Bossa holds week-long UK workshop event

2 December, 2013

A delegation of agents from the Beijing Overseas Study Service Association (Bossa) recently attended a week-long workshop event in the UK, organised by UK Work Study , meeting 126 educational institutions in a series of one-day, sector-themed events.

Caption: A meeting at the Bossa UK workshop event

Thirty-six agency members of Bossa – over half of the association’s membership – attended the event, which was organised in cooperation with London & Partners, London Higher, the Association of Colleges, English UK London, UK Direction and the British Council.

Commencing with a one-day higher education-themed workshop hosted at the University of London, the week also consisted of a boarding school day held at The American School in England (Tasis), an EFL school fair at Regent’s University London and an FE college event at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, as well as fam trips, visits and reception events.

Beverley Nash, Director of UK Work Study, which provides study packs for international students, said the event was the first of its kind. “Bossa has never sent a party overseas before. The fact that all the delegates were from the same organisation made it personal and unique.” She added, “We’ve bought different educational strands together in one week. Everybody gains and can see different facets of education with little travel.”

Xuewen E, Vice President of Bossa, said, “All of the agents were carefully chosen. They had to be working with each of the different study sectors.”

“I think it is fair enough to say that all the agents have enjoyed it – and have learned a lot – not just from meeting the education establishments, but also having a tour of Liberty accommodation and visiting Pearson for an evening reception, as well as Into and the British Council,” said Beverley Nash, Director of UK Work Study.

“Senior Bossa management have commented on the friendly and helpful reception they received from everyone and are confident that the trip will result in an increase in the numbers of Chinese students attending here – and to some new education establishments as well,” she added.

During a speech at a reception in the offices of London & Partners, the official promotion organisation of the city, Xuewen E said the current number of Chinese students in London and the UK was not a peak, but a big leap forward. “I hope my colleagues will be engaging actively and establishing some tangible partnerships and relations.” Bossa members placed around 27,000 students in the UK during 2012.

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