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KUALA LUMPUR, January 11, 2011 – ELS Language Centres Malaysia (ELS Malaysia) announced as the winner for Best Brand in Education –English Language Centre at the prestigious BrandLaureate – SME Chapter Awards 2011.

Recognition of the highest branding standard for education by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF) was awarded to ELS Malaysia based on their very significant milestone of delivering reputable and quality education as well as emphasise on strengthening Malaysia’s image as an educational hub internationally.

‘Winning the award is a true testimony of the diligent team work, relentless drive towards progress and dedication at ELS Malaysia. It also reflects our commitment in delivering our brand promise through focus on quality education, best practices and value for students”, said Robert Brander, ELS Malaysia’s Vice President of Operations.

The award was presented to ELS Malaysia by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad during a gala dinner held at Shangri-la Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Having won ELS USA’s prestigious award for being the region’s “Top Foreign Students Destination Award“, ELS Malaysia typifies the country’s success in building a rock-solid reputation for English language learning. With six state-of-the-art language centres strategically located throughout the country, ELS Malaysia acquires the experience, expertise and training effectiveness that come from their complete system of language learning.

As one of Malaysia’s top providers of English language courses, ELS is well-known for its quality of service and strong, effective solutions for those who want proficient English quickly. Their Certified Intensive English Programme (CIEP) has long been the benchmark for improvement in the language in the shortest possible time. Small classes, qualified instructors, proven proprietary materials, student-centred teaching and learning, and most of all ELS’ genuine interest in the welfare of its students make learning at the centres a truly wonderful experience.

ELS also uses the latest educational technology as a key component in its day-to-day lessons. With advanced computer-based language learning facilities in each ELS centre, students are given access to online English language lessons and resources to suit their own customised learning needs, making ELS the most modern language training provider in the country.

Over the years, ELS Malaysia’s programmes have gained recognition from local colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning for being well-structured and for their comprehensive programmes that deliver results. This has led many of these institutions to accept ELS graduates into their tertiary programmes without an IELTS or TOEFL examination score. There are currently over 25 local institutions that recognise ELS’ high academic standards and this figure is continually increasing. Additionally, more than 600 colleges, universities and career schools in the USA and a sizeable number of universities and polytechnics in the UK, Australia and New Zealand also acknowledge the ELS Proficiency recommendation in place of the IELTS, TOEFL or other standardised examinations for their English language admissions requirement.

ELS Malaysia has constantly complemented its services to its students. Besides helping students to improve their English language capabilities in preparation for tertiary education, ELS Malaysia also provides its students with assistance in college and university placements. On completion of their programmes at ELS Malaysia, students have the opportunity to make applications to a college or university of their choice via the ELS’ University Placement Express (UPX) portal/service. Students can browse, compare and then apply to any of ELS’ partner universities and colleges that recognise their ELS qualification. Students also have access to ELS Course Counsellors who help guide them in selecting the programmes that best suit their aspirations.

The quality of the ELS programmes that transcend excellent student experiences, accompanied by their dedication towards effective English language teaching makes ELS the brand for English language centres here in Malaysia.