ELC Bristol has just become the second school in the UK to achieve a perfect score on its British Council inspection. Principal John Duncan (right) put the achievement down to his amazing staff, the support from fellow members of The English Network (TEN) and ‘putting our students at the very centre of everything we set out to achieve’.
Melanie Butler examines why foreign buyers are eager to acquire cash-strapped UK language chains.
Overseas buyers have been rushing into the market to snap up medium-sized language school chains in the UK, where the results of two years of bad trading and the immediate consequences of Brexit have left many schools in financial difficulty. Peter Dewhirst of ELT Acquisitions told the Gazette that buyer interest is at an all-time high, a view confirmed by other ELT mergers and acquisitions specialists.
Andrea Perez writes
Over 6,000 people, including 350 teachers from various member institutions of the Association of Language Schools of Andalusia (Aceia), took part in cultural activities and free English language level tests during the European Day of Languages on Saturday 24 September in Andalusia, southern Spain.
Matt Salusbury writes
Following July’s government purge of Turkey’s education sector (see August 2016 Gazette), many of the fifteen universities closed by the government’s Higher Education Council have reopened under new names, but some students are discovering that English-medium courses are now off the curriculum.
According to the Turkiye Gazetesi newspaper, the government has created three new universities – Beykoz University in Istanbul, İzmir Bakırçay University and İzmir Democracy University – and changed the names of five reopened universities.