As the New Year approaches, we at UIC have been having a look back at the year that has been 2010. And what a year it has been at UIC. The past year has been a very good year for UIC with many new and diverse things being achieved. Here are a few examples:
The junior courses ran again this year with great triumph. We taught more students from more places than any other year. In total there were over 25 different nationalities including France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Estonia, Saudi Arabia & Sweden We hope to do the same or even more in 2011.
Just like our Junior vacation programme, the adult college also had a successful year. The diverse range of students also continued here. We had students from over 60 different countries including Albania, Estonia, Greece, Morocco and Taiwan. As well as this, the following things have taken place at the college in 2010:
We taught 24 groups (more than ever before) – With the groups with were able to offer them with General English courses as well as specialist courses and provide them with an interesting social programme.
We were nominated for 2 awards (ELTons & LTM Star Awards) – The Language Travel Magazine awards the best international education providers where as the ELTons (British Council Innovation Awards) celebrate and award Innovation in the English Language industry. The winner for the ELTons will be announced in March so fingers crossed.
We started a blog. – So far we have posted over 180 blogs. Hope your enjoying them.
We made a film.- Two films were made showcasing what happens at the college in London and the junior vacation programme in Ascot.
We started a Radio Station /new course. – UIC radio was created in the summer and has been a huge success. It is the only student led radio station in a language college in London. The success of UIC radio has been so great that it has been nominated for an award and created into a course for students.
We opened a virtual office in Language Lab / Second Life. – This winter UIC entered Second Life with an opening of our office in English City. Students in English city can now come into the UIC office and speak directly to a member of staff.
We taught more people a foreign language compared to 2009. – Each week we have had well over 250 people coming to the college to learn one of the six foreign languages we teach.
We started the Language Exchange. – The programme is open to all students so that they can meet students from the country that they are learning a language. For example, an English student learning Italian can meet an Italian student learning English. The programme has introduced many English language students to many native speakers. We hope it will have continued success in 2011.
We gained HIGHLY TRUSTED SPONSOR status from the UK Border Agency, this is a real vote of confidence from the UKBA in our ability to run a language school.
We hope that 2011 will be more or just as successful as 2010 and you will continue to learn and study with us. We also hope you continue to read the blogs as there are many more to come.
All of us at UIC would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and every success in 2011!