Matchmaking Institute (S.E.A.) First to Provide Matchmaking Training and Certification in Asia

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The Matchmaking Institute (New York, USA) announced the opening of their first South East Asia School here early this week, following closely behind the dating industry boom in the region. The Matchmaking Institute (S.E.A.) will be a platform for potential matchmakers to go through intensive and qualitative training to become a Certified Matchmaker™. This would lead individuals towards realising an exciting and legitimate career that will allow them to practice matchmaking on a professional level. At the same time, members of the Matchmaking Institute S.E.A. would be able to reap the rewards of bringing people together into meaningful relationships and garner the respect that they rightly deserve.

The Matchmaking Institute (New York, USA) announced the opening of their first South East Asia School early this week, following closely behind the dating industry boom in the region. The Matchmaking Institute (S.E.A.) will be a platform for potential matchmakers to go through intensive and qualitative training to become a Certified Matchmaker™. This would lead individuals towards realising an exciting and legitimate career that will allow them to practice matchmaking on a professional level. At the same time, members of the Matchmaking Institute S.E.A. would be able to reap the rewards of bringing people together into meaningful relationships and garner the respect that they rightly deserve.

It is no secret that the local online dating scene is an official mainstream phenomenon that has popularised the historical concept of finding love through a third party. Very positively, this acceptance has spilled-over to give rise to the demand for modern-day, one-on-one matchmaking services that cater to the individual's preferences and requirements in a potential partner. The rapid growth of the matchmaking industry has created a niche demand for a body that addresses the new heightened need for a standard set of matchmaking conducts and ethics in this market. The Matchmaking Institute (S.E.A.) is set to take on the role as the first authoritative voice of the Asia matchmaking industry.

Founded in 2003, the Matchmaking Institute (New York, USA) will share its years of experience and analysis of the industry with the Matchmaking Institute (S.E.A.). This creates relevant matchmaking training and certification that is available and accessible to all in Asia. Specifically, the various services that they offer include: training that allow individuals to become Certified Matchmakers™; link current singles to Certified Matchmakers™ and provide certified matchmakers with a network of peers and support.

Bringing network of Peers and Support to matchmakers
The Matchmaking Institute S.E.A. also caters to already practicing professional matchmakers. Matchmakers can choose to apply to be a member of the Professional and Certified Matchmakers™ Network that will link them to a myriad of like-minded matchmakers, Worldwide. It will allow them to have access to a forum to exchange ideas among peers which was also addressed at the very first Professional Matchmakers, Introduction Services & Dating Coaches Worldwide Conference held 28-30 September 2007. Following the success of this 3-day conference last year, the 2nd Professional Matchmakers, Introduction Services & Dating Coaches Worldwide Conference is schedule to take place 12-13 September, 2008 this year.

Quotes from the founder of Matchmaking Institute (New York, USA)
Ms. Lisa Clampitt, CMM one of the original founders of the Matchmaking Institute in the United States, highlights that the perception of the modern-day matchmaker should change with the times, (see Annex A for the biography of Lisa):

"It's no longer simply 'Playing Cupid' - Getting certified means that you are a professional in the matchmaking field. You aren't just someone that woke up one day and decided to bring people together into meaningful relationships; you would be a person that has invested the time and efforts to be a respectable professional at what you do for a living!"

"It is our great fortune to have been able to meet Violet via her venture of study at our institute in America. It is through her, and our other Asian members that have come through our doors, that we were inspired to bring the Matchmaking Institute to Asia."

"Being the Co-founder of Asia premier dating agency Lunch Actually in Singapore and other parts of Asia; as well as online social networking and speed dating platform, Eteract.com, I trust that Violet is more than qualified to collaborate with us to bring the Matchmaking Institute into Asia. Her background and passion for the matchmaking industry assures us that the branching-out of the Matchmaking Institute will be successful."

Quotes from Violet Lim, CMM, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Matchmaking Institute (S.E.A.), a professional matchmaker and a dating and relationship coach.

"I am very honoured to have been approached by Lisa to help bring the Matchmaking Institute into Asia. I am more than happy to be able to bring channels of certification to individuals that share the interest and passion for matchmaking as I do, but prefer to venture within Asia rather than to travel all the way to America."

"Getting certified at the Matchmaking Institute in 2004 was an unforgettable experience for me. I hope that I can inspire others to find the passion for matchmaking and encourage more people to see that bringing other people together into meaningful relationships can be a respectable and rewarding profession."

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