Education agents have spoken out against Australia's Streamlined Visa Processing system, saying it is neither faster nor dependable for visa issuance. They have cautiously welcomed the recent announcement that the system will be scrapped starting next year but say it's too early to tell if it will be an improvement.
ICEF has launched a US Agent Training Course specifically designed to improve the quality of service delivered by education agents sending students to study in the US. Agents may sit an exam at the end of the free online course.
The US has overtaken the UK as the top receiving country for ELT as global growth slows and the study travel industry enters a period of market consolidation, leading to price pressure, IALC research has distilled.
Financial pressure to recruit and retain fee-paying international students can lead to universities compromising their academic integrity and turning a “blind eye” to problems, according to a report into corruption in higher education in New South Wales.
The Australian Council for Private Education and Training has announced that it will produce a Preferred List of education agents to work with its members, as it publishes a new Code of Practice for working with agents and education brokers.
UK universities paid out an average of £1,767 per international student to education agents and overall spending on non-EU recruitment is increasingly sharply, an investigation by Times Higher Education has revealed.
The top-line results of the Association of Language Travel Organisations' first Deloitte-backed Language Travel Industry Survey were presented recently to members, with overall buoyancy in business cited by 176 companies that took part.