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PRODIREKT Education Consultancy has Met Strict Standard of Quality of German ICEF, PRODIREKT Recognized as ICEF Agency

Bonn, Germany – November 21, 2011 – German ICEF today formally recognized PRODIREKT as the Agency and educational consultancy that met ICEF’s strict standard of quality. PRODIREKT successfully completed a quality assurance screen during 2011 and has become a preferred Agency of ICEF.

Language study abroad and Verbalists students in LondonPRODIREKT Director of Educational Programs Jasmina Saric said, “The global population of international students has grown dramatically over the past decade, and all signs point that the same is happening, albeit at the slower pace, in Southeast Europe. This also means that our customers are becoming more demanding and knowledgeable about the opportunities in international education. Therefore, we must be transparent in our practices and be more accountable how we conduct our business. Our company, with the support from the Western educators, created the Verbalists Language Network in 2010 to meet this growing demand for the regional standardization in foreign language studies. The popularity of Verbalists and its fast growth to a 11,000-member strong community in less than two years is the best evidence that the regional customers needed one credible opinion forum and education market place they can trust. With ICEF’s recognition of PRODIREKT’s high quality education services, we continue to show our commitment to improved practice and professional standards”.

Along with our well-established quality assurance screening for agents, ICEF has for some time followed strict guidelines for educators participating in ICEF Workshops. All institutions that attend the ICEF Higher Education Workshop must be fully accredited in their home countries.

About ICEF
ICEF logoICEF’s industry-leading quality assurance processes are increasingly recognised worldwide as an important qualification for agencies who have been successfully vetted for, and participated in, ICEF Workshops. In 2010, ICEF launched a formal recognition programme, acknowledging agents who have met ICEF’s strict standard of quality. The ICEF Agency status is conferred for a two-year period and is renewed through ongoing quality assurance screening and participation in ICEF Workshops.

About PRODIREKT
PRODIREKT’s innovative solutions for corporate management, marketing and international business communication offer a bridge between strategy and education, while its business group and social network Verbalists, dedicated to language studies and professional training, helps young professionals and business people achieve their objectives in international communication.

Learn about ICEF’s services and listen to educators from around the world talk about how ICEF impacts their international education and language travel:

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Verbalist and Pop Idol Ivan Radenov Arrives at Kings Colleges – English Language Courses in London and Oxford (VIDEO)

London, UK – 15 November, 2011 – PRODIREKT, a company which owns the fastest growing communication and language network VERBALISTI, awarded a two-week language course at KINGS COLLEGES for Ivan Radenov, the first Macedonian Pop Idol.

Our partners, Kings Colleges, made sure that Ivan’s stay in London turns memorable in many ways, so The First Macedonian Idol played in the Band of Kings, attended famous theater performances, and even met Glenn Hughes, one of the members of his favorite band Deep Purple.

Ivan Radenov and Glenn Hughes

Ivan Radenov, the First Macedonian Pop Idol, meets his idol in London - Glenn Hughes of the great Deep Purple!

Ivan has been improving his English at Kings Colleges, one of the oldest and most prestigious language institutions in the UK, with the tradition spanning over 54 years and centres in London, Oxford and Bournemouth, the English Riviera gem.

And what does Ivan say about his language experience with Verbalisti and Kings Colleges, well, just play the video…

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PRODIREKT Takes Ivan Radenov, the First Macedonian Pop Idol, to London for Language Education at Kings Colleges (VIDEO)

Skopje, Macedonia – October 28, 2011 – PRODIREKT, a company that owns one of the fastest growing educational social network Verbalisti, awarded a two-week language course at KINGS COLLEGES for the first Macedonian Pop Idol. Even at the very start of the of the Macedonian Pop Idol finals, the language education became a true hit among the young in Macedonia, while the Facebook page Verbalisti recorded more than 1000 new members in just one week. Ivan will improve his English at KINGS COLLEGES, one of the oldest and most prestigious language institutions in the UK, with the tradition spanning over 54 years and centres in London, Oxford and Bournemouth, the English Riviera gem.

PRODIREKT awarded a two-week language course at Kings Colleges for Ivan Radenov, the first Macedonian Pop Idol

PRODIREKT awarded a two-week language course at Kings Colleges for Ivan Radenov, the first Macedonian Pop Idol

Macedonian Idol Season 1 (Macedonian: Македонски идол – Makedonski Idol) was the first season of the Macedonian version of the worldwide known talent franchise series Pop Idol. The show started airing on November 13, 2010 on A1 TV and finished airing on May 30, 2011 with the big final held in Metropolis Arena, Skopje. The winner was Ivan Radenov from Gevgelija. As first runner-up finished Miki Sekulovski and second runner-up Dejan Jovanov.

The auditions started in the summer 2010. Ten Macedonian cities were included: Ohrid, Kavadarci, Strumica, Veles, Stip, Kumanovo,Skopje, Bitola, Tetovo and Prilep. Three famous Macedonian personalities were chosen to be the judges: Kaliopi Bukle (singer), Igor Dzambazov (TV host, singer and actor) and Toni Mihajlovski (TV host and actor). Ivanna Hadzievska and Nenad Gjeorgjievski famous for being hosts of the show-magazine A1 Exclusive were the hosts of the show.

Twenty candidates were chosen for the final cut of the show. However, in the final concerts got only 13 candidates (finalists). The other seven were promised to record a song, which will be given as an award from the jury.

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Verbalisti Interview: Ivan Radenov
by Jasmina Saric, PRODIREKT
October 2011, Skopje, Macedonia
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Vlatko Stefanovski – Story is Important, not the Music (VIDEO)

Verbalisti Interview: Vlatko Stefanovski
by Aleksandra Velickovic
Skopje, Macedonia
September 9, 2011

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About Vlatko Stefanovski
Vlatko Stefanovski was born in 1957 in Prilep / Macedonia in a theatrical family. He started playing guitar at the age of 13. In his late teens he formed the group LEB I SOL which became one of the most important names in the music scene of former Yugoslavia. The band played a particular style of fusion music, a blend of Macedonian traditional irregular rhythms and contemporary rock. LEB I SOL released 14 albums and toured around the world.

Recently Stefanovski has developed a very successful solo career. Already his first solo release ‘Cowboys and Indians’ (1994) showcased his various interests, from deep ethno roots to ambiental moods and classic blues. After the benefit project ‘Sarajevo’ (1996) for the UNICEF Fund for Children in Need he formed his electric trio and released the first Vlatko Stefanovski Trio CD in 1998. Among other releases Stefanovski recorded ‘Krushevo’ (1998) with well known guitarist Miroslav Tadic and made the music for the Turkish film ‘Journey to the sun’ directed by Yesim Ustaoglu which won two awards at the Berlin film festival in 1999.

In the last several years he has played and recorded all around the world with many top artists like Gibonni, Jan Akkerman, Stefan Milenkovic, Kudsi Erguner, Theodosii Spassov, Bojan Z., Manu Katche, Toni Levin and many others. His recent work also includes music for films, theatre and ballet. His latest release ‘Thunder from the Blue Sky’ is a magnifi-cent blues record with guitar legend contributing his part and perfectly complementing the almost dizzying playing of the 6-string virtuoso from Macedonia. The extensive joint tour of the two exceptional gui-tarists through Southeast Europe in summer and autumn 2008 was an absolute triumph.

Vlatko has performed as sollist with numerous simphony orchestras as: Tonkunstler orchestra from Vienna, Simphonieta orchestra from Sophia, Slovenian philharmony orchestra – Ljubljana, Student symphony orchestra from Skopje – Macedonia.

Stefanovski is well known for his incredible guitar technique. He creates rich soundscapes with imagination, fluency and ease.

Macedonian Language Travel Students and the Fourth Verbalisti July Group Leaving for London (VIDEO)

My Language Experience

The Fourth Group of Verbalisti prior to leaving for London at the Belgrade Airport, 31 July 2011

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