Monday 25 November 2013
New training to professionalise education agents industry
The British Council has launched a new online list of specially trained education agents around the world. The aim is to increase the number, effectiveness and quality of agents working on behalf of UK schools, colleges, language centres and universities and to build agent capacity and professionalism in an industry that plays a key role in the multi-billion dollar worldwide international student recruitment market.
For the first time, UK education institutions will have access to an exclusive database of agents around the world who have taken the British Council’s training, signed up to an ethical code of practice, and who are committed to undertake a new advanced programme of continual assessment.
The UK is the most popular destination in the world for new international higher education students, with 488,380 students (333,995 non-EU) international students enrolled on higher education courses at UK universities and colleges in 2011/12. British Council research recently forecast that that total number could rise by 126,000 international students by 2024.