Englishlink Partners to sell Online English Training in Vietnam- VEGA Company Ltd. (Vietnam) on Board to Represent Englishlink in Vietnam

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The demand for English training is increasing rapidly in Vietnam. Since the late 1980s, the Vietnamese government has been introducing free-market reforms and attempting to attract foreign investors.

to facilitate the expansion of post secondary education through diversification of educational programs … (with the aim) to increase the appropriateness of training to the employment needs of the society and the ability to create jobs for oneself and for others

The demand for English training is increasing rapidly in Vietnam. Since the late 1980s, the Vietnamese government has been introducing free-market reforms and attempting to attract foreign investors.

The Vietnamese understand the increasing role of English as the language of business. With a growth rate of approximately 8%, the newly emerging tourism and trade economy has put a high value on learning English. From motor taxi drivers in Ho Chi Minh to grad students in Hanoi, the English education industry is booming. Good private language centers for English language education are in high demand with students desperately trying to become more attractive in the job market.

The hindrance to this goal to learn English has been the slow rate of reform of an antiquated education system. The government is looking outward for help. The Ministry of Education released the Education Development Strategy for 2001 to with the aim "to facilitate the expansion of post secondary education through diversification of educational programs … (with the aim) to increase the appropriateness of training to the employment needs of the society and the ability to create jobs for oneself and for others". E-learning is an increasingly popular way to attain this training.

Consistently, Vietnam provides some of the highest traffic on http://www.englishlink.com. According to Lesley Rogan, creator of this innovative online English as a Second Language school; "we have definitely hit a nerve in that market. Our visitors are ambitious and very forward thinking. They see online training as a ticket to a bright future. They appreciate the opportunity to learn from native-speaker teachers and value the quality lessons they have access to at long last."

In order to further promote Englishlink, Drake Training Systems Limited has partnered with VEGA Company Ltd. VEGA was established in 2002 by Vincent Bui, a Vietnamese American, as a software development company aiming to capture the vast opportunities in the I.T. sector in the fastest growing economy after China. Vincent soon realized that new graduates were not ready to enter the job market and identified the huge demand for education of all types. Most importantly, the window to the world - the Internet - had limits for the Vietnamese due to their lack of English skills. As a member of the WTO, in 2007 Vietnam enjoyed record foreign direct investment into the country. This, more than ever, emphasizes the urgent need for Vietnamese to master the global business tool - English. With this in mind, VEGA shifted focus to include education as one of its core business lines. Currently VEGA operates the STI Vietnam English and Information Technology Training Center in Ho Chi Minh City.

Together with Drake Training Systems Limited, VEGA is keen to make Englishlink the new, easy and effective approach to English learning in Vietnam. Vietnamese English-learners now have a method by with to buy Englishlink lessons offline; and important step in a country without an established credit-card culture.

About Drake Training Systems Limited:
Drake Training Systems Limited (DTSL) delivers Englishlink, an Internet-based English as a Second Language training program. DTSL's Englishlink delivers innovative and convenient online English training to anyone in the world with broadband access. The program provides access to high quality, but affordable, English lessons delivered by native-speaker 'video' teachers.

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