The British Council has launched a database of almost 4,000 specially trained education agents around the world to help build agent capacity and professionalism in the industry. Agents listed in the database have taken the British Council's training, agreed to an ethical code of principles and committed to periodical assessment in the future. The resource is available for any education institution to use.
A landmark statement on ethical recruitment by education agencies has been issued by four countries: the UK, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. While the Statement of Principles will largely be used for informing best practice and has no actual policy ramifications, the fact that four countries have agreed on quality principles for education agencies is in itself quite a milestone.