by Dick Hage, Coordinator of International and Domestic Admissions
Plymouth State University must quadruple its current international student enrollment if we are to meet our 10 percent of enrollment strategic goal by 2020, and provide the rich, experiential global academic and cultural environment we envision for all of our students. That goal translates into an average growth of 40 international students per year over the next six years.
Multiple approaches are being employed to achieve this important goal. International faculty and student exchange programs, articulation agreements with foreign high schools and universities, partnerships with international governmental organizations, merit-based financial awards for international students, targeted recruitment travel, collaborations with language schools, partnerships with professional recruitment agencies, and more, are all part of the mix.
Over the past 15 months, Jessica Pine and Dick Hage have secured 16 formal partnerships with agencies across the globe to promote PSU and recruit both undergraduate and graduate students. With a plan of securing approximately 25 partnerships to meet our international enrollment and global diversity goals, negotiations are ongoing with additional agencies. Our current 16 agency partnerships and the 33 countries they recruit from are:
- Abacus Education Advisors: India
- Adventus Education: India, Malaysia, UK, Sri Lanka
- American Council for International Students: Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Palestine, Saudi
- Arabia, Syria, Tunis, Yemen
- Bluechip Study USA: Norway, Sweden
- Canam Consultants Limited: India, Kuwait, UK
- Capstone Vietnam: Vietnam
- College Recruiting Finland: Finland
- Daquiprafora Intercambio: Brazil
- iaeGlobal: Australia, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan,
- Nepal, Thailand, Myanmar, South Korea
- Oval Office for Studies and Research: Jordan, Saudi Arabia
- PAC Asia Services: Australia, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka
- Sindibad Education Consultancy: Saudi Arabia
- StudyCo Pty Ltd: Iran, Libya, Pakistan
- The Professional Network: Bangladesh, Mauritius, Nepal, Sri Lanka
- United Education and Investments: China
- Valmiki Group: India
Frequent meetings via Skype and other communications minimize the miles that separate us and assist the long and critical process of cultivating mutually beneficial relations with our new partners. The collegial relationships that result portend well for the environment we are building for our students.