As part of its goal to promote the US as a study destination, CA ETEC is committed to the proliferation of resources and opportunities that give US education providers a competitive advantage in the international education market. As part of this mandate, CA ETEC maintains an alliance with ICEF; the world’s leading organizer of educator-agent networking events, including the ICEF North America Workshop, an event connecting US educators with fully vetted, international educational agents.
Since its first occurrence, the ICEF North America Workshop has expanded vigorously every year. In 2011, this workshop grew by an impressive 17%, stimulated by a 29% increase in the number of attending higher education institutions, who now constitute the largest educational sector represented at the workshop (38% – the other participants being evenly divided between secondary and language schools). This numbers demonstrate an unmistakable growing tendency among educators to embrace educational agents as a reliable source of high quality international students.
In total, the ICEF Miami 2011 Workshop hosted 661 participants, including 217 North American educational institutions (USA 151, Canada 55, International 11), 38 exhibitors and 304 student recruitment agents from 57 countries around the world.
These agents must pass a rigorous screening procedure in order to attend; among other things, they must submit detailed references from North American partners, and provide information on the number of students they have sent to North America in the last year.
The top Agent countries represented were: China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Turkey, Germany, UK, Vietnam, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Nigeria.
Access to high quality student recruitment agents is not the only reason why a large and increasing number of educators choose to attend ICEF events; participants at these workshops also benefit from market intelligence seminars and informal networking occasions, which provide market intelligence and insider tips for the critical edge in international student recruitment.
As part of the alliance with ICEF, CA ETEC attends the ICEF North America workshop as an exhibitor, which allows us to draw attention to our members and promote California as a study destination to hundreds of highly professional educational agents.
In addition, CA ETEC’s arrangement with ICEF allows us to provide participating institutions from California with advantageous pricing discounts.
The 2012 ICEF North America Workshop – Miami, will take place at Loews Miami Beach Hotel from December 02 – 04.