The StudyTravel Star Awards 2017 winners and Super Stars
StudyTravel Star Awards 2017 winners unveiled

The international education industry gathered in London, UK, at the weekend to celebrate excellence in service at the annual, peer-voted StudyTravel Star Awards.

Rewarding quality across 23 categories covering study travel agencies, language providers, vocational colleges, secondary schools and service providers, the ST Star Awards were presented during a red carpet event at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel on Saturday in front of an audience of more than 850 major industry figures.


First held in 2006, the ST Star Awards gather thousands of votes from professionals within the international education industry; agents vote for schools and service providers, while schools vote for their agency partners.


A major success story on the evening was Tamwood, which became the first organisation to win three separate categories in the same year: ST Star English Language School North America; ST Star Vocational College; and ST Star Junior Course for under-18s.


Tamwood CEO, Matt Collingwood, said, "Tamwood is incredibly proud to have won in all three categories it was nominated in. It reflects the incredible work of our dedicated team and shows that our organisation continues to be highly thought of in our industry.


"Finally, we would like to thank all of our colleagues across the industry who voted us this amazing honour and achievement. We look forward to serving our clients and partners at the highest level they have come to know and expect and for many years to come!"


Three winners on the evening were inducted into the StudyTravel Super Star Hall of Fame - recognition of companies that have won their category five times, bringing the total number of Super Stars to 21.


The latest ST Super Stars are: Accademia Studioitalia in the ST Star Italian Language School category; Accent Français Montpellier for ST Star French Language School; and Japan-based Gio Club in the ST Star Agency Asia category.


Virginie Courau, Owner of Accent Français Montpellier, said, "We thank our clients and agents, and we appreciate all the support we have got from StudyTravel. This event is a big rendez-vous for the industry; the finish of the high season and the launch of the new marketing season."


There were also eight first-time winners on the evening, including four agencies, three language schools and Edvisor, a provider of online solutions for the international education industry, which was the inaugural recipient of the ST Star Service Provider category, an award that replaced and expanded the former ST Star Insurance Provider.


Nicholas Miller, CEO and Founder of Edvisor, commented, "For us, what is exciting and humbling is that there is obviously a desire to move into this direction in the way schools and agents work together. We can't do this alone; it was pushed by the early adopter agents and schools, and those are the people that we are very thankful to."


The StudyTravel website features a full list of the StudyTravel Star Awards 2017 winners and nominees.


Voting for the ST Star Awards 2018 will commence in February.



By Matthew Knott

News Editor