• Education Sector Signing Ceremony

    Department for International Trade
    October 2019

    Education Sector Signing Ceremony

    Department for International Trade
    October 2019

    Education remains one of Vietnam’s national priorities and a key area of cooperation between the UK and Vietnam.

    Today, in Hanoi, UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy Ed Vaizey, British Ambassador to Vietnam Gareth Ward and Vietnam’s Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha were present at a signing ceremony that would see the two countries further boost bilateral relations in the education sector.

    Whether you are looking to acquire internationally recognised skills, qualifications and education in Vietnam or to study overseas, the UK can provide world-class partners and opportunities for you to realise your educational pursuit.

  • DIT Education Quarterly Bulletin

    Department for International Trade
    July 2019

    DIT Education Quarterly Bulletin

    Department for International Trade
    July 2019


    Earlier this week DIT Education Team showcased the UK’s SEN offer at the International Conference on Special Needs (ICSE) in Indonesia. This also presented an opportunity for Geoff Gladding to engage with the South East Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) and discuss how we can build on the strengths of our current relationship on a regional basis.

    As referenced in the last edition, take-up for the international schools and HE missions to Vietnam and Cambodia in October has been hugely encouraging and we’re really excited about the programmes, which will dovetail with the signing of the UK/Vietnam Education MoU in Hanoi. In the coming months, we will be announcing our plans for Bett Asia, working with BESA on BESS Vietnam, and considering how we can complement these two events with a Wilton Park dialogue for regional Ministers.


    News Burma – DFID Skills & Productivity for Jobs Programme. A multi-million-pound fund with programmes lasting up to 5 years, aimed at vocational training, comprised of: a survey to determine industry needs; curriculum development; accreditation. The project design is in the early stages and interested providers need to be registered on DFID’s supplier web portal here.

    Education Memorandum of Understanding with Laos. The MoU stems from discussions during Education Minister Sengdeuane Lachanthaboune’s visit to the Education World Forum, and the document will provide a platform to facilitate cooperation to help Laos improve their education system through initiatives including ELT training for teachers. Contact Steffica Warwick, DIT Laos for further information on education opportunities in the market.

    Pingu’s English in Laos. Linguaphone Group’s ‘Pingu’s English’ programme has signed a partnership with Panyathip Group in Laos and the first English school will be opened in Vientiane this summer, with a view to national expansion. This partnership was made possible through an introduction by Hugh Evans, HM British Ambassador to Laos and the signing in London was witnessed by Trade Envoy Ed Vaisey. Further details here.

    Forthcoming Events

    Asian Development Bank Skills Forum, Manila, 27-29 August 2020. The overarching theme of this regional event is ‘skills in the age of digital disruption’. UK vocational training providers can register here to attend the event which offers the opportunity to engage with the ADB and recipient countries. Going forward, DIT is also keen to encourage more UK providers to register for ADB projects – click here for further information.

    Inward mission to the UK from ASEAN, Special Educational Needs, October 2019. Following our representation at ICSE this month, we have invited representatives from ASEAN nations for a programme in the margins of TES SEN in London which will include policy meetings, site visits and a networking reception. If you wish to get involved, please contact Mike Qureshi, DIT Education Team.

    Ed Tech & Schools equipment, DIT at Bett Asia, Malaysia, 4-5 March 2020. Following the March 2019 event, Education Team has already helped UK participants conclude contracts in the region. Next year, DIT will once again have a pavilion showcasing a selection of UK Ed Tech providers alongside regional DIT Education advisors. Education Team will circulate further details shortly, but in the meantime, you can register your interest with Mike Qureshi.

    To view the entire DIT Education Quarterly Update in your browser, please click the link here.

  • Pingu's English announces further ASEAN expansion

    Pingu's English
    June 2019

    Pingu's English announces further ASEAN expansion

    Pingu's English
    June 2019

    Published: 17th June 2019

    In the presence of the Rt. Hon Ed Vaizey MP, Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and His Excellency Mr Phongsavanh Sisoulath, Laos Ambassador to the UK, an exclusive contract has been signed in London between the global pre-school brand Pingu’s English from the UK, and the esteemed K&C Group from Laos.

    K&C Group is a privately owned group based in Vientiane, launched in Laos over twenty-five years ago. With over twenty-seven companies under the K&C Group, they provide a diverse range of services to the Laos market, many under a Master Franchise model.

    This exciting new international collaboration will see K&C Group act as the official Pingu’s English Master Franchisee for the whole of Laos and offer Pingu’s English international curricula to parents across Laos. They will open their first branded Pingu’s English School in Vientiane this September.

    Pingu’s English Schools have already trained over a quarter of million children in over 200 schools worldwide, through their global network of Master Franchisees.

    The Master Licensee in Laos will join a growing network of Pingu’s English ASEAN partners in:







    The network is already delivering effective English language training and kindergarten programs to young children – as well as in many other countries worldwide including China, Saudi Arabia, Italy and Lithuania.

    Speaking at the ceremony, Ms Ketsavanh Panyathip, Director of Pingu’s English School Laos said:

    “I would like to firstly express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to Rt. Hon Ed Vaizey M.P, the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as His Excellency, Mr Phongsavanh Sisoulath, Lao Ambassador to the UK today for their support, both in being here today, as well as in the months ahead as we launch this exciting venture.

    “On behalf of my partners and I, we are truly honoured to be appointed the exclusive Pingu’s English Master Franchisee for Laos and are genuinely excited to be launching our first Pingu’s English School this autumn.

    “We would like to thank the team at the Linguaphone Group for their partnership and ongoing support in our new endeavour together. We are here in London for our initial training which has been great and look forward to welcoming the Linguaphone Group back to Vientiane in a few months’ time, for a full week of training for our teachers and management. Plans are well underway with preparing the first Pingu’s English school for launch and we are excited for what the future holds for this business. May this be the beginning to a long and prosperous partnership!”

    Mr Derek Price, Chief Executive Officer with the Linguaphone Group, congratulated the team, saying:

    “It is an absolute honour to have such esteemed guests join us today to witness the official signing of Pingu’s English Laos.  With their extensive education and commercial experience in the Laotian market, combined with our first-quality curricula, business development and marketing support, we have no doubt that our collaboration here will be a winning combination.

    “This is a partnership that would not have been possible without the fantastic support provided by the British Embassy in Laos, especially Mr Hugh Evans, HM British Ambassador to Laos, who introduced K&C Group to us. We are truly grateful for their ongoing assistance with this project, as well as the Group’s growing ambitions for our brands across Laos.”

    For more information please email

  • DIT Education Quarterly Bulletin

    Department for International Trade
    April 2019

    DIT Education Quarterly Bulletin

    Department for International Trade
    April 2019

    DIT Education Quarterly Bulletin

    Greetings from Whitehall

    As you’d expect, Quarter One of 2019 has been a particularly interesting period to be in Government. In addition to all of the EU exit activity we’ve had, in January the hugely successful Education World Forum (EWF) with over 100 Education Ministers from across the globe visiting London and also the BETT trade show took place. Of particular importance to the DIT Education team, we saw the launch in March of the Government’s new International Education Strategy about which we issued a separate bulletin on publication.

    At EWF and BETT we had the opportunity to meet a large number of Ministers from around the world and made good progress, some of which we’re now turning into opportunities for UK providers to engage overseas and in the UK. We’re particularly excited about Vietnam, which has become a real focus for the UK sector’s international attention, and as a result of meetings in January, we’re now taking forward a more strategic Government to Government UK/Vietnam education partnership. See below for more details.

    The International Education Strategy seems to have been received positively across the UK sector; there are issues where parts of the sector had hoped that we might be able to go further, and we have been told of some possible omissions. But we have committed in the Strategy to provide annual updates on progress towards the actions we’ve identified and those annual updates will also give us the opportunity to address other topics that may have emerged in the intervening period across the international landscape. So it’s very much a ‘living’ document and strategy.

    Work on the FCO/DfID Skills for Prosperity programme continues to progress, and briefings are planned for the sector in the coming months. Look out for further communications soon.

    That’s about all for now; I hope that you have an opportunity to take a break in the coming weeks; we’ll be sending out our next bulletin before the Summer break.

    Geoff Gladding
    DIT Education Team Leader

    Sector News & Forthcoming Events

    Here you’ll find news about recent DIT-related activity, overseas policy changes, UK success, and upcoming events. A number of these forthcoming activities are subject to full confirmation.


    It’s been an exciting quarter for ASEAN, headlined by 8 of the 10 countries represented at Ministerial level at the EWF, allowing our Ministers to speak both bilaterally and regionally with their counterparts. Building on this, our ASEAN engagement strategy has continued apace.

    Over the last 3 months, we have undertaken a range of activities aimed at promoting UK education excellence across the region to key decision-makers. Hot on the heels of EWF and Bett, the education team hosted an intensive early years programme for a Malaysian delegation led by Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh, discussing UK policy and showcasing UK providers. Relations have now been established with UK providers and DIT Education Team are keen to further explore opportunities in this strand of education.

    Following the Ministerial meetings at EWF, we undertook a series of TVET showcases in the Malaysian State of Sarawak, followed by Burma and Vietnam – equivalent events last autumn have already resulted in UK contract success.

    In Indonesia, DIT hosted a Continuous Professional Development workshop in collaboration with the Ministry of Manpower, which included key contributions from a selection of UK providers. Elsewhere in the region, we worked on HE programmes in Laos and Cambodia, where we are witnessing a strong desire to partner on Transnational education initiatives, schools and English language training.

    Into March, where we worked with BESA on the BESS Vietnam EdTech Expo, which builds on the country’s ever-increasing interest in the UK education offer. Encouragingly, a number of MoUs at a business level were signed at the event. This was swiftly followed by Bett Asia, where DIT hosted 15 UK exhibitors on our busy pavilion who met with potential buyers and distributors from across the region.

    We were joined by HM Regional Trade Commissioner Natalie Black, who had bilaterals with visiting Ministers from Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei. We’re currently working on the follow-up from both of these events, to identify where DIT can build on the commercial leads identified.


    Linguaphone partnership in Burma. Burma’s GUSTO Education has been appointed Linguaphone‘s exclusive Master Licensee partner for Direct English across Burma. This exclusive partnership will see GUSTO College open its first Direct English training school in Yangon, before developing a nationwide education franchise presence.

    DIT Burma was involved in the selection process and Douglas Barnes, Director of the DIT Team in Rangoon, witnessed the signing ceremony, together with Mr Myo Kywe, Chairman of Burma’s National Education Policy Commission in the margins of the UK-Burma Trade & Investment Forum in London. Further details on the partnership here.

    UK Skills awarding organisation NOCN partnership agreement with Malaysia’s Smart Trends International. The agreement, signed last month, and witnessed by the Malaysian Minister for Youth and Sport, together with the British Deputy High Commissioner, will bring together leading skills development organisations from Malaysia and the UK to support the Malaysian Government’s ambitions to improve skills in key sectors. Read more here.

    QAA to review Transnational education in Malaysia. The UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education has launched its review of UK Higher Education delivered in Malaysia, the second-largest market in the world for UK universities operating overseas. About 10 sites in Malaysia will be selected for a visit by a QAA review team. Click here for further information.

    Forthcoming Events

    (TBC) Special Educational Needs mission to Malaysia & Indonesia, July 2019. Inclusivity is high on the agenda in the region along with interest in the UK’s experience in developing inclusive teaching resources for pupils with Special Educational Needs.

    We are considering recruiting a mission of UK providers to coincide with the International Conference on Special Needs, Surabaya, Indonesia. Details of the programmes will be circulated once this mission is confirmed, but in the meantime please contact Rachmalia Nikijuluw, DIT Indonesia, to register interest.

    Inward mission to the UK from ASEAN, focussing on Special Educational Needs, October 2019. A reciprocal visit from representatives from several ASEAN countries in the margins of TES SEN in London. The programme will include policy meetings, site visits and a networking reception. If you wish to get involved please contact Mike Qureshi, DIT Education Team.

    HE and Schools missions to Vietnam plus one other market, first week October 2019. Vietnam’s Education Minister attended EWF with a delegation of over 70 Ministry staff and business leaders. Around 30 MoUs were signed with a number of Vietnamese institutions, focussing on schools, English language training and HE.

    We are therefore organising two key missions to the country to coincide with the UK/Vietnam Joint Economic Trade Committee (JETCO) meeting, where education will be prominent on the Agenda. A schools mission will focus on potential Vietnamese investors, and a HE mission on partnerships in research, curriculum development and teacher development. To register your interest in either mission programme, please contact Mike Qureshi.

    DIT Education Quarterly Bulletin April 2019

  • DIT Education Bulletin – Special Edition

    Department for International Trade
    March 2019

    DIT Education Bulletin – Special Edition

    Department for International Trade
    March 2019

    DIT Education Bulletin – Special Edition

    Announcing the Launch of the International Education Strategy

    This is a supplementary sector bulletin to highlight to you the publication of the Government’s International Education Strategy at the weekend. This was written jointly by DIT and colleagues in the Department for Education and the key elements of the Strategy are set out below. We consulted groups of education sector stakeholders in the preparation of the Strategy to try to capture your key asks of Government and, so far, the Sector reaction to the publication from the sector has been positive. Click here for a link to the full strategy.

    The strategy includes several measures to help the sector maximise the potential of UK education exports abroad, including:

    Appointing a new International Education Champion to boost overseas activity by developing strong partnerships and tackling challenges across the world;

    Encouraging sector groups to bid into the £5 million GREAT Challenge Fund to promote the entire UK education offer internationally;

    Extending the period of post-study leave for international student visas, considering how the visa process could be improved for applicants and supporting student employment;

    Improving data on education exports to enhance and drive performance while also mapping out where the best opportunities lie globally and;

    Closer working across government departments on international education policy and opportunities.

    The next ‘regular’ edition of the DIT Education Sector bulletin will be issued in the next 2/3 weeks.

    Geoff Gladding
    DIT Education Team Leader

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    Access guidance on key topics such as customer insight, export finance and business planning,

    Create a free trade profile which promotes your business to overseas buyers,

    View live export opportunities from around the world and apply for contracts,

    Search for online marketplaces suitable for your products, and

    Register for events, trade missions, conferences and workshops.

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  • ICAEW signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam

    January 2019

    ICAEW signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam

    January 2019

    ICAEW signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam

    London, Jan. 22, 2019 – Today, in the witness of Minister Phung Xuan Nha and Mr. Ed Vaizey, British Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training on education development cooperation in finance and accounting in Vietnam.

    Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha informed that the Ministry of Education and Training strongly supported industry-university links, given the fact that while Vietnamese students may do well academically, they lack necessary professional skills.

    These are disruptive links that help enhance the quality of education for Vietnamese students. Working in partnership with ICAEW, a prestigious international professional institution with more than 150,000 chartered accountant members all over the world, including Vietnam, is highly significant.

    The Minister highly values the quality of ICAEW certificates and encourages economics and finance universities and colleges in Vietnam to incorporate ICAEW’s programmes in their syllabi.

    The purposes of this MoU is to implement and promote the Vietnam national education framework for the finance-accounting major degree programme and to develop learning outcome standards for the finance-accounting major degree programme which would meet industry requirements.

    One of the key objectives of this agreement is to jointly provide an HEI-Industry link which could support finance – accounting students in securing internship and career opportunities within Vietnam and the South East Asia region.

    Added to that, both parties will also jointly develop professional resources in finance and accounting by offering assistance of ICAEW to universities in Vietnam.

    ICAEW Memorandum Press Release

  • British University Vietnam Partners with Kortext

    January 2019

    British University Vietnam Partners with Kortext

    January 2019

    The British University Vietnam has selected Kortext to accelerate the digitisation of the learning experience and widen access to core digital content.

    A signing ceremony has taken place today, Tuesday 22nd January 2019, at Senate House, University of London between the British University Vietnam (BUV) and Kortext Limited (Kortext).

    BUV has agreed to partner with Kortext in an institution-wide scheme that combines a world-leading digital content and personal study platform with digital learning content from the world’s leading educational publishers.

    The project will provide a digital-first learning experience for all BUV’s students by supplying digital content from publishers such as Pearson, Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, and Cambridge University Press, amongst others as students study for British degrees.

    The official launch of the partnership will be in April 2019, when BUV will become the first Higher Education institution in Vietnam, and one of the first in the ASEAN region, to provide its students with digital learning materials only.

    Professor Ray Gordon, the Vice-Chancellor and President of BUV, said: “This partnership with Kortext aligns directly with BUV’s positioning and mission. The University is positioned as the University providing learning pathways that shape students for life and work in Vietnam and the region’s emerging digital economy.”

    The Chief Academic Officer and Founding Dean of BUV, Christopher Jeffrey, said: “BUV has embarked on an exciting expansion programme and has recently moved to a new “state of the art” EcoPark development campus near Hanoi that was officially opened in September 2018.

    The prioritisation of the students’ learning experience as they study for their British degree has underpinned this expansion to both attract the top students and to prepare these students for the modern digital workplace and to help them compete on a global basis.

    It is clear to see that digital delivery of, and access to, digital content would be integral to a modern student’s learning experience. We are delighted to have partnered with Kortext as their world-class digital content and learning platform will benefit every student.”

    James Gray, CEO and Founder of Kortext, said “This is a historic day. We are honoured and excited by this opportunity to deliver digital content to all students at BUV which is a first for the country of Vietnam. We see the ASEAN region as being of vital importance to Kortext and we are delighted that BUV has selected Kortext as their partner.”

    Ed Vaizey, Trade Envoy to Vietnam and Representative of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said: “I am also delighted to witness this historic signing and it builds on the already strong ties that BUV has with the world-class University of London. Anglo Vietnamese relationships are growing stronger year by year.

    In education, we have the best education system, the best universities, the best educational publishers and the best Edtech companies. In a post Brexit era, developing and building long term strategic relationships with countries such as Vietnam are vital for the long term future of the UK.”

    British University Vietnam Partners with Kortext

  • Education Quarterly Bulletin

    Department for International Trade
    December 2018

    Education Quarterly Bulletin

    Department for International Trade
    December 2018

    So where did 2018 go? As we predicted last time, the past few months have indeed been an extraordinarily busy time across the Education sector, and thus for this team. It always seems that the ‘Autumn term’ incorporates the majority of annual conferences as well as other key events.

    So it’s been full-on and things aren’t expected to let up any time soon, with the annual Bett Global (formerly Bett London) show in January in London as well as a host of other events planned for Q1 2019.

    A few highlights of some of the things that have been on our radar and which I’m sure will be of interest:

    DIT are working with DfID and FCO on the Skills for Prosperity initiative, a £75M fund designed to support nine middle-income countries (South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Mexico, Brazil, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia) to tackle skills gaps, with a focus on creating sustainable and inclusive growth drawing on UK expertise.

    The selection of a global hub contractor to manage the programme began this month and the recruitment of local intervention delivery partners will begin in Spring next year and will be advertised on DFID’s Supplier portal.

    On behalf of the sector, we’ve been working to understand the implications of a recent change in Government policy in China that looks to potentially restrict the participation of UK (and other international) Early Years providers. There’s more detail below in the body of the bulletin.

    As I mention above, Bett Global (and the Education World Forum, taking place in the same week) loom large in our thinking right now. As always, it’s our intention to maximise the opportunity for the UK education sector to engage with visiting senior delegations and buyers.

    Our Ministers are keen on this team to promote the ‘export’ opportunity as widely as possible to the UK sector; in the New Year our Specialists representing the HE and TVET sectors will be on the road around the UK for a series of briefings to UK providers to highlight the opportunities we see for the sector around the world and particularly in our key, global campaign markets. Details will be circulated after the Christmas break on our website and via our regional colleagues around the UK.

    The team here at DIT wishes you a happy and peaceful Holiday season and we look forward to continuing to support the UK education sector in 2019. Onwards and upwards!

    Geoff Gladding
    DIT Education Team Leader


    We’ve already seen strong overseas interest following our DIT Specialist’s TVET roadshow in Thailand, Malaysia and Philippines which offered us the opportunity to further engage with the HR Division within the new Malaysian administration and the wider South East Asia Education Ministers Organisation (SEAMEO) in Manila.  We’re hopeful that some of the Ministers will come to London for January’s Education World Forum.

    In September our Higher Education Specialist Aisling Conboy took part in the Chartered Association of Business Schools workshop ‘Focus on Vietnam’ at the University of Liverpool’s London Campus highlighting the many opportunities Vietnam’s rapidly growing education market offers.

    October was also a busy month for our teams in HCMC and Hanoi, who organised showcases on the UK’s expertise in TVET and Ed Tech for schools – we were pleased too that Trade Envoy Ed Vaizey was able to participate. Our Schools Specialist Vipul Bhargava was also in town to scope the potential for local investment in international schools – he will issue a brief on the outcomes in the new year.

    Finally, after many years of great service to the UK education community, Asa Chotchakornpant has departed DIT Thailand – our new education contact in Bangkok is Mark Smithson.


    Pearson to implement BTECs in Thailand. DIT has supported Pearson in their on-going engagement with the Federation of Thai Industries and the Board of Trade of Thailand, which has resulted in the Thai Ministry of Education recognising BTEC qualifications nationwide. The pilot implementation of this exciting development commences this month, with a view to Pearson providing BTECs to 800 vocational institutes in Thailand. Further information here.

    People 1st to support the Philippines in construction skills. People 1st International has been appointed by the Philippine Constructors Association to develop a management training programme that will transform the skills of local supervisory level construction workers. Find out more here.

    The Philippines eases education restrictions in Negative List. Executive Order 65 eases restrictions on foreign businesses operating in certain areas of education. Up to 100% foreign participation will now be allowed in teaching at HE level, provided the course is not a professional subject. Related article in BusinessWorld.

    Malaysia’s 2019 Education budget. The Education Ministry is the biggest recipient in the budget, with an allocation of RM60bn (over £11bn) or 19% of total government spending to fund TVET, scholarships and enable those from disadvantaged backgrounds to go to school. Click here for a related article in the New Straits Times.

  • The Future of ASEAN-UK Cooperation, Post-Brexit: Minister Field

    Foreign & Commonwealth Office
    November 2018

    The Future of ASEAN-UK Cooperation, Post-Brexit: Minister Field

    Foreign & Commonwealth Office
    November 2018

    FCO Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field gave a speech to the Chatham House and SIIA UK-ASEAN dialogue in Singapore on 8 November.

    Good morning and thank you to Chatham House and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs for hosting this expert gathering. I know a great deal of time and effort has gone into arranging it, and it could not have been better timed.

    The UK is making greater efforts than ever to broaden our international horizons and deepen our global partnerships, preparing the way for a new approach once we have left the EU. Strengthening our relationship with the ASEAN community is a really important part of that, so I am delighted to have the chance to hear your thoughts on how we might go about it.

    There is an excellent range of topics on your agenda today. Over the next 15 minutes or so I should like to touch on just some of them, to offer some food for thought.

    Since being appointed as Minister for Asia and the Pacific almost 18 months ago I have made it my personal mission to visit as many countries of the region as humanly possible, and to engage, face to face, with my ministerial counterparts.

    Within the first year or so I achieved my key ambition of visiting all ten members of ASEAN at least once.

    This is already my second visit to Singapore, and over the course of two frantic weeks in August, I visited Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

    To view the entire speech, please click here

  • Department for International Trade

    October 2018

    Department for International Trade

    October 2018

    Decree 86, International Schools Vietnam.

    The Decree, which replaced Decree 73, came into effect in September 2018. Essentially this allows for an increase in the number of Vietnamese students allowed to enrol in local international schools to up to 49% of the school population. For further information on this, and wider education opportunities in Vietnam, contact Ho Phuong, DIT Ho Chi Minh City.

    To view the Decree, please click here

  • University of Bedfordshire Graduation Ceremony of “Bachelor of Business Studies”

    October 2018

    University of Bedfordshire Graduation Ceremony of “Bachelor of Business Studies”

    October 2018

    On 1st October 2018, the Faculty of International Education, Foreign Trade University (FTU) organised the Graduation Ceremony of “Bachelor of Business Studies” in cooperation with the University of Bedfordshire. The Ceremony welcomed representatives from the University of Bedfordshire, UK Embassy in Vietnam, Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training, other embassies in Hanoi and partner universities.

    To view the press release, please click here

  • Learning Indonesian with the University of Nottingham

    October 2018

    Learning Indonesian with the University of Nottingham

    October 2018

    Indonesia, one of the world’s major emerging economies, is a country rich in culture and diversity. Take part in a rare and unique opportunity to learn the Indonesian culture & language. Online registration opens from 6th August. The course features a 10 weeks intensive culture and language class starting on 9th October 2018. The class will be run from 6.30pm-8.30pm on Tuesdays. Cost: £50 per person.

    For more information please call +44 (0) 115 74 84176. Visit:

    Learning Indonesian at UoN – October 2018

  • Pingu’s English inaugurates Flagship International School and Kindergarten in Cambodia

    September 2018

    Pingu’s English inaugurates Flagship International School and Kindergarten in Cambodia

    September 2018

    Phnom Penh, 10th September 2018 – Pingu’s English, the international leaders in teaching English as a Foreign Language for kids, launched its first educational centre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in September. The state-of-the-art Cambodian centre incorporates the English for kids program and the Kindergarten program, which are both designed to deliver solid and proven curricula through a learn-by-play approach that helps kids to stand out from the crowd in an ever-more competitive world.

    This key event was attended by Ms Tina Redshaw, HM British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, Ms Nipoan Chheng, Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce of Cambodia, and Derek Price, CEO from Linguaphone Group’s Headquarters in the UK, the parent company of Pingu’s English.

    “English is now an essential skill for every career and kids can now master it from a young age in a fun way with an international brand that provides English teaching and kindergartens to kids all over the world,” said Ms Sodanin Sieng, Pingu’s English Master Licensee Cambodia. “Phnom Penh is the ideal location to launch the first Pingu’s English International School as Cambodian parents here are looking for an international school that will recognise their children’s limitless potential, help to deliver a bright future, and promote important family values, friendship and a healthy lifestyle.”

    “With only 10 students per class, the qualified teachers at Pingu’s English will use Pingu’s English proven methodologies to build the kids’ confidence. We are very proud to now have Pingu’s English brand here in Cambodia.”

    The launch of the flagship international centre in Cambodia is a significant step in the company’s planned expansion into Asia and will build on the success of the Pingu’s English kindergarten program, launched in November 2017.

    To view the publication, please click here

  • Education Quarterly Bulletin

    Department for International Trade
    September 2018

    Education Quarterly Bulletin

    Department for International Trade
    September 2018

    With a new academic year beginning, we’d like to welcome you to the fourth edition of the DIT Education team Quarterly Bulletin.

    A couple of staff changes in the team to report: we’re delighted to announce that Mark Henebury has joined from Loughborough College as our English Language Training Specialist. Our Middle East/North Africa manager Eli Kruse has moved on and we’ll be hoping to announce a successor soon. Another recent joiner is Elizabeth Houghton, who will be attached to our MENA team with a particular focus on Saudi Arabia, as well as supporting broader policy initiatives in the team.

    Our mission to SE Asia for a group of UK Chartered Institutes was a great success; we’re aiming to take another cohort of Chartered Institutes to China in Q1 2019. We’ve been encouraged by our engagement around skills development, particularly in SE Asia where the UK offer in this sector hasn’t perhaps been as well understood as it might. We believe that we’ve been able to raise the UK’s profile in a number of markets where there are significant skills reform programmes that could open the door to UK participation. Please contact Mike Qureshi if you’d like to be involved.

    We’re now gearing up for the two BETT shows, in Malaysia and London as well as the Education World Forum; as always, it’s our intention to maximise the opportunity for interaction with visiting senior delegations and buyers. And we’re gearing up for our Saudi Education week (more detail in the body of the bulletin) that promises to be a very valuable event for large parts of the sector interested in working in the Kingdom.

    We’ve now pretty much finalised the team’s programme of activity until the end of the calendar year. And please monitor the Exporting is GREAT website for more details of events, opportunities and other items which you may find useful, including the recent launch of the Government’s Export Strategy. In this context, we are reviewing the Government’s 2013 International Education strategy to see how this might be made even more relevant to the current global landscape.

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  • The latest good news from Pingu’s English

    August 2018

    The latest good news from Pingu’s English

    August 2018

    “The latest good news from Pingu’s English, this time from Vietnam who successfully launched their first school in Hanoi on the 15th August. Mr Steph Lysaght, Deputy Head of Mission, at the British Embassy in Hanoi, attended the grand opening, along with Ms Lucy Mills from Linguaphone Group Ltd, and representatives from the Ministry of Education amongst others. The launch was covered on national TV and has already been publicised by DIT Hanoi.”

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  • UK Professional Standards Bodies Unite for First Ever Joint Trade Mission

    April 2018

    UK Professional Standards Bodies Unite for First Ever Joint Trade Mission

    April 2018

    Six UK Chartered bodies visited Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam from 16-20 April 2018 to meet with industry, higher education and policymakers to promote British Chartered standards and to boost international ties.

    Working with the British Council and the British Chamber of Commerce, the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) led the government’s first-ever overseas trade delegation to promote the British professional Chartered bodies to explore how the UK can support local training and vocational education development.

    The five-day tour in mid-April saw DIT representatives and senior executives from six of the UK’s largest Chartered bodies meet with employers, higher education institutions, and policymakers in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

    Chartered Bodies are a key component of the UK’s global leadership in setting international people, ethical and technical standards that drive best practice. Covering professions ranging from management to accountancy, engineering and surveying, Chartered status for individuals is prestigious, coveted and trusted. They also play a critical role in capacity building, helping economies to grow, driving educational standards and innovation, and supporting common governance standards to support trade.

    “Chartered Professional Bodies are a great UK creation, with the global reputation and reach to drive international standards of professionalism” Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade, commented:

    “They provide opportunities for high-value partnerships with Universities, Government and Employers in South East Asia. They also play a critical role in capacity building, helping economies to grow, driving educational standards and innovation, and supporting common governance standards to support trade.”

    Ann Francke, Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute, said: “Chartered professions set the standard for skills and excellence across a wide range of careers, from management to engineering. Achieving Chartered status means working to the highest internationally recognised professional standard, and is a competitive advantage for workers and business alike.

    Increasing the availability of Chartered bodies’ standards, education programmes and networks in South East Asia is an important aim of this trade mission and we hope we can continue to strengthen trading links as well as building capacity and capabilities locally.”

    The intensive mission programme, which involved a mix of roundtables, 1-2-1s and networking events, was a huge success with large numbers of local universities, Polytechnics and employers in each market demonstrating a keenness to partner with the UK institutes.  DIT is now developing a strategy to progress relationships forged with overseas during the week and to consider a follow-up later in this year.

    The six Chartered Institutes involved were:

    • The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development – the professional body for HR and people development
    • The Chartered Insurance Institute – the premier professional organisation in the insurance and financial services industry
    • The Chartered Management Institute – the only Chartered professional body for management and leadership
    • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales – world-leaders in the accountancy and finance profession
    • The Institution of Engineering and Technology – the largest multi-disciplinary professional engineering institution in the world
    • The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – the world’s leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property, infrastructure and construction
  • Education Quarterly Bulletin

    Department for International Trade
    April 2018

    Education Quarterly Bulletin

    Department for International Trade
    April 2018

    Welcome to the third edition of the DIT Education Team Quarterly Bulletin. Another busy few months and no chance of easing gently into the New Year as the Education World Forum and BETT London both took place in the third week of January. Many of you will have attended these events and, as always, we’d be interested to hear your feedback. The DIT team facilitated meetings with some 50 senior international visitors and a sizeable proportion of the 600 BETT exhibitors, over 200 of whom had 1 -2- 1 meetings with international buyers or influencers.

    You may have seen that the Department for Education released the latest education export statistics in February, highlighting that education exports were valued at £19.3Bn in 2015, an increase of 3% over the 2014 figures and around 20% increase since 2010. 2016 figures are expected to be published later this year.

    We have a new Minister in DIT who will lead our activity in the Education sector; Graham Stuart MP is a former Chair of the House of Commons Education Select Committee and has already undertaken a range of engagements with the education sector, including renewing his acquaintance with the BETT London show.

    You will have read about the prominence of education activity in both the Prime Minister’s visit to China in January and also in the inward visit of the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    As we’re now into a new DIT financial year, we’ll shortly be finalising our list of planned activities for the year ahead to support your export plans and to build on the Government to Government relationships that we hope will facilitate an even more successful 2018/19. Please monitor the Exporting is GREAT website for more details of our forthcoming events and activities.

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  • New Partnership to Support Learners and Advance Thailand 4.0

    March 2018

    New Partnership to Support Learners and Advance Thailand 4.0

    March 2018

    Thai Government and Pearson sign MoU

    The Kingdom of Thailand’s Minister for Education, Teerakiat Jareonsettasin today witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop world-first, world-class vocational study for local learners to clear their pathway to employability and drive economic growth.

    The MoU, a partnership between the Ministry of Education and Pearson, was signed at the Wilton Park Summit in Bangkok. The event brings together leaders in education, government and business across the region and the United Kingdom to discuss potential partnerships such as these.

    Pearson and the Ministry of Education will pilot BTEC short courses that reflect the priority sectors as outlined in the Eastern Economic Corridor plan – an ambitious policy which aims to develop the three eastern provinces of Thailand into an ASEAN economic zone.

    Dr Jareonsettasin said: “There is no better time to put Thailand at the heart of your education investment. The Thai government is doing its utmost to provide the best opportunities, privileges, incentives and, above all, the commitment to make our collaboration the best we can.

    “We are open for business and welcome world-class, high potential education providers from around the world to help us improve STEM education quality, upgrade our industries and realise the Thailand 4.0 goal.”

    Managing Director Pearson Asia Pacific, David Barnett said: “Pearson is delighted to be a part of ushering Thailand into a new economic era through advances in education, by providing much needed technical skills for the workforce.

    “The Kingdom of Thailand is particularly supportive of learners and employers to make sure they work together to ensure national and individual prosperity.

    “It is government-led initiatives like this that bring together business and learners to promote TVET as a pathway to a better life.

    “Pearson is very involved in working closely with governments, multilateral organisations business partners to promote  TVET as a pathway to a better life.

    “Through qualifications such as Edexcel, BTEC and LCCI, we offer learners a clear pathway to higher education, skills for the future and worker mobility.”

    Geoff Gladding, Head of the Department for International Trade’s Education Team, said: “We are delighted that Pearson and the Thai Ministry of Education are signing this Memorandum today.

    “The Education and skills necessary to prepare students to make their contribution to Thailand’s 4.0 vision are a key priority for the Ministry of Education and we hope that this arrangement with Pearson will help to develop new ideas and future partnerships.

    “The British skills system, with its inherent flexibility and clear roles for industry, government and students has much to contribute to Thailand’s future economic prosperity and growth.”

  • Education Quarterly Bulletin

    Department for International Trade
    December 2017

    Education Quarterly Bulletin

    Department for International Trade
    December 2017

    Welcome to the second edition of the DIT Education Team Quarterly Bulletin. We’re pleased that you seem to welcome this additional channel of communication and we’re very grateful for the feedback you’ve sent in. Thanks very much for this; we’re always trying to improve our outreach and to provide you with the news and information you want to receive, so your views are very important to us.

    Life for the team here, like for all of you I guess, is constantly busy but it always seems that the ‘Autumn Term’ period of the year is the most hectic – there’s such a lot happening between September and December.

    In this issue, we’ve highlighted news and success stories from the sector, along with an update on our High-Value Campaign activity and the events with which we’ve been involved or that we’re planning. You may have seen that a new body, the DIT Education Sector Advisory Group, chaired by our Minister Mark Garnier, has been announced to give a voice in Government to the sector around international activity. We’ll include a report from the inaugural meeting of that group in the next edition.

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  • Education High Value Campaign in ASEAN

    Identifying Export Opportunities for UK Businesses

    Education High Value Campaign in ASEAN

    Identifying Export Opportunities for UK Businesses

    As part of the Department for International Trade’s long-term plan, their overseas teams, working with the Education Team in London and regional colleagues, assisted UK companies in winning contracts worth over £150m in 2016/17 and have identified further opportunities of over £50m in 2017/18.

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  • Speech by the Rt Hon Liam Fox MP

    Secretary of State for International Trade
    October 2017

    Speech by the Rt Hon Liam Fox MP

    Secretary of State for International Trade
    October 2017

    Good evening. It is a real pleasure to be here, addressing representatives of one of the UK’s most important sectors.

    There is a fashion among many sectors to say that they are ‘forward-looking’, but in the case of education, it is quite literally true.

    No other industry is as concerned with the future. Education rests entirely on unlocking future potential, investing in people not for short-term gain, but for rewards which are spread over a lifetime.

    It is an honour to support an industry that has such a transformative effect upon the lives of millions.

    People not involved in education often refer to ‘The UK Education Sector’ as if it were a homogeneous group.

    In fact, as we all know, education encompasses a wide variety of sectors, each with their own markets, offerings and success stories.

    Higher education cannot be classified alongside English Language Training. Schools cannot be grouped together with Technical and Vocational Training, or with Educational Technology.

    In fact, today’s event offers a rare chance for all of these sectors to come together, providing you all with an unprecedented opportunity to explore the whole of the world-class UK education offering.

    That is why, as Secretary of State for International Trade I was so eager to be here this evening to address you.

    I wanted the opportunity to set out just how vital this sector is for the UK’s future trading relationships.

    My Department for International Trade’s vision is of the United Kingdom trading its way to prosperity, stability and security.

    Our mission is to help businesses export, drive investment, open up markets and champion free trade.

    This country is opening a new chapter in its history. If we are to realise the opportunities that Brexit has brought us, we must be ready to expand our trading relationships around the world with old friends and new allies.

    Trade is the driver of this nation’s wealth, offering vast economic benefits, as well as transforming the lives of ordinary people across the UK.

    Our mission is a vital one if we are to project this country’s prosperity throughout the 21st century.

    Clearly, the education sector has a vital role to play in achieving this ambition.

    The UK is a world leader in education exports. It is safe to say that, anywhere in the world that people are learning, British education is in demand.

    Our Higher Education is delivered in all but five countries in the world.

    Our school-level K-12 Curriculum is the most popular globally, and thousands of schools are based upon the ‘British Model’.

    Half of Europe’s fastest-growing education technology companies are based in the UK.

    As head of a department responsible for boosting Britain’s exports, the success of the education sector is to me, a demonstration of what can be achieved.

    These are truly remarkable achievements. They are a testament to the high quality of UK education, and adaptability that makes it suited to any nation.

    It is also a clear reflection of the fact that British education is the most famous on earth.

    Our schools and universities are household names in countries thousands of miles from the United Kingdom.

    Many of our higher education institutions boast more Nobel Prize winners than entire nations.

    This aspect of education reveals another vital strength of UK education – its enhancement of Britain’s global reputation, and a driver of our soft power.

    The 21st Century will undoubtedly see a new global economic order emerge, as the economies of Asia, Africa and South America expand.

    If Britain is to remain a leading global nation, then we must be able to build successful trading relationships with these nations.

    Fortunately, the world’s developing economies, as well as existing powers such as China, are already talking about the advantage of the UK’s world-leading education exports.

    Many of the future political and business leaders are learning a British curriculum, learning in a British school, or attending a British higher education institution.

    The bonds of familiarity and friendship with the United Kingdom will be invaluable. The UK education sector is creating a generation of young people with a personal connection to Britain.

    These relationships will come to fruition, and will undoubtedly play a central role in this country’s future diplomatic and economic success.

    Yet there is always more to do. The global opportunities available to the education sector are vast, and the demand almost limitless.

    The Department for International Trade is keen to see even more UK education companies exporting.

    My department offers practical help and support to all exporters, whether looking to expand a large operation or exploring overseas markets for the first time.

    We have a full complement of specialists, covering each of the five main education subsectors, and we will link providers up with one of the world’s largest and most revered diplomatic networks, active in 108 markets around the globe.

    This network is already helping over 100 UK schools make their international expansion journey.

    We already boast a wide range of individual TVET organisations, each of which is successful internationally.

    But perhaps it could be argued that we have lacked strategic international UK skills offerings that would permit us to engage in broader-based, larger-scale programmes overseas.

    It is for that reason that tonight I am delighted to announce the launch of the UK Skills Partnership.

    The partnership has brought together the sector in order to shape and form a more coherent UK Technical and Vocational Education and Training offer.

    The member organisations of the UK Skills Partnership will work together in a positive, collaborative and non-competitive way to build the UK TVET sector capacity, reach and engagement in international activities.

    They will provide collective insight on matters relating to vocational skills development in international markets.

    And they will develop and act as an advocate for the UK’s TVET offer internationally.

    I urge you all to find out more about engaging with the UK Skills partnership. More information is available at their stand, at the edge of this room.

    Last year’s referendum has given this opportunity to build a new, outward-looking Britain – a country that embraces the opportunities of the world.

    For the first time in more than four decades, we will have a fully independent trade policy. This means that we will be able to design trading conditions that will not only benefit this country’s economy but also its businesses and consumers.

    We will use our influence to open new markets across the world to British businesses, bringing a new era of prosperity to them, and to this country.

    My Department’s task is to build a truly global Britain. To succeed, we need the support of Britain’s world-beating education sector. In turn, we will do everything in our power to help you export, expand, and succeed.

    This country has been given a golden opportunity to shape not only our own future but the future of global trade.

    Get it right, and our reward will be a safer, more secure, and more prosperous Britain for the next generation.

    And now I’d like to hand over to Geoff Gladding who leads the DIT Education sector team, to tell you a little more about me Department’s offer to you.

  • Education Quarterly Bulletin

    Department for International Trade
    September 2017

    Education Quarterly Bulletin

    Department for International Trade
    September 2017

    Welcome to the first edition of the Department for International Trade’s Education Team quarterly newsletter. DIT is the government department responsible for promoting UK trade & investment around the world and the Education Team’s focus is to promote the UK education offer internationally and help the UK win business.

    We have teams based in the UK and overseas who can work with the education sector and are strategically placed to support both exporters and buyers in developing long-term relationships.

    In this issue, we will outline our key global, education High-Value Campaigns (HVCs), strategies for success and publicise some key upcoming events.

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  • Pingu’s English Master Franchisee Appointed for Cambodia

    British Chamber of Commerce Cambodia
    July 2017

    Pingu’s English Master Franchisee Appointed for Cambodia

    British Chamber of Commerce Cambodia
    July 2017

    Young children across Cambodia will soon be able to learn English with Pingu, thanks to a new and exclusive Master Franchise announced today by the Linguaphone Group.

    Sok Im Holding, a holding company with investments across a diverse range of key growth sectors, including telecommunications, trading, and hospitality has been appointed the exclusive Master Franchise partner for Pingu’s English across Cambodia.

    The Cambodian-based company has extensive experience in managing international brands, as well as building substantial businesses from scratch. Headed up by Ms Sodanin Sieng, Pingu’s English Cambodia will launch their first Pingu’s English School in central Phnom Penh early next year. They will also offer Pingu’s English Unit Franchise opportunities to investors across Cambodia.

    Announcing the partnership today, Derek Price, CEO of the Linguaphone Group said:

    “Appointing a partner for Cambodia has been a key target for the Linguaphone Group’s expansion plans across South-East Asia (SEA) this year. We are therefore delighted to welcome such a strong partner to the Pingu’s English family today. Launching our pre-school brand in Cambodia early next year will further build on our existing strong presence in the ASEAN markets of Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand.

    I would also like to pay credit to the British Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia, who made the initial introduction to our new Pingu’s English partner here. The Chamber’s support, professionalism and insight into the Cambodian market has been invaluable, and we look forward to working with them and our new partner there, to bring Pingu’s English to Cambodia in the months ahead.”

    Commenting on their appointment, Ms Sodanin Sieng, Pingu’s English Master Franchisee for Cambodia said:

    “Sok Im Holding was always keen to expand our business into the education sector – we were just looking for the right opportunity. When the chance to secure the Pingu’s English Master Franchise came up, we were beyond excited!

    There is nothing like Pingu’s English in Cambodia. Not only is the teaching style unique and interactive for children, but the full range of support offered to us by the Linguaphone Group is very comprehensive. “We are very excited to launch Pingu’s English here early next year, and then develop and expand Pingu’s English throughout Cambodia in the years ahead!”

    Mr Ritchie Munro, Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia added:

    “We have developed a fantastic working relationship with the Linguaphone Group, and together our teams have worked tirelessly to appoint this strong, reputable partner for Pingu’s English in Cambodia.

    Cambodia has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. We also have a young and dynamic population; with over 50% of the country under the age of 25. In our opinion, this makes Cambodia a perfect place for Pingu’s English to launch.

    So, we could not be happier with this announcement today, and are so proud that we have been able to contribute to bringing a leading British education brand such as Pingu’s English to Cambodia.”

    Pingu’s English is a three-level pre-school English language program for 3-8+ years. It is already transforming the way that young children learn English in over twenty countries worldwide, using the entertaining and loveable character, Pingu™.

    Pingu’s English is produced by the Linguaphone Group, a global language training provider with a presence in over 40 countries worldwide, and over 110 years of experience in the language training sector.