KE newsletter – October, 2017
We are pleased to say that KE’s 2018 season of academic summer programmes is now open for business! Our new brochure is ready for printing, our website is being updated, and enrolments can now be made online for all our programmes.
Our name, our logo
A few comments on the main points regarding the 2018 programmes follow below. But first of all, you may have noticed that we have a new name and a new logo. Our parent organisation is the KE Foundation, and we are now trading under that name. For most practical purposes, we will just be ‘KE’. We think the new name is simpler and less likely to lead to confusion with other organisations which feature the word ‘kingdom’ quite prominently.
Age range, 15-17
One change across all our programmes this year is that we will have just one age group: 15-17. We have found that most of our students are in this age group anyway, and having this one age group has helped us to simplify the number of programmes which we offer. (In the UK, this also means that all our students will be staying in Cambridge at some point, and taking part in two full-day trips to London, rather than staying in London and visiting Cambridge.) If a student is just a few weeks short of 15, or has just reached 18, we will consider allowing them to join, but we will ask for a teacher’s report or a short interview to check whether they are suitable.
Cultural study visits
We would like as many academically-oriented students as possible to join our programmes. But we are aware that not all the students joining KE are focused on university entry in the country visited: they may just be looking for a more purposeful summer experience, ‘a different kind of summer school’. Actually, our academic content is suitable for all students, regardless of where they plan to study; so, too, is the material on preparing for university entry in general. However, not all students want to visit university campuses, and so, in the UK and the USA, we are offering cultural study visits instead of university study visits. These alternative visits often include visits to museums or art galleries, but sometimes they are geared as much to science-oriented as to arts-oriented students, and may include, for example, a visit to a science or technology centre. Overall, they provide fascinating insights into the life and culture of the country visited.
A new centre in California
In the San Francisco area, we’re moving to a new study centre, namely, Santa Clara University. Santa Clara is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, and will enable students to experience more of what ‘the Valley’ has to offer. The campus is very tranquil and appealing, and yet it’s very conveniently located for all amenities. Here is some more information about Santa Clara, and why we were attracted to move there. We should just add that we’ll still be including visits to San Francisco, UC Berkeley, Sacramento – and of course to Silicon Valley, with at least one company visit, a visit to an interactive tech museum, and also a look at the city of San Jose.
For our third season in Canada, we’ve decided to double the opportunities! As in the USA, we will now have one programme in the West, one in the East. Both programmes run for 10 days, with a one-week course at one centre, plus a 3-to-4-day tour to explore other great places in the area. ‘Canada-East’ begins with a tour from Montreal, through Ottawa to Toronto, where we’re based at the prestigious University of Toronto. ‘Canada-West’ begins with a programme at the University of Calgary, followed by a tour through the Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. For a complete introduction, we recommend a combined, 20-day programme: ‘Canada-West’ follows on from ‘Canada-East’ (this 20-day programme will include visits to a total of 13 university campuses* and take in some of the best-known places in the whole country). It’s also possible to take a programme in the USA, and then continue in Canada.
*East: McGill, Concordia, Ottawa, Carleton, Toronto, York, McMaster, Waterloo; West: Calgary, Alberta, UBC Okanagan, UBC Vancouver, Simon Fraser
In 2017, for the first time, we invited students living in the towns where our study centres are located to join in with our programmes. These students take part in our daytime activities, then go home in the evenings. We found this year that our international students really appreciated the opportunity to meet people their own age from the local area, and so we will once again be inviting local students to join us at all our centres.
Our visits this year
Over the next six months, our management team plan to visit as many of our valued contacts, in as many countries, as possible, to talk about KE – and often other areas which may be of interest to students. If we’re going to be in the area, we should be in touch fairly soon to see whether a visit is convenient.
If you have any questions, on anything, do please contact us. Our old email addresses will still forward, but you may also wish to use our new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.