This is the last KE newsletter before the summer season begins, and as usual things are getting busier…
Where we have space…
Bookings generally came in earlier this year, and some of our programmes, and courses within particular programmes, are now almost full. Our 2-week programmes for 16-18 year-olds in the UK have proven to be the most popular so far, and we just have the odd space left. Otherwise, there is still space on all the programmes, but places on individual courses within programmes may not be available for much longer.
We would like to remind all our clients that we can only confirm enrolments when we have received full payment of the fees. To make sure that you have secured your place on a programme, and on particular courses within that programme, please do make the payment. Various means of payment are available – please contact Jennifer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
Increasingly, we are referring to ourselves by our initials ‘KE’ as well as ‘Kingdom Education’. A number of our contacts have asked whether we have links with certain religious organisations. We are aware that there is another organisation operating in certain parts of the world with the same name, and which does have a religious agenda.
KE – let’s use this name! – has purely academic, social and cultural interests, and we don’t have any religious or political affiliations. We welcome students from all national and religious backgrounds, and our staff also come from very diverse backgrounds.
This year, for the first time, we are inviting local students to join our programmes. At certain centres, in both the UK and in North America, a small number of students attending local schools will be joining us just for our daytime classes, activities and study visits. To make sure that we choose the right students to join us, we are interviewing all of them and asking them about their academic interests and aspirations. We are also making it clear that we expect them to engage with our international students and exchange experiences regarding their lives and studies in their respective countries. In this way, we hope to enhance significantly the KE experience for our international students.
A new direction for KE
KE has now reached an agreement with Ming Chuan University in Taiwan to set up foundation and degree-level programmes in conjunction with universities in the UK. Students attending this University (who actually come from a wide range of countries) will be able to transfer seamlessly at different stages of their careers to complete their degrees in the UK. KE is currently negotiating with two other institutions to set up comparable programmes.
This is an exciting new development for KE. This year will be the fifth in which we have provided tailor-made summer programmes for groups of university students, and we are thrilled to be expanding significantly in this area.
Cultural and sporting support
KE, with its sister organisations, supports a number of international activities.
In April, KE arranged a very successful tour of Taiwan by the famous choir of Queen’s College, Oxford – a college with which KE has been working for a number of years now. A series of concerts were arranged and well-attended.
As in the past, KE has also been supporting the development of cricket in China, and another in a series of visits will soon be made to China, and this time also Korea, by Mr Mike Gatting, former captain of the England cricket team. (Yes, that most English of games is proving to be increasingly popular in Asia!)