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Painful, Powerful Political Pendulum Swings in this Age of Anxiety

Posted on 03rd April 2017

While it's challenging at the moment for colleagues to consider much beyond the immediate needs of our students, it's incumbent upon international education leaders to drive the current political conversation in a productive way as we move forward in this Age of Anxiety.

If we dig deep enough (with a strong dose of humility), we can find common ground in our mutual goal (across most of the political spectrum) to attract, recruit and manage qualified international students and scholars. And as we all know as international educators, it is entirely possible (and even healthy) to step out of our comfort zones, while staying true to ourselves.

The fact is, we can do a better job in international admissions.

INTCAS can help. We exist to advance global student mobility for qualified applicants in a safe, compliant and cost-effective way.

In response to any extreme vetting policies or practices, we propose pro-active, practical and proven solutions to improve the efficiency and integrity of associated processes. Specifically, the international education industry can apply robust technologies currently used within global financial services:

1. "Know your Customer" guidelines, where authorities authenticate the applicant's identity throughout the process

2. "Anti-Money Laundering" guidelines, where authorities conduct deeper Due Diligence on applicants and financial sponsors

3. "Funds Verification," to encourage bona fide students to substantiate their financial capacity over time

4. "Escrow Accounts," to minimize the risk of international students becoming a burden on domestic resources

"Political pendulum swings can be painful but powerful pushes to new perspectives," noted Cheryl DarrupBoychuck, INTCAS US Director of Institutional Relations. "We've done the research, and have learned valuable lessons from the United Kingdom's tighter visa policies over the past few years. Our intelligent and forward-thinking ecosystem considers the entire journey of qualified international students over time -- to ultimately boost trust and transparency for all stakeholders." 


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