Inter-Ed traces its history as far back as 1980. In a time where studying abroad was an arduous process and a farfetched dream to most, Inter-Ed founders had a vision of helping students achieve their dreams of attaining education overseas. This vision slowly became a reality starting in the USA and Switzerland. In a span of five years, Inter-Ed became an official distribution center for the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and Graduate Record Exams (GRE) bulletins.
Come 1988, it hosted the 1st Career Counseling & Guidance Fair in Manila where partner academic institutions helped students gain more perspective on the various opportunities available for them. Eventually, New Zealand, Canada and Singapore were added to the list of locations available for students to consider in 1991. That same year, more than 3,500 students had already been successfully placed by Inter-Ed in foreign academic institutes and the first Philippine student to study medicine in the United Kingdom was accepted at Nottingham University.
The vision kept growing and progressed from helping students into educating them. Inter-Ed, with Dr. Genevieve Ledesma-Tan, co-founded Southville Foreign Colleges, today known across the Philippines as Southville Foreign University — an international college offering programs from foreign universities in Business, Computer Graphics & IT and Hotel Management in 1998.
In 2003, Inter-Ed was invited by Blue Horizons Travel & Tours to establish the world’s iconic student travel agency known as STA Travel.
By 2004, Inter-Ed had founded Future Perfect Business English Specialists, the prime English Language training company in the Philippines specializing in English workplace training for the Call Center & BPO industry.
Today, Inter-Ed remains as the oldest and premiere student placement center in the Philippines. It still hosts annually its renowned Career Counseling & Guidance Fair that aids high school students and learners alike in making the best, informed choice for their future paths. With more than 7,000 of its students placed in partner institutions worldwide, it stays faithful to its vision of helping students realize their dream to experience studying abroad to reach their fullest potential.
1981 – The first two Inter-Ed students left on January 1981 for Les Roches, Switzerland. One was a Hong Kong national and the first Filipina was an Optomestrist graduate, Felicitas Ortiz.
1988 – The first Career Counseling and Guidance Fair (CCGF) was held. It was the first of many and became a much-anticipated event for universities and high schools nationwide.
1995 – Inter-Ed pioneered offering courses on how to use Internet and web site development. Inter-Ed had the Department of Trade and all its top executives countrywide trained at its office in Trafalgar Plaza. The contract was followed by other government offices, which included the Bureau of Customs, PRC, and Justice.
1997 to 1998 – During the Asian economic meltdown, Inter-Ed managed to stay afloat and shifted their focus on the domestic market. They co-founded Southville International School and Colleges Manila, the first international university in the country, with Dr. Genevieve L. Tan.
2004 – The Future Perfect Business English Specialists was established as the Philippines’ prime English language training company for call centers. Agreements with universities followed (e.g. Mapua Institute of Technology) as the demand to train teachers to excellently teach English courses became high.
2013 – The 25th Career Counseling and Guidance Fair (CCGF) was held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) with over 9,000 schools from all over the country in attendance.
2015 – The Edu-Summit ASEAN Integration was held to address compelling issues that are surrounding the implementation of the K-12 system. There were over 500 persons in attendance composed of teachers, university faculty members, school owners, guidance counselors, and ASEAN embassies’ representatives. Key speakers included Senator Pia Cayetano, Congressman Roman Romulo, former PACU President Peter Laurel, Chairman of Domuschola International School and Member of the Board of Advisors of Philippine National Bank (PNB) Christopher Nelson, Southville’s Chief Executive Mentor Dr. Genevieve L. Tan, Sarah Younie from De Montfort University UK, and Robert Horwood from Pearsons Publishing.