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NBR says Euroasia one of NZ’s "most exciting" co's

Monday, 16 July 2007
Press Release: Euroasia

NBR says Euroasia one of New Zealand’s “most exciting” companies

Education in New Zealand is moving in diverse and sometimes unexpected directions. A recent survey by the National Business Review listed the 10 companies which their peers within the education sector had identified as the most exciting, and towards the top of the list for innovation and dynamism came Euroasia. Euroasia managed to rank joint third, just ahead of childcare provider Kindercare and tertiary institution AIS St Helens.

Euroasia is a premier provider of European and Asian language training and cross-cultural consulting services, with operations in Auckland and Christchurch. This is much more concrete and practical than might appear at first glance! Under this rubric comes a range of services designed to help companies and individuals relate effectively to colleagues from a non-English-speaking background. In addition to a feel for the language, an understanding of areas ranging from the historical background to the practicalities of everyday business is crucially important. Euroasia provides tailor-made courses designed to ensure that clients are fully equipped to meet the challenge.

Cross-cultural specialist and Director of Euroasia Kenneth Leong says "I'm really pleased that our efforts to provide NZ's premier foreign language and culture programmes have been recognised by our peers as well as the top business publication in NZ. We are proud to be a leading pioneer in the growing area of cross-cultural training services. Given our incumbent position and well recognised brand in the marketplace, we certainly think Euroasia is an "exciting company". We're glad that NBR thinks our prospects are exciting too."

Euroasia is also a language school, but instead of teaching English to overseas students, the school teaches foreign languages to Kiwis. In a nation scarcely renowned for its linguistic enthusiasm, Euroasia has created a niche market serving a small, but growing number of people who have a serious interest in communicating with their overseas business partners, friends and colleagues. More and more people are recognising that it is no longer acceptable for us simply to expect that everyone else will devote years to learning English while we ourselves make very little effort at all.

And so if you come along one evening to Euroasia’s centres in Auckland or Christchurch, you will find yourself among groups of lively and enthusiastic people learning French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean… The list goes on! Classes are small, and are characterised by a seriousness of purpose clearly detectable behind the cheerful interaction. All the Euroasia teachers are native speakers of the target languages, and everyone in the team is multilingual.

Further strings to the Euroasia bow include translation and interpreting, teaching in schools, exam preparation and even study visits.

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