Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and UK issue code of principles for education agents

April 27, 2012

Education officials from Australia, the UK, New Zealand, and Ireland have issued a joint statement of principles for ethical international student recruitment. The statement stresses the need for professionalism and ethical responsibility on the part of commission-based agents who assist many schools, colleges, and universities in international recruitment. As per the statement, agents and consultants should practice responsible business ethics; provide current, accurate, and honest information in an ethical manner; develop transparent business relationships with students and providers through the use of written agreements; protect the interests of minors; provide current and up-to-date information that allows international students to make informed choices when selecting which agent and consultant to employ; act professionally; and work with destination countries and providers to raise ethical standards and best practices. British Council News Release