When I started I spent a lot of time with very bright students from underrepresented areas of the world and I realised that for them, getting a scholarship to one of the top tier schools in the US is really going to change the trajectory of their lives
In Japan, internationalisation has been so marginalized. Now we are closer to being a part of mainstream education and managers at the top are interested in internationalisation, because they hear of its importance from industry and government. So that is a good thing.
I started working as an agent in 1994, almost at the same time as the market which started maybe half a year earlier. In 1996 the junior market appeared and language travel became quite popular. And then boarding schools and higher education boomed.
We are assessing whether it’s needed that there is an admissions service for UK overseas branch campuses, or whether it’s a service we could offer universities to such opportunities on our course search
Today Chinese students have more individual ideas like Where do I want to go? What do I want to do? When I came I didn’t know much about the UK and what direction I wanted to take. I just followed everybody else.
We want to start looking at delivering English language plus soft skills. And we’re also looking at India, we’ll be the first organised company that will actually market Indian universities overseas, to send students from the MENA region to study in India.
The area of volunteering is becoming more and more important to the area of study abroad. In the last 18 months we’ve had a massive interest from the service-learning perspective because we’re doing ‘real world’ work
There is a false debate about English medium teaching in France, because actually we already offer more than 850 programmes taught in English. What is important is that the government has come out and said it supports it.