Educators from around the world, including award winner schools, IALC member schools, who joined the IALC&UED Roadshow, and UED member agencies gathered at the Divan Hotel Taksim in Istanbul on November 10 for the award’s sixth year.
“It means that we are working well together with our partner agents in Turkey sharing common goals”
The 14 winners span eight countries, with 10 schools from 10 countries claiming their nation’s best school of the year award. The winners were voted for by executives from a number of the UED’s 36 member agencies, as well as airline and insurance companies students receive services from.
GLS Berlin walked away with the Best Language School of the Year – German award, winning its first award in Turkey for the best German language school.
“We are so thankful about the successful cooperation with our Turkish partners and of course about every Turkish student studying German at GLS,” said GLS’ Group sales director, Laura Gerofejeff.
“Today we really feel honoured about our first award in Turkey for the best German Language School. The UED / IALC event in the beautiful city of Istanbul always is a great opportunity to meet IALC partners and high professional agencies.”
Fellow German school, the Humboldt-Institut received the Best German Summer School 2018 award.
“Our Turkish friends and partners greatly contribute to the popularity of our German courses among Turkish students who represent a significant part of the nationality mix in our schools,” marketing director, Tobias Langenstein noted.
“We are already looking forward to welcoming individual students and groups from Turkey in 2019 and will continue to try everything possible to fulfil the high expectations that our students and partners have concerning the quality of our German courses and the all-inclusive service of the Humboldt-Institut.”
Giorgia Biccelli, marketing manager at Linguaviva in Italy, explained it was an honour to receive 2018 UED Best Italian School of the year for the third time in a row.
“A very special thanks goes to all UED agencies which have nominated Linguaviva and supported our nomination,” Biccelli told The PIE News.
“This award for us means a lot. It means that we are working well together with our partner agents in Turkey sharing common goals and projects with a strong focus on delivering quality services and teaching to our students. We look forward to another year of excellent cooperation with our friends and partners at UED.”
Osman Akyuz, director of Recruitment and Agent Support in Turkey for ELS Language Centers, the winner of Best English Language School of the year – US for the sixth consecutive time, said the ELS brand is stronger than ever in Turkey.
“We provide the best academic English in great locations and we have the most experienced instructors,” he added.
The Emerald Cultural Institute won the Best English Language School – Ireland award for the third year in a row.
“We are honoured to receive this award voted by many of our close partners in UED and we will continue to maintain the quality and high standards that our students and partners have come to expect from the Emerald Cultural Institute,” marketing director Aideen Murphy said.
The full list of winners, including five schools who won the award for the first time, are:
BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – US: ELS Language Centers
BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – United Kingdom: Regent
BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – Canada: ILAC-International Language Academy of Canada
BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – Australia: Embassy English
BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – Malta: EC English
BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – Ireland: Emerald Cultural Institute
BEST LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – German: GLS Berlin
BEST LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – French: French in Normandy
BEST LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – Italian: Linguaviva
BEST LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – Spanish: IH Barcelona
BEST CHAIN LANGUAGE SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – The World: Kaplan
BEST SUMMER SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – English: Studio Cambridge
BEST SUMMER SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – German: Humboldt Institut
BEST SUMMER SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – French: Ceran Lingua