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First cohort of AIRC ISREP graduates

The American International Recruitment Council has graduated the first cohort of 13 international education professionals of its International Student Recruitment and Enrolment Planning program.

AIRC's ISREP course features a blend of in-person and online learning. Photo: pexels

Registration for the 2021 course is available through November, 2020

Consisting of seven modules, the ISREP course emphasises “deep understanding of professional guidelines, key concepts, and tools to improve international admissions strategies”.

“[It] gives recruiting professionals unprecedented access to AIRC’s expertise and resources”

“Our members and stakeholders look to AIRC to refresh their knowledge of the institutional and regulatory landscape, enhance their professional networks, and hone their skills,” executive director of AIRC, Mike Finnell said in a statement.

“At the same time, they are busy professionals whose time is largely devoted to achieving recruiting targets,” he added.

Via blended in-person and online learning, participants also create a strategic international recruitment plan and receives instruction and support from expert practitioners including Dr. George F. Kacenga of Purdue University Northwest and AIRC board member.

David Di. Maria from University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of North Texas’s Pia Wood and Michal Wilhelm of the University of North Carolina Wilmington are also part of the course’s faculty.

“The blended format of our Professional Certificate in International Student Recruitment and Enrolment Planning gives recruiting professionals unprecedented access to AIRC’s expertise and resources,” Finnell added.

One graduate, Samantha Lopez from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, noted that the course had helped her “tremendously to have a broader perspective of international student recruitment world”.

“This certification is helping me so much with creating a strategic international recruitment plan for my higher education institution,” Lopez said.

The 2020 course is fully enrolled with 24 students. Registration for the 2021 course is available through November 2020.

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