An interview with Study Group partner Intel Bridge

29 September 2021
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An interview with Study Group partner Intel Bridge

As part of our current blog spotlight series focused on sharing best practices in international student recruitment, we are delighted to publish an interview with San Zaw Htet, Managing Director of Intel Bridge based in Myanmar. Intel Bridge is a Study Group Agent Premier Club winner.

Q1. How do you feel about winning an Agent Premier Club award?

It is awesome; I still feel immensely proud of the team and when I think about it now, it is one of the best things that happened in 2020-2021, especially with the COVID-19 situation going on.

We are happy to be an Agent Premier Club award winner and believe that it is something good to start with for this academic year. 

Q2. Could you share what the past year has been like in terms of international student recruitment - highlighting challenges and how you managed to turn things around?  

When COVID-19 started to become a global pandemic in March last year, everything stopped while we tried to figure out the best approach to helping students progress to higher education.

Supporting students to transition to online and hybrid learning was the most challenging task, as this way of taking part in education was so new for everyone involved in the process. However, we really came together as a team to make sure that the students we work with could get access to high-quality remote foundation courses, which offer a clear pathway to undergraduate and postgraduate study at reputable universities around the world. 

Q3. What is your view on the future of education?

Thinking specifically about Myanmar, which is the market we operate in, many teenagers still want to learn face to face. For them, the academic part of studying a foundation programme is not the whole. They very much seek a rounded student experience, where they get the opportunity to study in a different country, improve their English language skills through cultural immersion and develop social confidence by interacting with their peers and academic and welfare staff.

Interestingly, the postgraduate market in Myanmar is different, in that it leans more towards a preference for blended learning and hybrid study options. 

Q4. What is your view of the partnership with Study Group?

We have built a strong relationship with Study Group after several years of working together. Our team enjoys collaborating with Study Group and really values the dedicated support for the Myanmar market provided by Amy, Chi and Mint. 

As Manoj Shetty, Chief Revenue Officer at Study Group comments:

“It is a delight to work with Intel Bridge as their professionalism and commitment to supporting students to study the foundation programme which best meets their needs and to adapt to learning online is outstanding.

“We are particularly impressed with Intel Bridge’s reassuring and encouraging approach and a clear focus on early career planning, which we believe helps students to thrive throughout their entire academic journey and make the most of the experience.

“Study Group deeply values our partnership with Intel Bridge and looks forward to working together for many years to come.”

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