The Study Travel Magazine, one of the best known and most read publications in the education and travel industry, published in its December issue several responses from the leading education agents in East and Southeast Europe on the subject of the strength of the British Pound and its impact on language education opportunities around the globe.
Commenting on how the rise of the British Pound has affected people’s choice of destination for language learning, Maja Merdovic, Education Program Manager at Prodirekt, said that “it has created significant problems for language travel in price sensitive markets”. Students from the Balkan region are somewhat adjusting their preferences, opting for more affordable opportunities to attend language courses and summer camps. In addition, the rising school fees in the UK only exacerbated the whole situation. Consequently, Prodirekt and its Verbalists Language Network “experienced an increase in bookings to Malta, an alternative English learning destination to the UK,” added Maja Merdovic.
This slight shift in destination choice to more accessible areas is also partly due the UK’s lengthy, complex and costly procedure for obtaining an entry visa, which is not needed for Malta.
Agents from regions close by the Balkans, such as Turkey and Russia, noticed a similar trend in their students’ interests, with growing number of students considering Malta in 2015.
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About PRODIREKT and Verbalists Communication Network
PRODIREKT (www.prodirektgroup.com) provides recruitment and strategic management services in Southeast Europe. PRODIREKT’s innovative solutions for corporate management offer a bridge between strategy and human resources needs, while its education group, with the Verbalists Communication Network, dedicated to language studies, professional training and translation services, helps young professionals and corporate clients achieve their objectives in international business communication.
IALC Workshop in Vienna revealed the increase in demand for learning languages other than English in Southeast Europe.
Belgrade, 19th September 2015 – Educational group PRODIREKT and the Verbalisti language network today announced new higher education partnerships which were forged at the workshop in Vienna, organized by IALC (International Association of Language Centres). During the workshop, which took place at the prestigious Vienna Savoy Hotel on 16th and 17th September 2015, 21 study travel agents met 16 IALC-accredited schools from 11 countries teaching 5 languages.
“The sweetest business was done over die Sachertorte,” Maja Merdovic, Education Program Manager at PRODIREKT & Verbalisti Language Network
This was the first time IALC has organised a regional workshop with school delegates meeting agencies from across the region in a central hub. “Vienna is the perfect location for this type of event,” said IALC Marketing Manager Hollie Coffey. “It has great transport connections and it allowed agents to visit ActiLingua, a local German language school based in Vienna.” READ MORE
Belgrade, Serbia — November 8, 2014 — Representatives of the Verbalisti language network and PRODIREKT just returned from the ICEF Berlin Workshop 2014, the world’s largest gathering of universities, language schools, education consultants, and agents. In contrast to student recruitment fairs and exhibitions, ICEF Workshops are closed to the general public. This year 2,343 participants travelled to Berlin for three days (02-04 November) of targeted meetings, seminars and networking held at the five-star InterContinental hotel. Overall, participants from 103 countries participated in 26,879 pre-scheduled meetings.
Maja Merdovic of the Verbalisti Language Network
Dejan Trpkovic, managing director of PRODIREKT and founder of Verbalisti, described the language network’s activities at the workshop: “We had very successful meetings with a number of educators, which would result in more exclusive language learning and destination options for our students.
After signing the exclusive representation agreements with the Manchester United Soccer Schools and Nike tennis camps in the UK, we are about to bring to our region another world’s most valuable sports brand – Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy. That prestigious US based golf camp was created to meet the needs of world’s top golfers at every stage of their amateur and professional development. READ MORE
Belgrade, Serbia — October 10, 2014 — The education group PRODIREKT today launched the attractive English conversation program dubbed Verbalizuj se! (Verbalize Yourself!).
This unique program is organized by the Verbalingua language center, which is part of the popular language network Verbalisti and PRODIREKT company. Debates and open discussions are excellent for language learning because they engage students in a variety of cognitive and linguistic ways. One of the things that make this program special and different from other courses is that it gives students the opportunity to discuss current and important issues with celebrities and leading business people. For more information about the program, please click here.
Isidora Bjelica, a very famous Serbian writer and public figure, will be the first guest of the Verbalizuj se! program
“The ability to organize your thoughts clearly and to communicate them in a persuasive way in a foreign language is very useful when you’re sitting in a job interview, advancing your career or holding a top management position. These are skills that you’ll use for the rest of your life, and Verbalize Yourself! program is great to improve those skills. The participation of famous people and successful managers in discussions greatly enhances the value of the program and makes it exciting and unique”, described the course Dejan Trpkovic, managing director of PRODIREKT.
The program starts on 23 October with English language meetings and famous Serbian writer and public figure Isidora Bjelica as its first guest. Verbalingua plans to open debating clubs for other languages in the near future as well.
The meetings are held twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 19:00 to 22:30 at the attractive space of the Verbalisti language network. The club and office space, which was awarded the first prize at the 23rd Exhibition of Architectural Achievements in Interior Design, is located at Gospodar Jevremova 9a, Belgrade.
The Verbalingua language center and Verbalisti network are brands of Prodirekt, which is a certified representative and partner of prestigious schools and colleges in world renowned university centers.
Belgrade, Serbia – March 23, 2014 – The US based education group Prodirekt LLC today announced that its regional language network Verbalisti reached 100,000 fans on its Facebook business page.
Prodirekt has always been very much involved in creating an awareness as to the power of social media as a tool for reaching out to potential foreign language learners. The Verbalisti network diversifies the language learning practice in the South-East Europe region by introducing innovative and up-to-date approaches, such as learning through social media and entertainment. The network features various online language learning tools and YouTube videos. Additional educational content and links to their social media pages can be accessed through the Verbalisti websites in Serbian (http://verbalisti.com) as well as in English (http://verbaliststravel.com).
VERBALISTI LANGUAGE NETWORK – YOU’RE ONE IN 100,000+!
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