IEG acquires Academia Columbus

July 17, 2013

The Madrid-based Ideal Education Group (IEG) has announced the acquisition of the Academia Columbus chain of language schools in Latin America, adding to the group’s portfolio of Spanish language teaching brands that includes Enforex, Don Quijote, Solexico, eduSpain and Enfocamp.

The Academia Columbus school in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Formerly owned by Patrick and Christopher Thebing of the Thebing Travel Group, Academia Columbus has three centres across the region: Playa del Carmen in Mexico; Quito, Ecuador; and Santo Domingo de Heredia in Costa Rica.

In a statement, Antonio Anadon, Founder and President of IEG, said, “Since its founding, IEG has continued to expand and develop during each phase of the organisation’s growth and now continues to expand by integrating the prestigious chain of Academia Columbus schools into the group, a company that has 13 years of experience in the world of teaching Spanish and that enjoys an unquestionable international prestige.”

He added, “With its approach to excellence in business, IEG has become the largest group specialising in the teaching of Spanish for foreigners as well as one of the five world leaders specialising in student exchanges.”

Academia Columbus will be managed as an independent company by Inge Groeneveld, who will continue as the Marketing & Product Director, and Katrin Uphoff will continue to lead the sales and booking office.

“We will maintain the brand and operate the way we did before,” Groeneveld told Study Travel Magazine. “But the schools will benefit from being part of a big, successful family.” She confirmed that business would go on as usual and that agents should continue to contact the same booking office.

It was also announced that there are plans to extend the Academia Columbus chain. Colombia is targeted as the first area of expansion, with new schools expected to open in Cartagena and Bogotá.

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