Mick Howarth, the Director General of Global Education Study Centres (inc Global Veritas Education Consultants Ltd) offers the following insight and overview into the groups business.
Is Global Education Study Centres an accredited organisation?
Global Education Study Centres (inc Global Veritas Education Consultants Ltd) has business registrations in Nigeria, Cameroon and Ghana. Mick Howarth (Director) is also on the British Council approved agents list as an advanced agent(the only UK based agent operating in West Africa) and this can be checked at http://www.bcagent.info/gal/
How long has this group been in West Africa?
Global Education Study Centres (inc Global Veritas Education Consultants Ltd) opened its first offices in Port Harcourt and Lagos in 2006 and we now have four offices in total. We opened our Cameroon office in Douala in 2007 and are the only UK based educational agency in that country.
What is the main business activity?
We are educational advisors for potential students who wish to study overseas. We take students through initial academic assessment and educational advice, recommend suitable institutions, courses and country, place an application, outline all financial requirements and finally if all is in order we place a visa application.
What are your main markets?
Our major market is the United Kingdom which accounts for 60% of our activity. We also deal with students who may wish to study in USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Russia, China, Cyprus, Germany, Caribbean and other countries on request.
What is the success rate of students who apply to study overseas?
We have a 98% success rate on visa applications for the UK and we are very proud of that record. We have a similar success rate in all other countries. In Cyprus its 100%.
How do you promote your business to intending students?
We work with a number of high-quality institutions in all our markets. We regularly receive delegates from our partners who carry out presentations and interviews in our offices. These are promoted through newspapers advertisements, radio announcements and internet/email announcements.
Who are your major partners?
We have around forty UK partners with Coventry University, Salford University, Birmingham City University and UCLAN rated as our top destinations of study in the UK. In other countries are main partners are:
- Australia – University of Tasmania
- China – Lianong/Shenyang Universities
- Russia – St Petersburg Universities
- Ireland – Dublin Business School/Griffith College
- Cyprus – UCLAN Campus/Alexandra College
- USA – Studygroup partners
- Canada – Conestoga/Algonquin Colleges
- Caribbean – A number of medical colleges.
What manner of challenges has it encountered?
Our major challenge is the constant changing of visa regulations. For example this year alone the UK has gone through a series of amendments to the regulations with further changes due in the near future.
How has it been able to over come those challenges?
It’s my role as the DG to ensure that I keep all my staff fully up to date with the ever-changing requirements of the various immigration rules in all our markets. I recently passed and have been accredited as an advanced agent by the British Council the first in the UK!! Many potential students fall into the wrong hands and are badly advised and the penalties are very severe if a student submits any fake documents or does not complete forms honestly and with due diligence then a long ban is imposed and the family is shamed.
What level of co-operation has it received from do you get from government bodies?
For the UK, I am in regular contact with the embassies to clarify any new rules that may have been added or changed with respect to visa applications. I also visit many of my partner institutions in the UK to discuss student issues to ensure that all our students settle down well on arrival.
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