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Embassy Education Seminar – June 2011

A stream of delegates register for the Education Conference

MargaretAnn Khoury and Joao da Costa (Southbank International) talk to Prof Dr Tubagus Soelaiman (Indonesia)

"The first annual 'Networking for Diplomats' event held in London yesterday, proved its credential and has firmly placed itself on the schools' marketing map!"
Melanie Gray, Wycliffe College

Lotty Ysenbrandt (Belgium) talks to Alan Mackay of the University of Edinburgh

Modisotsile Magaga (Botswana) finds out about services at Cardiff Sixth Form College from Yasmin Sarwar

The Embassy Induction Seminar and Education Seminar are the only external marketting events we feel worthy of attending.
Southbank International School

Sheila Lambie (Gordonstoun) meets Dr Alessandro Coatti

"Well organised and a good representation of education institutions"
Seychelles High Commission

Stephen Wallis and Sarah Harrison (Kent University) meet Guillermo Pardave (Peru)

Dr Xhoanna Papakostandini (Albania) talks to David Rose (North London International School)

"This was a well-organised event that provided an opportunity to meet representatives of the diplomatic community, offering insights into the education agendas of their own country. Making acquaintance with a number of diplomats who had direct connections with Birkbeck was a bonus"
Birkbeck, University of London

Kerry Low (Embassy Group) welcomes Linda Kalimba (Rwanda) and Vupe Kunkwenzu (Malawi)

Lucy Cornibert (St Lucia) and Julie Rolls (University College London)

"This Education Seminar has helped me understand the education system and opportunities in the UK, as well as its rules and regualtions. I found it very useful to meet representatives of different schools and universities, and gain a better insight in what is on offer in the UK at primary, secondary and tertiary level, which will help me in my role as family officer at our Embassy"

Royal Netherlands Embassy

Carol Baker and Simon James of Kent College talk to Aida Toumi (Tunisia)

"We found the event both interesting and worthwhile particularly as it allowed us to meet with a group of people who are often difficult to reach due to their busy schedules"
Lucy Thomas, University of Surrey

Matthew Dean of Birkbeck University talks to Eiman Baldo (Oman)

Eisa Kameli (Iran) talks to Michael Addison of Albion College

Liza Rodger of Aston University Birmingham talks to Precilla Alicant and Sylvester Ambokile (both Tanzania)

"The event proved to be a fruitful opportunity to address pressing education questions to representatives of the international community, together with providing networking opportunities for both emassy delegates and representatives from the sector"
Dean Close School

Jana Prikrylova (Czech Republic) chats to Mary Mitchell (TASIS – The American School in England)

"Such events would be good forum for networking opportunities and sharing the experience and problems, it was really wonderful"
Embassy of Nepal

Nickesha Smith (Trinidad & Tobago) and Melissa Werrett (Bristol University)

Savvas Pavlides (Cyprus) talks to Mary-Ann McClaran (Dean Close School)

"I would recommend the event to any institution interested in developing relationships with embassies"
Aston University

Melanie Gray (Wycliffe College) talks to the High Commissioner for The Seychelles Mr Patrick Pillay

"Excellent one stop place to know more on universities in UK"
Indonesian Embassy

Guy Robson from the University of Portsmouth talks to Jonibek Hikmatov (Tajikistan)

Delegates from the Thai Students Unit talk to Ghazi Lashab (Kings College London)

"The conference was very informative, enough time for networking"
Egyptian Culture Bureau

Delegates get down to some networking at the wine reception


Embassy Editor Elizabeth Stewart gives her opening remarks

Education conference scores top marks
Education attachés at London’s diplomatic mission seized the opportunity to meet representatives from over 40 of the UK’s top universities, colleges and schools at the first-ever Embassy Education Conference.
Held at the stunning Royal College of Physicians overlooking Regent’s Park, delegates heard presentations from education experts including Dr John Law, Higher Education adviser at the British Council, Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of Universities UK and David Rose, head teacher at the North London International School. Consuls who look after students also heard briefings from Jeremy Oppenheim, head of Tier 4 migration at the UK Border Agency as well as Dominic Scott, chief executive of the UK Council for International Student Affairs. The day ended with a networking wine reception and tour of the Royal College of Physicians historic collection.


The Ambassador of Eritrea Tesfamicael Gerahtu talks to Stuart Nicholson of Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies

"An invaluable opportunity to meet key contacts from embassies under one roof"
The University of York

Doris Charles (St Vincent and the Grenadines) and the High Commissioner for Jamaica Anthony Johnson

"Such events would be good forum for networking opportunities and sharing the experience and problems, it was really wonderful" Embassy of Nepal

Prof Linda Luxon of the Royal College of Physicians welcomes the delegates

"The education conference was a very good opportunity to meet schools and universities and to gain knowledge of the debate of the government and UKBA stratergies on education and international students"
Embassy of Albania

Ismara Atunes (City School of Languages), Barbara Carson (BABSSCo – Harrow School) and Sergey Anufriev (Russia)

"The event provided a useful forum for diplomats to discover what they needed to know about the various educational institutions"
Kent College

Delegates pack the auditorium at the Embassy Education Conference

"It was a helpful event for education attaches and other diplomats"
Turkish Embassy

Joanna Muldoon and Prof Douglas Bovell (Glasgow Caledonian University) talk to Dr Aiman Bin Mohamed Momenah (Saudi Arabia)

Dr John Law, HE Adviser at the British Council

"The event was focused and informative with great networking opportunities"
Amy Harris

Diplomats and education representatives do a bit of ‘speed dating’

"Really excellent and quite useful" Embassy of Nepal

Fenghe Qiao (China) and Jasmina Turajlic (Bosnia Herzegovina) swap notes

Nicola Dandridge of Universities UK

"Both informative and useful"
University of Westminster

Ambassador Tesfamicael Gerhatu of Eritrea poses a question

Arion Krasniqi (Kosovo) and the Ambassador of Kosovo Muhamet Hamiti browse through literature at the University of Edinburgh stand

Dominic Scott, CEO of UKCISA chats to Mr Talha Saeed (Pakistan)

"An event I feel we will take a higher profile at next year - a good first event. - International Community School"
International Community School

The Ambassador of Paraguay Miguel Solano Lopez and Donville Johnson (Barbados)

"The education conference was interesting, useful, well organised and informative offering opportunities for contacts"
Cyprus High Commission

Jeremy Oppenheim of the UKBA explains the new student visa policy

"A very informative and enjoyable event"
Regent's College London

Mary Mitchell (TASIS – The American School in England) meets the High Commissioner for Trinidad & Tobago Garvin Nicholas

"Really useful for making diplomatic contacts"
University of Glasgow

Sioned Evans (University of Bristol) talks to Mr Amir Sidque Mohd Amin (Malaysia)

Spanish Embassy Education Office

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