Excitement builds ahead of 2020/21 StudyTravel Star Awards

Anticipation is building ahead of the return of the StudyTravel Star Awards in three weeks, and StudyTravel Magazine spoke to some of the international education associations whose members are finalists.

After a one-year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the partner-voted 2020/21 StudyTravel Star Awards will be held as a free online ceremony on September 1st, celebrating excellence across a range of categories for agencies, language schools, vocational colleges, associations and service providers. Click here to register for the ceremony.

The Federation of Education and Language Consultant Associations ( Felca ) is a global alliance of national agency associations, and four of its members are finalists in the ST Star Agency Association category: Aseproce , Spain; FDSV , Germany; JAOS , Japan; and UED , Turkey.

Ten individual Felca-affiliated agencies are nominated in their respective categories, and a further two ( Experimento in Brazil and Gio Club Study Abroad  in Japan) are already in the ST Super Star Hall of Fame after winning their categories for a fifth time.

Paolo Barilari , President of Felca and Owner of Lingue nel Mondo agency in Italy, said, “The Star Awards are the undisputed ‘Oscars’ of our industry. As President of Felca, I am delighted to see that there are 16 Felca member agencies and national associations among the nominees for the Star Awards and one association, Belta  of Brazil, nominated for the ST Leading Star Award.

“May the best win but, above all, may the whole of our industry finally win against the pandemic and get back to making young people of all ages around the world travel and study, learn and build their own futures.”

The Global Alliance of Education & Language Associations (Gaela) is a federation of national and international school associations and accreditation bodies in the language and secondary sectors, and four of its members are finalists in the ST Star School Association category: Canadian Association of Public Schools – International (Caps-I); Feltom , Malta; Marketing English in Ireland  (MEI); and Quality English .

A further two associations – English UK  and IALC  – are already ST Super Stars and nominated in the ST Leading Star category, which is contested exclusively by ST Super Stars.

Moreover, some 44 language schools across the various language categories in the ST Star Awards 2020/21 are affiliated to one of the Gaela member associations.

Lucy Horsefield , Managing Director of International House World Organisation (IHWO) , and Lou McLaughlin , Executive Director of Eaquals , are the Co-Convenors of Gaela. They told StudyTravel Magazine, “We are delighted and proud to see so many Gaela members and affiliated schools nominated for Star Awards in 2021.

“During this incredibly challenging time the support and collaboration that associations provide for members has been essential. The associations that form Gaela have really appreciated the opportunity it provides for information sharing and we have also valued working closely with our colleagues at Felca. It is wonderful to celebrate the excellent reputation so many Gaela member schools and associations have.”

Lou McLaughlin, Executive Director of Eaquals and Co-Convenor of Gaela (centre) and Seek-Mui Sum, COO of IALC (left) at the 2019 Gaela AGM.

The International Association of Language Centres (IALC) – which became an ST Super Star in 2015 – has 17 member schools in different language school categories, and a further four IALC schools are ST Super Stars ( French in Normandy GLS German Language School Liden & Denz  and Malaca Instituto ).

“We would like to congratulate all IALC schools that have been nominated,” said Seek-Mui Sum , Chief Operating Officer at IALC. “It exemplifies the high-quality service offered by IALC schools across different languages in multiple destinations. These difficult times have shown that quality counts. This is also reflected in the longstanding relationships between our IALC schools and their agency partners.”

Speaking on what IALC’s own nomination for ST Leading Star means, Seek thanked the industry for the recognition of the association’s work. “It is clear that in these times, schools are keen to differentiate themselves from their competitors. IALC, as an association, helps them to do that.”

Click here to register for the free ST Star Awards 2020/21 ceremony, which will be held on September 1st at 5pm (BST).

The following language school associations have members represented in the 2020/21 StudyTravel Star Awards:

ASILS Italy (four finalists, two ST Super Stars); Eaquals (eight finalists, four Super Stars); Education South Africa (three); English Australia (two, one Super Star); English UK (eight); English New Zealand (one Super Star); EnglishUSA (three); FDSV , Germany (four, one Super Star);  FEDELE – Español en España (four, one Super Star); FELTOM , Malta, (one); Groupement Fle , France (one, two Super Stars); International House World Organisation (IHWO) , (two, three Super Stars); Italian in Italy (one Super Star); Languages Canada / Langues Canada (seven, two Super Stars); Marketing English in Ireland (MEI)  MEI (six); NEAS (one); Quality English (three); Souffle (two).

Please note, membership may have differed at the time of voting. Some institutions may be members of multiple associations.

And the following agency associations have members represented in regional agency categoriesANEX Colombia ARSAA – Argentine Study Abroad Association ASEPROCE Spain;  BELTA  Belta;  FDSV Germany; IECA – Taiwan  JAOS  Japan;  UED , Turkey;  YEDAB (International Education Counselors Association of Turkey).

Click here to see the full list of finalists for the 2020/21 StudyTravel Star Awards.

Source: StudyTravel Network

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