ALTO Newsletter Summer 2023

Dear All, I hope all is well with you.

If you follow our news you know that we held our 25th anniversary conference in Istanbul earlier in May and I would like to invite you to read more about this amazing and successful leadership event below.

As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations ALTO launched a new logo: ALTO Where Leaders Meet. This reflects the whole community of decision makers the association gathers, coming not only from language travel, but from a wider range of academic course providers, high schools and universities and agencies that specialise in academic study abroad. We have already invited our members to start using the new logo, if you missed that message and you are an ALTO member please contact me.

Headlines from this newsletter:
–  ALTO 25th Anniversary Conference Istanbul – event summary and video clip
– Turkey and Syria Earthquake Fundraiser and artwork donation at the Istanbul conference
–  Welcome to new ALTO members in Q2
– Join ALTO’s leadership community and take advantage of the top level professional development and senior level networking opportunities we offer
– #ALTOcpd London members’ event on Monday 4th September featuring Matthew Syed: Rebel Ideas
– Forming the foundation of ALTO Vision2030

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best, Reka

Reka Lenart
ALTO Association Manager

25th Anniversary Conference Istanbul – event report


Click here to see the Istanbul conference video clip

We spent an incredible weekend learning from world class presenters, discussing industry trends and issues, while celebrating ALTO’s 25th anniversary at various beautiful venues of Istanbul and enjoyed the delightful Turkish cuisine.
Read our event report on the ALTO blog page

Fundraiser supported by and Alec Boreham

ALTO Earthquake Fundraiser top donors and supporters
While preparing for our anniversary conference, we received the shocking news about the devastating earthquake that destroyed lives, buildings and infrastructure in Turkey and Syria on 6th February. The ALTO Board decided to carry on with the original plans in Istanbul as it shows solidarity with the people of Turkey and cancelling the event would have showed fear and stop much needed funds going into the country.

ALTO set up a fundraiser link which was further enhanced by a talented artist and friend Alec Boreham who offered seven beautiful work of art to the highest donors of the fundraiser. We organised a small art exhibition during the conference which encouraged participants to support the cause. who also celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary this year decided to not only support the conference as Gold Sponsor, but to match the amount collected in the ALTO Fundraiser to help the rebuilding of the earthquake affected areas in Turkey and Syria. Their generous offer is much appreciated!

Thank you again to all donors for raising £9440 which ALTO will transfer to the DEC Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal.

Welcome to ALTO’s new members

More and more business owners and leaders recommend ALTO membership to their partners and even competitors as the value of the platform we provide and the pulling power of our decision makers’ community is more important than ever in this fast changing business environment we operate in.

Please join me in welcoming our new ALTO members in Q2, we look forward to seeing them at our upcoming events in the second half of the year!

If you are a business leader of an agency, language school, educational group, high school programme provider, university, associations or a service provider in international education and would like to learn more about membership with ALTO, please contact Reka – she will be happy to help.


Boom Studies

Boom Studies is your best option for English and postgraduate programs in countries like Malta, Ireland, Canada or Dubai, among other amazing destinations around the world. Plan your international experience with us, we cater for everything: study plan, housing, work, events and visa guidance.


Macmillan Education

Education is changing at an ever-increasing pace. Macmillan Education is at the forefront of this change, providing solutions that enhance the teaching and learning experience for everyone, at every stage of education.
Founded in 1843 by brothers Daniel and Alexandre Macmillan.


UCT English Language Centre

We are one of the only South African universities with a centre dedicated to teaching English as a Foreign Language.
You will be part of our diverse community of international students if you come to Cape Town, this stunningly beautiful, vibrant and welcoming city.


ALTO membership application form

Complete the application form and if you would like to start your registration to join our community of leading agents and educational programme providers representing 25 countries around the world.
Please check with Reka if you meet the entry criteria and start enjoying the membership benefits now!

Check the current list of ALTO members

#ALTOcpd with Matthew Syed

We continue to bring truly outstanding keynote presenters to our members to provide the professional development that will make them better leaders of more professional organisations.
Matthew Syed will base his session on his book Rebel Ideas – The Power of Diverse Thinking.

Matthew was no 1 table tennis player in Britain in 1995 and represented the country at the Barcelona Olympic Games. He has written seven bestselling books on the subject of mindset and high performance and has worked with many leading organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement.

His keynote will be followed by two specially targeted, highly engaging and interactive workshops by his team members about

  • Cognitive Diversity
  • Growth Mindset

We are excited to introduce this new format for the event and would like to invite all our members to delegate 2 senior leaders to attend the #ALTOcpd London event 2023 for free.

ALTO members’ event registration page

ALTO Vision 2030 – Diversity and Sustainability

The ALTO Board recently held a full day meeting in London where one of the topics we discussed was a new exciting project: to create ALTO’s 2030 Vision to put Diversity and Sustainability in the spotlight.

Board members agreed that the association needs to call its most engaged members to draw up a list of actions and steps we need to take as an industry to promote Diversity and Sustainability.

Watch out for our news about the developments and contact Reka if you’re an ALTO member and feel you could contribute to this project. Your support is much appreciated.

Thank you for your attention, please contact me with any questions you may have.

All the best, Reka

Reka Lenart
ALTO Association Manager





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