Reputation and consultant qualifications outstrip cost as the biggest deciding factors for Chinese students when selecting a study abroad agent, but most are sceptical of profit motivated advice a survey of 22,000 parents and students has shown.
Agencies can thrive in the study travel landscape, because they are closer to their client base and digitally agile, said an education strategist at the ALTO NY event. A campaign for an Industry Standard for pricing and product description was launched by agents at the same event.
Consumer reports on quality education agencies in Beijing are set to be released by the China Consumer Commission following a first of its kind audit commissioned by the Beijing Municipal Education Commission of the 71 state-licensed education agencies operating in China’s capital.
The use of education agents is widespread across all sectors of Canada's education systems but a new study has concluded that the more reliance providers place on education agents, the less robust their screening and training processes are, placing them in “vulnerable” positions.
The second annual Premier Agency Business Awards were presented in a lavish ceremony at Casa Loma in Toronto, Canada last month, honouring business excellence among education agencies. Pioneered by Aly Rajab, President and CEO of Canadian English language school CLLC, the awards received secondary sponsorship from education giant t Pearson this year for the first time.