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Successful workshops in Taiwan and Japan for English UK members

Published on Friday, December 20, 2019

English UK Taiwan Japan

Over 50 Asia Pacific region agents joined English UK workshops in Taipei and Tokyo to meet member centres and find out more about ELT.

"This region has always been important for our members," said Roz McGill, English UK's market development manager. "With the education strategy of the Japanese government and the Olympics in 2020 it felt like the right time to reinforce members' partnerships in this key market, and Taiwan has great potential both in invaluable long-term adult students and a growing demand for junior courses".

Louise Gow, English UK’s Agent Relations Manager said: "We always aim for a mix of agents that are already sending significant numbers of students to the UK, and those that are interested in opening up this market.

"Conversations that our team had with agents reflected this mix. We had experienced agents looking for new partners for specific courses - my first request was for English and fencing - as well as an agent who sends predominately to Australia, who was looking for a new market for her students."

Educators liked the “good quality” and “good mix” of agents and the organisation of the workshops. Each included a networking dinner and an agent training session as well as the full day of meetings. Steve Wood of Bede's Summer School reflected the overall view of the participants: "I particularly like the boutique and personalised feel of the English UK events. They are always expertly organised and the timings of the day work well for me."

Agents also enjoyed the sessions. Richard Jones of UKEAS said: “It was an excellent day in Taipei, very enjoyable and valuable.”

The format is designed to allow centres of all sizes and with a range of budgets to attend, and the educators attending came from the full range of English UK's membership. Agents were able to meet with a university, a further education college, seasonal multi-centres, owner run boutique schools and large chains. 

English UK’s 2020 Asia Pacific events will take place in Hanoi (23 – 24 November) and Bangkok (26 -27 November). English UK will also accompany members to Argentina for a Latin American-focused event on the 20 and 21 April 2020 and plans to combine this with an exploratory mission to Ecuador.

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