Students boost city’s economy

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STUDENTS coming from the Far East to learn English in Portsmouth are giving the city an economic fillip.

Pupils are coming to Portsmouth to be taught at the Meridian School of English in the Guildhall.

Voranida Rujekitnara, 23, from Bangkok, decided to book her own English learning programme after researching the company online and hearing word-of-mouth praise from her friends in Thailand.

Voranida said: ‘This is my first time abroad and I was very nervous, and it was important to find the right place to improve my English language skills, but feel safe also.’

The international education programmes that the school runs advance cultural and language enrichment for their pupils and bring in added cash to the city.

Neil Pick, chief executive of Tellus Education Group, said: ‘They are an economic boon to our cities in Portsmouth and Plymouth, and especially communities that host our students and local companies that benefit from work placement opportunities.’