A multilingual course search and student review website is set to be launched by mid-December, aiming to become the Trip Advisor of the language school industry. Created by ICEF, Coursefinders allows students to search for and directly contact language schools around the world, leaving star-rated reviews and comments about their experience afterwards.
China’s largest agency association has begun an evaluation process that will help to regulate agencies in China. BOSSA is receiving government support to fund the inspection process and the outcome of its first round of assessments, focusing on Beijing-based agencies, will be published in March 2014.
Language schools and service providers from around the world were honoured last week with the first ever awards presented by a Turkish association of education agencies – UED. Accolades were given to institutions and companies in 16 different categories.
English UK, the world’s leading language teaching association, has joined forces with Cambridge English Language Assessment to provide support for English language teachers working at its member centres who want to carry out action research into English language acquisition.
The organisation charged with growing the UK’s technical and vocational education exports says it has doubled its turnover to £40 million in a little over a year. TVET UK’s growth has been driven by multi-figured deals with governments and corporations in Nigeria, Turkmenistan and Saudi Arabia. TVET UK is also establishing an office in Saudi Arabia.
New South Wales (NSW) is asking international students to avoid dealings with Overseas Student Association (OSA) – a subsidiary of the National Liaison Committee (NLC) – after ongoing complaints from universities and student bodies detailing how the group has been harassing students for visa and passport information.
Quality English, a marketing association for independent English language schools, hosted a mission to Moscow last month attended by over 30 agents and 16 schools from the UK, Ireland, Canada and the US. As part of its Autumn roadshow, QE held its second workshop in Budapest earlier this month.
The 19-year old 1994 Group – currently formed of 11 active UK university members –has announced its decision to disband, citing that the need for the Group no longer exists. Today’s statement from the board said “this was not an easy decision to make, but we feel sure it is the right one for the future.”
Director-level organisation ALTO unveiled its new intention to gather industry data for the benefit of members and the wider study travel industry during its AGM this week. An industry-wide benchmarking study is being planned by the association with the help of a large independent accounting organisation.
Making good on campaign promises to prioritise international education, Australia’s Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison and Minister for Education Christopher Pyne have announced that the government will extend streamlined visa processing (SVP) to 22 undisclosed private education providers. Other measures are also being reviewed.