3.2.2. Efficacy of institutional and national regulatory frameworks for international education agents in five countries 

Date:  Friday 9 October
Time: 10:50AM - 12:05PM
Location: R4

Session Type: Panel

Chair: Mr Vincenzo Raimo, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), University of Reading (United Kingdom)

Efficacy of institutional and national regulatory frameworks for international education agents in five countries (1150)

With the growth in marketing of international education and the increasing use of agents, it is vital that we better understand the mechanisms that can be used to ‘regulate’ agents’ behaviour. In the five main English-speaking markets, mechanisms vary. Questions may be asked about the extent to which a regulatory framework can make a difference to the good conduct of agents. The issue of compliance is critical as regulation often fails because there is no suitable enforcement mechanism. This is even more so when the activity includes multiple constituencies and agents who operate across national borders. This session presents the findings of a comparative study on a range of regulatory mechanisms (including contracts, codes of ethics, regulations, certifications and training) in five English-speaking countries. An assessment of the most effective approach for regulating the university–agency relationship and encouraging ethical behaviour in international student recruitment will be discussed.


Key interest area (KIA): P&RE
Sector(s): HE,VET

Speakers:
Mr Vincenzo Raimo, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), University of Reading, United Kingdom
Dr Iona Huang, Senior Lecturer, Harper Adams University, United Kingdom
Mr Eddie West, Director of International Initiatives, National Association for College Admission Counseling, United States