Thank you to the 139 English UK members that joined us at StudyWorld London earlier this month. I hope you all found the event to be enjoyable and productive. The feedback we've received so far has been really positive. If you have any stories to share about the event, please get in touch.
For those of you who could not make it this time, our members had the chance to meet many study abroad agents. The face-to-face meetings help to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones. In between appointments our delegates were well fed and watered and could even get a massage.
StudyWorld kicked off with the seminars on Monday afternoon. Nick Barnard of Manor Courses in Brighton, at StudyWorld to boost new agent contacts for his small family business, said: "I was at the seminar on health and selling: they were useful and interesting."
At the Welcome Reception, Eddie Byers, welcomed delegates, saying: "This is one of the oldest education events in the world – old but gold. It's a special event and an important time in the industry when we come together – yes to do business, this is why we're here, but also to form relationships with each other."
John O'Connor of platinum sponsor FPP EDU Media told us how he met his wife when he was backpacking and she was studying in London, adding: "It's important for students to study abroad – they have different backgrounds and all want some great opportunity… this industry changes lives for the better, and we're all part of this."
On Tuesday evening we bussed our delegates out to Covent Garden's Sway bar for an International Quiz which was won by a team including English UK's Deputy Chief Executive Huan Japes and our vice-chair Steve Phillips. And it wasn't fixed! Cathy Hannan of Belfast Metropolitan College, who was also on the winning team, was grinning. "We have had a great evening here with colleagues, and really enjoyed it. I've learned a lot about what we can do here, it's a really well-organised event. And it's definitely useful to get everybody together socially."
Chris Moonie from Mackenzie School in Edinburgh said: "I'm happy with the organisation and space – there's a lot of space here so it isn't cramped. What's interesting me is that I think the market is changing and agents are looking for something new. We're really trying to develop that side of things and I think it's working."
Vivek Gupta of Global Student was at StudyWorld for the first time, and said; "It's a good place to network and find out what's happening in the industry as well and exchange ideas. I have met so many agents."
Angela Palmer from ECX hadn't been to any agent workshop before. "It's going really well – I'm really pleasantly surprised by the reaction I am getting and how friendly everyone is. There is a really nice atmosphere here and I am surprised by how much I am enjoying myself. I am really impressed. I went to the party and that was good as well. I think coming was well worth it."
If you want to be a part of StudyWorld London 2016, look out for more information from the team who will let you know when bookings open. StudyWorld will take place in the Hilton London Metropole from Monday 5 to Wednesday 7 September.
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