Ialca and English Australia sign agreement

September 11, 2013

The Italian Association of Language Consultants and Agents (Ialca) and language school association English Australia have announced the conclusion of a collaboration agreement.

The agreement provides for the two organisations to exchange information on best practices from both countries and both sectors, collaborate in the advocacy of advantageous policies, foster promotional activities and uphold rigorous standards in their respective industries.

Lorenzo Agati, President of Ialca, said, “This agreement is only a beginning. It has provisions that state our two associations must now put together a working group to reach specific objectives, ensuring that our agreement leads to a strong and vibrant partnership.”

The announcement follows significant growth in the number of Italian students heading to Australia to study English: 60 per cent over the last two years. Italy is now the eighth largest source of students for EA members, and the biggest from Europe.

It also builds upon a successful fam trip to Australia by Ialca members at the end of 2012. Pina Foti, Honorary President of Ialca, said, “That visit was an important first step in the collaboration between our two associations. It was bigger that the ten participants themselves as they have become ambassadors for Australia and have shared their experience with their colleagues within the Ialca membership. We look forward to a productive on-going relationship with English Australia and its member colleges.”

The agreement was signed at a ceremony hosted by the Australian Ambassador to Italy, David Ritchie AO, who emphasised the valuable contribution that educational and language exchange makes to the relationship between the two countries.

English Australia Executive Director Sue Blundell said, “English Australia and Ialca are great examples of the important work that associations undertake in their own countries to support and promote quality and it was a natural step to recognise the mutual benefit that can be achieved from such associations working collaboratively to ensure students have the best possible experience when they are studying overseas.”

Austrade’s Education Manager based in Milan, Sheralyn Derrick, also attended the ceremony and said, “The growth in the number of Italians studying English language programmes in Australia is testament to the excellent opportunities Australia offers to those seeking to develop their language skills and contribute to their future.”

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