International education system
Parents and students the world over are continually recognizing and appreciating the value of pursuing education offered outside the confines of one’s home country. According to research, the international student enrollments at various global institutions of higher learning have more than quadrupled over the past 3 decades. This is to say that the number has increased from 1.1 million back in 1985 to roughly 4.5 million in 2012. Given the increasing trend, the global mobile student population is estimated to exceed seven million by the year 2025.
The benefits of embracing a diverse international education system are not only visible to parents and students only as forward-looking leaders are also beginning to discern the value of such endeavors. In this regard, many educational institutions are responding positively by formulating and fostering international student admission, outreach and support activities. For some educational institutions, the diverse international education system is an opportunity for the international students to contribute immensely to the quality of the educational experience for the host faculty, domestic students and staff alike. For others, the picture painted by the positive contribution of international students has been marred by the financial burden to the institutions. An overwhelming number of schools usually seek the fiscal benefits of students who are in a position of bearing the full cost of their education. Though organizations tasked with providing education services for international students address the issue of the educational, financial burden, it is still a predicament that hinders the successful provision of services.
This brings us to the student recruitment agencies or institutions that some institutions of higher learning use for outreach and recruitment services. Estimates evince that more than twenty thousand recruitment agencies and education consultancies operate worldwide, differing in terms of size, location, and student recruitment specializations. The use of recruitment agencies and education consultancies also varies worldwide. For instance, while most British, Australian and Canadian universities work with international student recruitment agencies and education consultancies, this form of enrollment strategy is far less common in the United States. According to research, roughly one-quarter of institutions in the United States or particular campus programs work with agencies to conduct international student recruitment.
Given that international student recruitment agencies are now operational in various countries, there have been concerns regarding the efficiency and impact of such agencies. For instance, countries are concerned about the several risks to discordant stakeholders inherent in the commission-based international student recruitment. It is such risks that have unearthed cases involving legal action, fraud and financial damage suffered by students among other severe outcomes.