When is an Institute not an Institute?
When it's in Switzerland!
The word Institute is protected in the UK and cannot be used in the name of a company. It is therefore somewhat ironic that language schools abroad abuse the use of the word Institute and try to come over as some kind of semi-official government organisation.
Although the word Institute can be defined as an educational establishment, it also has the connotation of being also somewhat official and respectable.
So why The Cambridge Institute? Apart from offering Cambridge exam courses, the connection ends there and you are left with the distinct impression of sharp practice, of using a name designed to deceive. These places have absolutely no connection with Cambridge University. There are a number of them dotted around the world in various countries and they are all private money making organisations.
So you or I or any Tom Wolfgang or Norbert can start up our very own Cambridge Institute and there is nothing anyone (especially Cambridge University) can do about it and if the punters think that we are linked to that noble Institution then so much the better and may the Swiss Francs roll in quicker than ever before.
These are The Cambridge Institutes in Switzerland (and what a cunning stunt to pull)
The Cambridge Institute, Zurich
The Cambridge Institute, Fribourg
Bd de Pérolles 18a
The Cambridge Institute, Bern
The Cambridge Institute, Basel
Weisse Gasse 6
The Cambridge Institute, Lucerne
Inspector McHammered of the Lard in Val Ferret, Switzerland
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