Rapidly growing Konya newest site for WSI English school
The Turkish branch of the world's largest specialized English language school, the Wall Street Institute (WSI), opens its 16th school in Turkey's emerging Central Anatolian city of Konya, encouraged by the province's ever increasing integration with foreign markets.

WSI Turkey CEO Dündar Uçar spoke at the Konya branch's inauguration on Thursday and said the institute will open further language schools in Anatolian cities with strong potential for growth, pointing to the western Thrace region as an example. The school will meet increasing demand from students and those in the business field seeking to learn English for a better understanding of global markets. Uçar said Konya has an increasing production capacity and hosts some of Turkey's major industrial enterprises with experience in a variety of sectors. "[Konya] has great transportation opportunities with a new high-speed train line and soon to be expanded airport, providing ease in planning for new companies," he commented.

Manufacturing hub Konya sold $1 billion worth of goods overseas in the first 10 months of the year, an 8 percent rise over the same period a year ago.

Uçar pointed to Konya's four universities, saying they should place an emphasis on their students' ability to speak English. Speaking to Today's Zaman, Uçar said the Konya school will begin operations in one-and-a-half months at an estimated cost of TL 400,000. "In the first year, we expect 350 students and 500 more students in the following year. The number of students is anticipated to gradually increase in the coming years," he added.

Uçar said all emerging economies have taken notice of the necessity of English to increase competitiveness. For example, countries such as Thailand, he said, have taken significant steps to encourage English education. He complained that English language learning has not been receiving the attention it deserves from both the government and the people of Turkey, suggesting that English courses be handled uniquely from other classes so that the language can be taught properly.

WSI began opening schools in Turkey in 2001 and currently has six schools in İstanbul, three in Ankara and a school each in Eskişehir, İzmit, Bursa, İzmir, Antalya, Gaziantep and now Konya.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CİHAN
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