Speaking with The PIE News , educators, agents and accreditation bodies have said the arrests of 21 education counsellors for visa fraud earlier this month highlights the need for due diligence on both sides of the recruitment process.
ICEF and Australia's PIER, two companies which collaborate on the delivery of the ICEF's various agent training courses, have announced a new app which allows users to find any qualified education counsellor based on a GPS location tool.
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.
A year after launching the a student review website for study travel, ICEF has revamped its CourseFinders website to look more modern, be optimised for all mobile devices and include enhanced search and review functions.
There are no major upsets in the list of top-ranked study destinations in the 2014 edition of the ICEF i-graduate Agent Barometer, however the latest education agent-based poll reflects Australia's upturn as a study destination. And this year, the USA and Canada tied in first place for overall attractiveness of a study destination.
A new government-backed education agent training certificate, The China Education Agent Course, has been jointly launched in China by BOSSA and ICEF to drive up quality and transparency in the industry.
The ICEF Education Fund, the charitable arm of events and networking firm ICEF will donate €7,000 to support Travel Safe International, the educational and training division of international charity Child-Safe, which works to safeguard and protect children involved in educational, cultural or language trips overseas.