‘Brexit’ British unis lose out in Azerbaijan Scholarship programme

The government of Azerbaijan has announced a new postgraduate scholarship programme, to be jointly run under the administration of Azerbaijan Youth Foundation (Masters) and the Ministry of Education (PhD’s).

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Levant Education have organised high level education exhibitions in Azerbaijan since 2012. 

While this is good news for talented undergraduates aiming to continue their academic career abroad, the announcement is not all good news for foreign universities.

The UK, traditionally the favourite destination for Azerbaijani students, has seen the number of ‘approved’ universities reduced to just 11, compared to around 40 the last time the government ran a similar programme. The eleven universities approved to receive Azerbaijani sponsored students are:

1. Imperial College London 2. King’s College London 3. London School of Economics and Political Science 4. UCL 5. University of Bristol 6. University of Cambridge 7. University of Edinburgh 8. University of Glasgow 9. University of Manchester 10. University of Oxford 11. University of Warwick

Impending exit of the UK from the European Union, and the high cost of courses, will no doubt be factors to have affected the thinking of the Ministry, in this pro-European former Soviet state. European universities featured on the list include 44 from Germany, 32 from Italy and 21 from France.

Speaking from Baku, David Mitchell of Levent Education said, “The previous scholarship programme of the Ministry of Education enabled hundreds of talented young Azerbaijanis to achieve their academic ambitions abroad and return to begin their careers. The suspension of that programme saw numbers of students studying abroad plummet. We expect interest and applications to increase back to 2013 levels.”

To receive details of the approved subjects, institutions and exhibition dates, complete the quick form below:

 

Recruit in Azerbaijan Autumn 2019

With the announcement of the return of Ministry scholarships for Postgraduate study abroad, now is the time to book your trip to Baku for our annual Study Abroad Exhibition at the Hilton Hotel, Baku: 18 & 19 October 2019.


Master level scholarships will be provided under the administration of the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, while PhD scholarships will be administered through the Ministry of Education. Click here for a list of priority PG subjects. Azerbaijan also sends thousands of self-funded students to HE institutions around the world every year.

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I thought the event was very well run and the quality of the prospective students I met was mostly very high. There also seemed to be a good number of attendees.” Dan Newby, London School of Economics

There is a choice of exhibitions to attend in this excellent market for bright young students; we have been running successful exhibitions in Baku since 2012, finding the ideal balance between quantity of visitors and quality of enquiries.

On Friday 18th October we will be visiting the Ministry of Education to discuss the scholarship goals and parameters. We will also be visiting High Schools with a track record of preparing students for international Higher Education.

To reserve your place, complete the pre-registration form now:

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Dublin College Establishes Istanbul Regional Office

Dublin International Foundation College (DIFC) has tied up with Levant Education to establish a Regional Office in Istanbul serving Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan. 

Levant Education announced its Higher Education Regional Office (HEROservice last year, and with a number of clients interested in the model, DIFC has become the first to put pen to paper.

“Higher Education recruitment is an intensive and complex activity requiring local market knowledge”, David Mitchell, Levant Education Founding Director explained, “so having an office and dedicated team on the ground will vastly improve DIFC’s ability to service agents and students in this region.”

Ireland has seen a significant increase in the number of language students from Turkey, and factors including EU membership, post-study work visas, quality and value money make studying at university in Ireland an attractive option for international students.

The Levant Education service provides partners with a Product Manager in-country, working from the Istanbul office and able to manage agent support and marketing campaigns locally, in local languages. The Product Manager is trained in close liaison with the partner, works to recruitment targets and reports to the HERO Director and the HERO client college.

DIFC offers foundation programmes in Dublin and Cork, working closely with Irish HEI’s as well as UK universities through its provision of NCUK programmes. Students studying Health Sciences, Business & Management, Engineering & Technology, and Sciences at DIFC have gone on to study at top universities in Ireland, the UK and globally, and are guaranteed to progress upon successful completion of the programme.

“The HERO service provides recruitment reach and marketing support in a challenging but fascinating region”

President of DIFC Diarmuid Moroney is enthusiastic about the link up: “The HERO service provides recruitment reach and marketing support in a challenging but fascinating region in the coming years, as DIFC focusses on expansion from its Dublin base, to new campuses in Cork and Galway.”

White Labelling Student Recruitment

The service reflects a growing trend in Higher Education recruitment, as skilled third parties provide marketing and recruitment services ‘white labelled’ for HE providers. Briefly, white labelling means a product or service that is outsourced to a contracted company but presented to the market by the established brand. In the UK, Uniquest has developed a white label service to boost onshore university enrolment, while Study Group have begun offering white labelled enquiry conversion in partnership with THES university rankings.

Visitors to DIFC’s website from Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan will be directed to contact the Istanbul Regional Office, which is outsourced to Levant Education.

DIFC’s HERO in Istanbul has begun 2018 building an agent network, training counsellors on product and visa matters, and promoting study in Ireland.

# Levant Education has been providing education marketing and recruitment consultancy since 2009, focussing on Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Azerbaijan

# Dublin International Foundation College is Ireland’s leading HE preparation college for international students since 199. DIFC has placed over 1,000 students onto graduate and postgraduate courses in partner universities and colleges in Ireland and the UK.

Contacts

DIFC Nerilie Duffy Nerilie@difc.ie +353 45 866 671

DIFC Regional Office Istanbul istanbul@difc.ie  +90 212 231 2543

Study Abroad Agency EnquiriesLeila Esmaeili  +90 212 231 2543

Levant Education david.mitchell@levanteducation.com +90 212 231 2543

Baku Autumn 2016

October 14 and 15, 2016
Marriott Hotel, Baku

We are looking forward to welcoming UK partners from HE and HE pathways to our Baku events in October.

Can’t attend? Our year-round digital marketing package is localise, published in Azeri-language and linked to social media, and is guaranteed to generate enquiries and provide traffic from Azerbaijan. Choose ‘online marketing only’ to register and confirm your Azerbaijan online campaign for 2016/17.

The first and original UK-dedicated event in Azerbaijan, this will be our 7th UK-focussed education exhibition in Baku since 2012.  We have maintained our focus on high quality exhibitions and networking events, working with the Azerbaijan Ministry of Education, SOCAR and SOFAZ, local schools and universities to ensure successful alignment with local institutions.

Institutions attending in the past 2 years include London School of Economics, Kings College London, University of Manchester, University of Glasgow, Warwick University, University College London, Aberdeen University, Aberystwyth University, Cardiff University,  University of Edinburgh, University of Newcastle, University of Southampton, Kings Colleges, Bell University Pathways, and many more.

Universities can chose to attend whether working with Levant Education

  • on agency terms (commission agreement)
  • on an annual ‘Direct Recruitment‘ package
  • or with no formal agreement
  • or sign up for online marketing only

All registered attendees will be supported by a full, year-round profile on Studybritish.com in Azerbaijan. The event will be precisely marketed to attract a focussed attendance with better conversion rates.

Universities will also be invited to participate in the famous Studybritish Alumni Reception, featuring an Inter-University Challenge Quiz: current champions are University of Manchester.

 

Click the logo for further details and online registration: 

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Photos – UK University Tour Baku April 2015

Studybritish.com brought the University Tour to Azerbaijan for the 5th time, the first UK Education in Azerbaijan having launched in 2012.

The event has established itself in the calendar in Baku, and remains the most focussed and productive event in Azerbaijan for UK education. For students, it provides direct access to information and advice about studying in the UK, while for universities it provides a focussed platform to meet qualified students, with additional events aimed at Offer Holders, Alumni and regular meetings with the  Azerbaijan Ministry of Education.

Feedback to be published here shortly!  The exhibition returns to Baku in October 2015.

UK University Tour: Azerbaijan Spring 2015

The first and original UK-dedicated event in Azerbaijan, we have organised 4 UK-focussed education exhibitions in Baku since 2012.  We are returning to the 5* Fairmont Hotel Flame Towers for our high-end university exhibition and networking events, working once again with the Azeri Ministry of Education, SOCAR and SOFAZ, local schools and universities.

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“Such a successful event. We were very happy with the fair and received very high quality enquiries. Well done! Looking forward to future events.”
Noomi Weinberg, Kings College London (Baku Autumn 2014).

Our events take place 6 weeks prior to the Azerbaijan Government Scholarship begins its selection process for 2015/16 scholarship students. We attract scholarship candidates, offer holders and privately funded students.

Baku, April 10th: Afternoon: Meeting with Ministry of Education

Baku, April 10th: EveningVIP & HE Networking Event at the Fairmont. 

Baku, April 11th: Morning: Offer Holders Session, by invitation only.

Baku, April 11thAfternoon: Exhibition – The original and the best. We prioritise quality over quantity, while ensuring enough interest for all exhibitors to recruit from the event. We are once again exhibiting at the Fairmont Hotel, Flame Towers. 

Baku, April 11th: Evening: Saturday Night Social. Exhibitors only, informal dinner.

(Almaty April 17th and April 18th 2015)

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Exhibitors 2012-14: Aberdeen University, Birmingham University, University of Durham, University of East Anglia, Glasgow University, Kings College London, London School of Economics & Political Science, University of Manchester, Newcastle University, University of Nottingham, University of Sheffield, University College London, Warwick University, Kings Colleges.

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Exhibition Stand Pricing

Baku (Spring): £1950
Baku (Spring & Autumn): £3315

Almaty (Spring): £2250
Almaty (Spring & Autumn): £3825
Discount for AZ exhibitors booking KZ: £1950 (Spring) £3650 (Spring & Autumn)

Focussed International Student Recruitment with PPC Advertising

Studybritish.com is our exclusive platform for generating student enquiries. Members of Studybritish.com benefit from being on the most focussed website for study in the UK in the region, with an optimised profile in the right language.

The membership package includes:

  • Fully optimised and translated profile
  • Managed £1000 PPC campaigns per market to generate enquiries
  • Guaranteed enquiries and enrolments
  • Additional managed PPC campaigns at cost price
  • Social media links and regular articles
  • Monthly reports
  • A ‘Shout Package’ – 2 weeks of online and real world marketing to promote your visit/event in-market
  • Follow up / conversion if required (with Levant Education Study Abroad)

Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising

While most UK schools and universities are now investing in some form of pay-per-click (PPC) advertising on search engines and social media platforms nationally, PPC for international student recruitment is still relatively under-utilised, due to complications such as language and cultural differences.

Where it is attempted, advertisers often target the wrong platforms, or use keywords/phrases better suited to an English speaking audience. There are clear competitive advantages for those who do some research, harness local knowledge and prepare accordingly, as well as cost effectiveness and ROI benefits.

For many years international marketing managers have committed serious budget to attending fairs, unsure of how they were promoted and usually feeling like the students attending are either at a very early stage in their research about study abroad, or actually interested in something related but a million miles from studying in the UK.

For example, many students attend fairs in Turkey because they see advertising about work & travel programs, scholarships or competitions to win prizes. Exhibitors pay a fortune to meet the random results of such marketing.

Why use PPC advertising

With most pre-purchase research carried out online these days, PPC advertising offers a much more targeted way to reach students – and you only pay when the student has shown an interest. Anyone searching for ‘work and travel’ will be safely guided to a suitable site, while a student searching for ‘UK master in Engineering’ or ‘language course London’ for example, can be directed to the right information.

In sales, we always prefer qualified leads, and the beauty of PPC advertising is that the leads, or prospective students, qualify themselves!

The main challenges for international student recruitment concern linguistics and specific market knowledge. Not only does the landing page designed to catch the students need to contain the relevant information in the right language, the PPC advertising needs to use the right combination of keywords and phrases that enhance conversions and beat the competing advertisers.

Sample Month
5000 visitors per Month (Studybritish.com)

Before you even get to designing a PPC campaign, you need to be sure you will be using the right platforms. In Turkey, 91% of searches are carried out on google.com.tr in the Turkish language. Facebook is widely used, as is Twitter and Linked In. In Azerbaijan different platforms are effective in different combinations.A well-managed campaign will pay attention to bidding strategies, budgets and scheduling to enhance the conversion rates of any campaign.

Pay Per Click Campaign

You may be very familiar with the keywords that students are using to search your university domestically, but for successful PPC campaigns in Turkey, for example, local assistance is invaluable. Simply translating your existing content or campaigns, and not taking into account cultural subtleties and up-to-date searching patterns, will harm results. The same goes for the information displayed on your landing pages also.

Click here for an example of a landing page in Turkish, or here for Azerbaijan, on our targeted site for UK education enquiries, Studybritish.com. Click here for more membership information and registration. 

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