StudyWorld welcomes Kurdish delegation

September 12, 2013

This year’s StudyWorld conference welcomed a delegation from Kurdistan, along with usual gathering of agents and educators for the London workshop.

Caption: Meetings taking place at StudyWorld 2013

The delegation, comprising representatives from five Kurdish universities, was a direct result of an agreement signed last year between English UK and the Kurdish Regional Government, and met educators at the conference as well as schools and universities in London and Coventry.

"We weren't sure until the last minute that they could come, but they had quite a successful few days and were able to meet educators in private meetings, over lunch and at a formal dinner," said Jodie Gray, English UK's senior international manager who organised the trip.

The Kurdish delegation was one of the new elements of StudyWorld, which attracted educators and agents to the Hilton London Metropole Hotel for the three-day event: others included a free massage area outside the meeting halls, a dedicated seated-coffee area and an expanded seminar afternoon. Around 20 per cent of delegates were first-time attendees, and 67 different countries were represented by agents.

Tony Millns, English UK's Chief Executive, said: "We've had quite a number of new agents and new exhibitors as well. There's been a very positive feel, and people have been telling me how they like the atmosphere in the halls.”

Sue Edwards, Chair of English UK, was also delighted with the event. "Everybody has been incredibly positive – they've had a good summer and found everything here slick and professional. I've had lots of good feedback about the Welcome Reception, which set the scene."

Satisfaction was high among attendees. Jay Buckham, from the Fettes Centre for Language and Culture in Edinburgh, UK, at StudyWorld for the second time, said, "A lot of the people I saw last year have come back to see me again, I've filled the majority of my appointments and it’s a great event, very well organised. And the Pop 'n'Bowl party was good fun." Gary Clarke of the Edinburgh Language Academy, UK, returning for the first time in five years, was surprised by how much had changed. "It's much better than it was then. It's better organised, there's less clutter – it's been good.”

StudyWorld London 2014 will be held from September 1-3.

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