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Good news for students who want to study internationally
May 2, 2012
New reforms and guidelines are developed by the developing nations to monitor dodgy educational agents. Due to fraud educational agents and migration agents many students are getting into trouble and loosing their hard earned money. This is in turn spoiling the reputation of international education system. Some of the leading nations like Australia, UK, New Zealand and Ireland has prepared a new frame work to make the educational agents responsible for the the fraud generated through student visas.
Australia one of the English-speaking nation have formally declared a new ethical framework that will regulate the recruitment of international students. The new Ethical frame work is known as the London Statement, the new joint statement of principles has been agreed by education officials from Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand. They have sets out clear guidance for academic institutions and educational agents recruiting international students, including details on international student visa applications.
The main emphasis is on the importance of responsible business ethics and clarifies that agents and consultants refrain “from being party to any attempt by students or others to engage in fraudulent visa applications”.
Greater collaboration between agents, consultants and destination country educational institutions will improve ethical standards.
Many agents who recruit international students to schools, colleges and universities work on commission basis. When even a small number of these consultants and agents act unethically or illegally, both students and academic institutions will suffer.
It is important that the reputation and integrity of international education continues to be held in high regard. We must ensure that international students receive advice which will enable them to have high quality educational experiences
The new framework will encourage good practice among student recruitment agents and support international collaboration.
The London Statement presents a number of worthwhile considerations, the key will be for regulations and standards to be enforced by governments. One strategy, which was suggested, would be for federal bodies to declare that they will not accept student visa applications that have been prepared by unregistered offshore migration agents
The London Statement was drafted in mid-March and the international code of ethics was formally declared in a joint statement on April 26.