Kaplan Expands Edinburgh Language School
Kaplan International Colleges has expanded its Edinburgh College to make it the largest adult learning center in one location in the city.
Kaplan International College Edinburgh has increased in size from seven classrooms to twenty and was reopened to students on July 2nd before the official launch party on July 10th, which was attended by guests including staff from head office and business partners.
Each new room includes cutting-edge facilities such as interactive whiteboards, teaching lecterns as well as new versatile classroom furnishings. The refurbished college was promptly given a positive report following an Education Scotland Inspection.
In addition to two computer rooms and PCs in the student room, Wi-Fi has just been upgraded and installed throughout. Teachers are provided with regular training on using the technology and there is a permanent Blended Learning Specialist on hand.
Rachele Walker, Principal at Kaplan International College Edinburgh, said: "Kaplan are delighted with the expansion of our Edinburgh language school facilities. It's a premium college facility in a prime location"
One of Kaplan's unique and popular courses teaches international students arts-related English during the Edinburgh Festival, combining attendance at Festival events with discussions of performances using specific vocabulary and writing reviews.
Each person that studies on Kaplan English courses in Edinburgh spends on average £2500 of foreign currency per month into the local economy with the main benefactors being host families, taxi drivers, restaurants and shops.
Kaplan are buoyant about the future prospects of its Edinburgh school and are already planning to create study hubs in 2013, which are to act as relaxing study spaces for students to use their own laptops and technology.
The Edinburgh College is already a test centre for TEOIC and has recently become a test centre for Trinity exams so there is plenty of extra space to easily accommodate exam groups.
The site of the college, 9 Albyn Place, is the birthplace of Allan Campbell Swinton (1863-1930) who proposed the idea of 'distant electric vision' using cathode rays, a principle used in the development of the modern television.