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Education Conference Links

Education Seminar – July 2013

Maxwell Howells and Stephen Wallis introduce Dr John Balavu to the University of Kent 

Universities Minister draws capacity crowd
A capacity crowd of more than 100 diplomats and 50 top education institutions attended the 2013 Embassy Education Conference to hear the latest on the Government’s higher education policy from the Universities Minister the Rt Hon David Willetts MP. Delegates also heard from the CEO of Universities UK Nicola Dandridge, who gave an overview of the opportunities and challenges facing universities in tough economic times, and the session closed with an update on student visa policy from Jeremy Oppenheim of the Home Office.
The many issues raised in the Q&A of the plenary session were taken up in regional discussion groups after which diplomats and delegates were able to relax, regroup and chat informally during the networking reception.  


"A fantastic opportunity to network with diplomatic staff involved in the placement of international students within the UK Higher Education Sector. The organisers were helpful, quick to respond to queries and ultimately facilitated a very professional event with sought after speakers"
University of Keele

Dr Xhoana Papakostandini talks to Peta Nicholas of the Dwight School London

Monika Parzych and Barbara Kelhar of the University of Westminster meet Baharak Moradi (IMO)

"Excellent opportunity to establish fresh connections to a community we have such a long term and significant history with. Already following up on new opportunities!"
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Dr Susanne Frane (Germany) meets Yvonne Haines and Lorraine Gaytten (University of Birmingham)

Dr Juliana Bertazzo (Brazil) takes notes from Lew Wernick of Abbey College

Riskuta Neringa (Lithuania) in discussion with Modesta Koloseviute (Anglia Ruskin University)

"Excellent event – well attended by key contacts within a large number of country missions enabling great opportunities for networking and relationship building"
University of Surrey

Katy Friend and Simon Fraser (Aston University) talk to Eiman Baldo (Oman)

Eiji Watanabe (Japan) swaps contacts with Alex Broughton (University of Bristol)

Rory Curly and Gareth Van Vliet (Cambridge Education Group (CATS College)) talk to Dr Nibal Bourisly (Kuwait)

Mohamed El-Ansari (UAE) meets Basma Hakim of the University of East Anglia

"A time-efficient way of meeting relevant people from priority countries in order to develop key relationships for future engagement"
University of St Andrews

Edmundo Hernandez-Martinez (University of Essex) in discussions with Henri Steane Mpollo (Cameroon)

Mia Rosengren (Halcyon London International School) chats to Markus Atkinson of the University of Chichester

Laura Bryan and Matthew Cook (International Community School) meet Emmanuel Ruhumuliza (Rwanda)

"Well organised with great opportunities to meet with Embassy and High Commission contacts.  This is particularly useful for universities outside London"
Manchester Metropolitan University

Prisca Merz (Imperial College London) meets Ernest Chernukhin (Russia)

Heather Mulkey (International School of London) talks to Hong Cai and Min Sun of the Chinese Embassy

Kate Whiston (Keele University) meets Rasha Sheraf (Egypt)

"A lively event with a wide variety of participants. A useful networking opportunity"
St. Patrick's College

The Ambassador of Mongolia Mr Tulga Narkhuu meets Anthony Manning of the Centre for English and World Languages

Victoria Wilson and Lily Rumsey of Liverpool Hope University talk to Tewolde Mulugeta (Ethiopia)

John Wordingham (Australia) finds out more about Marymount International School from Karin Purcell

"Excellent event; well organised"
Fleet Tutors

Mark Tesar and Laurence Clayton-Trotman (OISE Language Coaching) meet the High Commissioners for Malawi (left) and Mozambique (right)

"I am new in the job, so did not have any preconceived ideas. It was therefore a good opportunity to develop my understanding of key issues and also network among other HEIs and of course the international representatives. Thank you."
Canterbury Christ Church University

A capacity crowd attends the plenary session

Heather McKeever (University of Reading) talks to Lenny Vidal (Bolivia)

Tej Bahadur Chhetri and Col Bishawnath (Nepal) learn more about SOAS from David Tumilty and Graham Davies

Michael Hilton introduces Freshta Omer (Afghanistan) to St Patrick’s College


Embassy Editor Elizabeth Stewart gives her opening remarks

"Very good programme. I encourage my colleagues to attend too. Good way to promote studying in UK and also give overall idea about studying in UK"
Embassy of Afghanistan

The Rt Hon David Willetts MP gives his address

The Ambassador of El Salvador Mr Werner Romero and Gilda Velasquez

A very well organized, and worthwhile event for us! We very much look forward to future events.
Halcyon School

The Chief Executive of Universities UK Nicola Dandridge gives the delegates an overview of the university sector

Embassy Events Director Kerry Low welcomes delegates

"The event was an opportunity to learn more about the educational and university system as well as meeting a lot of interesting people"
Algerian Embassy

Nike Awoyinka tells Kim Emmanuel (St Lucia) about design and digital media courses at Ravensbourne 

Embassy Events Administrator Kaye Hales assists a diplomatic delegate at registration

The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science takes a question from the audience

Rasha Sheraf (Egypt) poses a question to the panel

"An opportunity to meet people involved in education and students exchanges, either in the UK and in the Embassies"
Embassy of France

Jeremy Oppenheim (Home Office) gives an overview of current student visa policy

Sue Webb of the University of Surrey talks to Margaret Lesuuda (Kenya)

Evelyne Rugg, Director of Higher Education at the University of Westminster gives the closing remarks

The Finnish Ambassador and Malawi High Commissioners listen to the presentations

"The Embassy Education Conference 2013 has provided me quite useful and interesting overview of the current situation in British higher education"
Embassy of Czech Republic

Mary Mitchell and Karen House from TASIS The American School in England

Delegates take notes during the Africa Discussion Group

Stephen Wallis of the University of Kent leads the Europe Discussion Group

Delegates get an overview of education opportunities and challenges in the Asia region

Kevin Van Cauter (British Council) starts off the Latin America Discussion Group

"An excellent initiative"
Royal Thai Embassy

Eiman Baldo (Oman) makes a comment in the Middle East Discussion Group

Aurore Cretel and Kris Dockx of Belgium network with the universities and schools

Aibek Tilebaliev (Kyrgyzstan) meets Tom Legones (US)

Air Cdre G S Bedi (India) and Dr Hashini Kokila Waidyaratne (Sri Lanka) regroup after a packed programme

Embassy Editor Elizabeth Stewart in discussion with Dr Abdelbasit Gadour (Libya)

"High profile speakers and great opportunity to network with other attaches"
High Commission of Canada

Bernard Silver (Seychelles) catches up with Nigel Coelho and Alice Flannery of VFS Global

Sue Webb of Kent College chats to Angela Cleary (Thailand) while Simon James meets Syahrul Hidayat (Indonesia)

A student ambassador directs Stephen North of University of Newcastle to the exhibition area

Carolina Munewar of The London College UCK meets Munkhjin Batsumber (Mongolia)

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