LAL Central
      Marketing Office  
Language in Group  
London Metropolitan
      University  
Malvern House
      College London  
Pearson Education  
Quality English  
Queen Ethelburga's
      College  
Shakespeare College  
SKOLA  
Spinnaker College  
St Giles Colleges  
Study Group  
SUL Language
      Schools  
Thames Valley
      Summer Schools  
The English
      Network  
Twin Group  
Unite  
University of
      Cambridge ESOL
      Examinations  
University of
      Essex -
      International
      Academy  
Wimbledon School
      of English  

FRANCE
Accent Francais  
Alliance Française
      Paris Ile de France  
Alpha B - Institut
      Linguistique  
CLE  
College International
      de Cannes  
Ecole PERL  
Ecole Suisse
      Internationale  
Education En France
Idiom  
Institut de Langue
      et de Culture
      Françaises - ILCF  
Langue Onze
      Toulouse  
LSF Montpellier  
Lyon Bleu
      International  
Paris Langues /
      Club CEI des 4
      Vents
Universite de
      Paris Sorbonne  

GERMANY
Sprachcaffe
      International /
      Languages Plus  

GREECE
Filomathia  

GUADELOUPE
Media Langues
     Caraibes  

HONG KONG
ALLTERE
      Education Group  

IRELAND
Alpha College of
      English  
Centre of English
      Studies  
Horner School of
      English  
Linguaviva
      Centre  
MEI  

JAPAN
Tamagawa
      International
      Language School  

MALTA
Clubclass
      Residential
      Language School  
EC English
      Language Centre  
English Language
      Academy  
Feltom
Global Village  
Malta Tourism
      Authority  

SCOTLAND
EAC Language
      Centres and
      Activity Camps.  

SOUTH AFRICA
EC Cape Town  
EF - SA  
English in Africa
      Language School  
Eurocentres Cape
      Town  
Good Hope Studies  
inlingua Language
      Training Centre
      Cape Town  
Interlink School
      of Languages  
International House
      Cape Town  
Kurus English CC  
LAL Cape Town  

SPAIN
Inturjoven  
Malaca Instituto -
      Club Hispanico SL  
Malaga Si  
Universitat
      Internacional de
      Catalunya  

SWITZERLAND
EF Language
      Colleges Ltd  
Eurocentres
      International  

USA
ELS Language
      Centers  
IH New York  
Julian Krinsky
      Camps & Programs
Language
      Consultants
      International, LCI
University of
      Arizona 
University of
      California Riverside
University of
      California San Diego  
Zoni Language
      Centers  



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