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DIT Education Quarterly Update – July 2019


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Fri, 19 Jul. 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 NeedsOctober 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.

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