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ERIC Number: EJ783554
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan-11
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Emerging Economies Make Ripe Markets for Recruiting Industry
Overland, Martha Ann
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n18 pA35 Jan 2008
Tens of thousands of international students every year use local recruiters in their homeland to help them get into colleges abroad. Despite the proliferation of the Internet, with e-mail and applications that can be submitted online, students in the developing world still heavily depend on commissioned agents to help them navigate what is to many a mysterious and daunting application process. Last year more than 60 percent of the international students who headed to Australia--primarily from China, India, and Malaysia--used recruiters based in their home countries, up from 48 percent the previous two years. The latest entrant in the scrum for international students is Vietnam. As the country's economy booms and its stock market soars, the children of the newly wealthy want to go abroad. To meet the demand, a flourishing recruiting industry, recently freed of most government restrictions, has developed practically overnight. Last year Vietnam sent a record number of students to the United States. In this article, the author examines how international students who aspire to study in countries such as the U.S. can be vulnerable to manipulation by recruiters. The author also examines how lesser known colleges benefit from commissioning agents to recruit students for them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States; Vietnam