13:30 - 13:55 | ICEF Agency Status: Build trust, save time & grow your business
Stephanie Zimmermann, Agent Relations Director, ICEF GmbH
Find out how ICEF are leading the way in quality assurance for international education agencies with ICEF Agency Status
This session is for agencies and educational institutions wanting to find out more about ICEF’s expanded agency accreditation program: ICEF Agency Status (IAS). It is more important than ever for professional agents to distinguish themselves and demonstrate their standards to educational institutions and students - hear about how IAS benefits the whole sector, as well as the eligibility requirements for agencies such as background and reference checks and their endorsement of the ICEF Code of Conduct. You’ll find out more about how reputable agencies can be instantly verified using a unique badge, ID and QR code based on blockchain technology, and our new global online network of accredited agencies.
A must-attend session for anyone interested in how ICEF are driving professional standards in international student recruitment for improved student outcomes.
14:00 - 14:25 | How agents can work with universities to build student pipelines (case study from Taiwan)
Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, Dean, International Affairs & Global Engagement, College of the Canyons
Tim Honadel, Director, Office of International Services & Programs, College of the Canyons
For American colleges and universities (HRE’s), agents are excellent resources for expanding the reach of their marketing and student contact efforts. More to the point, these agencies allow HRE’s to build pipelines for students from all over the world to come and study with them, and reach markets the agents might traditionally not have worked with (such as high school students who want to take classes online from their home countries). This session will show attendees how to work with HREs to find new students via pipeline-type partnerships with high schools, starting as early as the 10th grade level, using Taiwan as a case study.
14:30 - 14:55 | How to build effective relationships in 25 minutes • Agencies
Stephanie Zimmermann, Agent Relations Director, ICEF GmbH
This session will provide student recruitment agencies with a step-by-step guide on how to make the most out of their participation at ICEF events in general and ICEF Miami in particular.
The session will cover the following topics:
- How to maximise your time during the event
- Post-event follow-up and agent contracts
- How to maximise your working relationship with providers
15:00 - 15:25 | How much will your students earn after graduating in Canada?
Diego Sanchez, Director, International Affairs, Languages Canada
Do you know what the ROI is when your students choose to study in Canada? In how much time can they recuperate thousands of dollars paid towards international tuition fees?
Formal education in Canadian educational institutions provides newcomers with high-quality occupational skills tailored towards the Canadian labour market and good knowledge of Canadian society and economy.
Research evidence shows that a large part of the earnings advantages associated with Canadian study experience originated from better official language skills. The higher the knowledge of English or French, the more will newcomers earn once entering the Canadian labour market.
Join this session to learn how to better prepare your students for their financial success in Canada! After all, their success is the success of your institution.
15:30 - 15:55 | AI co-pilot: Leveraging AI to increase agency and school efficiency in student relationship management
Gregory Sukornyk, Co-founder, Global Study Technology
AI promises to upend current practices used by agencies and schools in recruiting, interacting with and helping students on their international student journey. Up until now, the common practice of managing students along their international journey has been an often messy, confusing and unnecessarily complicated process. AI has come a long way in a short time. Putting an AI co-pilot in the hands of agency counsellors and school recruiting departments can deliver far greater efficiencies and dramatically increase productivity for agencies and schools. It can deliver unmatched visibility and oversight for agency owners and international student department leaders at schools. It can also ease the confusion for students seeking to study abroad.
16:00 - 16:25 | Adoption and disruption: How University of Niagara Falls is preparing a digitally fluent workforce
Aneta Sobotka, Global Recruitment Director, Global University Systems
Michelle Hicks, Regional Director - LATAM and The Caribbean, GUS Canada Universities
Embark on a journey into the future of work at our seminar, "Adoption and disruption: How University of Niagara Falls is preparing a digitally fluent workforce." In this transformative session, we delve into ground breaking programs shaping the way we study and work, bridging the gap between tradition and the demands of the modern workplace. Uncover strategies to navigate the evolving digital landscape and fostering a culture of adaptability. Through this insightful seminar, participants will gain insights on how to empower their teams and students. Join us at the forefront of innovation as we explore the dynamic intersection of people, technology, and the future workforce against the breathtakingly backdrop of Niagara Falls. Don't miss this opportunity to revolutionize your approach to work and thrive in the ever-changing professional landscape.
17:00 - 17:25 | BMO empowering newcomers: A path to financial literacy, success and career opportunities
Srikanth Sekar, Director Customer Segments, BMO Bank of Montreal
Embark on a transformative exploration of BMO's pioneering initiatives dedicated to fostering the success and growth of newcomers to Canada. Our presentation will highlight three flagship programs—BMO's NewStart®, BMO SmartProgress™, and the revolutionary BMO Newcomer Talent Program. These initiatives will be meticulously unveiled and discussed, providing a roadmap for students to access best-in-class and personalized banking products.
At the heart of our presentation is a focus on empowering students with financial education well before they set foot in Canada. We aim to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills essential for financial success in their new environment.
Join us as we guide agencies, institutional partners and prospective students through a comprehensive understanding of these programs, demonstrating how BMO is not merely a financial institution but a dedicated partner in the newcomers' journey.
17:30 - 17:55 | The future of homestay - bringing modern technology to a traditional homestay industry
With accessibility and affordability being major topics in the student housing industry, Adam & Krista will share why hosted accommodation (homestay) is the emerging trend in the student housing industry.
In today's fast-paced world, the integration of modern technology into the traditional homestay industry is transforming the way students find and experience housing. Homestay is joining this trend! With the emergence of online platforms and a variety of housing options, homestay can now cater to the unique needs and preferences of international students. By focusing on the specific experience of being an international student, homestay provides a tailored matching service that allows students to conveniently access a diverse selection of hosted accommodation options.
Managing student and host expectations is a crucial aspect of the homestay industry. With the support of technology, organizations can ensure that both students and host families have a smooth and positive experience.
18:00 - 18:55 | Responsible recruitment: How institutions and agents can work together to ensure the best outcomes for students
Ross Holmes, Executive Director - Digital Services, ICEF GmbH
Sushil Sukhwani, Founder & Director, Edwise International
Blerina Polovina, Director of International Admissions and Business Development, Webster University - USA
Bhanu Vashishth, Vice President- International Business Development & Strategic Relationships, Conestoga College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
International recruitment agencies play a vital role in connecting students with educational opportunities around the world. At their best, agencies can provide students with expert guidance, support, and advocacy throughout the recruitment process. However, it is important to choose a responsible agency that puts the needs of students first and avoids over-recruitment.
In this panel discussion, we will explore the importance of responsible recruitment in international education. We will discuss how responsible agencies provide students with personalised guidance and support, ensure that the institutions they represent are of high quality, and work to ensure that the universities they recruit for can support the number of international students they admit and encourage students to apply to a variety of programs of study.