“We are hoping for as many students as possible,” Roger Bugeja, the school director of EF International Language Schools, told The Times.
A grant known as the Marshall Plan was launched by the government of Wallonia in 2005 with the aim of reinvigorating the regional economy. It included €160 million for training, including language tuition for job seekers and specialised workers in small businesses.
Initially, Malta was not recognised as an adequate place where students could study English as part of the grant. However, following interventions by Malta’s Ambassador to Belgium, Pierre Clive Agius, the island was recently recognised as a quality English-speaking destination.
Mr Bugeja said Malta had a lot going for it – apart from the sea and good weather, it was cheaper than Britain and other countries where students could learn English. Plus, it used the common currency.