AIRC verdict on Chinese education agent scandal


In December 2016 I posted an Agent Alert about Beijing New Oriental Vision Overseas Consultancy, which is one of the largest education agents in China. It followed a Reuters investigation into the company which alleged that it regularly engaged in college application fraud by writing application essays and teacher recommendations for students, and falsifying high school transcripts.…

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Australia: new education agent laws turn up heat on institutions

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In Australia, use of education agents is a well accepted and significant part of recruiting international students. The Australian Department of Education and Training states: Official data shows that over 50% of international students going to Australia to study use an education agent. In light of all this, the use of education agents by Australian…

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Sydney SYMPLED symposium to focus on education agents


That’s the call to action on the website of SYMPLED 2017 – a symposium on education recruitment. The next symposium will be for education agents, and focus on “international education recruitment issues today and tomorrow…There are many education conferences but not one that looks at the business of being an education agent.” The organisers say…

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Recruitment through an education agent – does your workflow look like this?

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AgentBee is focused on supporting universities, colleges and schools to enroll more students, save time and manage risk by implementing best practice education agent management. With that in mind I recently mapped out the workflow for recruitment/enrollment of an international student through an education agent and invited feedback from my network on international education experts…

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Message from first female SIO at UCLA


Cindy Fan was recently appointed as UCLA’s Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement, and Senior International Officer. She is the first woman and first person of color to hold the role. The Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement functions as UCLA’s unofficial “secretary of state,” with a portfolio that includes the many…

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Top 3 challenges international students face in Canada

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There are almost 270,000 international students studying in Canada. Canada is a popular choice for international students due to the quality of the education it offers, and the high quality of life. Recently, the “Trump effect” in the US has meant that more international students are considering Canadian universities over those in the US. There…

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University of Illinois focused on international student safety

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We recently posted about the lasting fear caused by the abduction and likely murder of University of Illinois international student Yingying Zhang. As the University of Illinois prepares for the arrival of over 3,500 new international students this week, administrators are taking special care to ensure that the new students and their parents have all…

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Is Pizza Hut ripping off international student workers?

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Australia’s Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has blasted Pizza Hut in Australia for not responding to warnings about underpayment of staff – including international students – across its network. The criticism came after the FWO found that a Pizza Hut restaurant in Newcastle underpaid 24 workers to the tune of $20,000 between November 2015 and May 2016.…

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New international student events added

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New events for international students just added… Click on the links below for more detail on each event (including date, time and venue) Aston University – Pune University of Southampton – Ecuador Cranfield University – Hong Kong Northumbria University – Latvia Students – Check out the event map to find more international student events near…

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International students love new UW Madison summer course

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Twenty-five new international students at UW Madison are about half way through the university’s first ever International Student Summer Institute. The students are from nine different countries, and none had ever been to the UW Madison campus before. The new course runs from late July to late August offers new international students the chance to…

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