Not Just G8 but all Australian Universities have begun to recruit International students on commission for Small-time American Community Colleges, British Second-Tier Universities and New Zealand Colleges…
Don’t be shocked, as I will lay bare the reason for the above statement. Read on…
- In 1969, Australian Asian Universities’ Cooperation Scheme (AAUCS) to deliver development assistance to universities in South-East Asia.
- In 1981,AAUCS changed name to International Development Program or IDP.
- In 1985-86, IDP begins counseling International students to study at Australian Universities.
- In 1994, IDP becomes IDP Education Australia Ltd.
- In 1996, the company becomes wholly owned by Australian Universities.
- In 2006, SEEK acquires 50% stake in IDP BUT significantly Australian Universities continued and continue to retain 50% ownership in IDP.
The above information is from the IDP Corporate Website itself and it can be looked up on the link here.
Point to be noted till here is that IDP continues to be owned by Australian Universities and right upto 50% share and equal to any other owner. Hence it can be summarized that Australian Universities support and back all actions of IDP formally and informally.
IDP website continues to inform:
- In 2009, IDP starts recruiting students to US institutions.
- In 2010, IDP sets base to recruit students to UK institutions.
The website lists the names of US institutions for which it has signed agreements to recruit students to and the list can be found publically on the IDP site on this link.
Point to be noted by above is that several of the institutions being recruited students to are fairly unknown and much lower in reputation to most, if not all, Australian Universities. There are also small colleges in the list. I have not gone into the background of each of those colleges but despite having more-than-passing knowledge on US, the list makes IDP just another education agent. Which it is anyway. Labelling the invite to US colleges and institutions of all shades and colour, IDP (remain reminded half-Australian Universities owned) as IF YOU ARE RECRUITING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS, RECRUIT US FIRST… IDP details how it is “not just an agent”.
This week, The Australian detailed IDP’s plan to begin recruiting students to NZ Universities. The article on the link also quotes a very senior and experienced International hand at an Australian University stating:
“On balance, my view is IDP needs to be a thriving international business to best help Australian universities. Not everyone agrees with me.”
Certainly not everyone will agree with the above since many in Australia have been told that IDP’s working for USA, UK or NZ will benefit Australia. How? Are they hinting that enquiries for the other countries will be counseled to reach Australia instead… If yes, then this is not fair to those other countries and certainly unethical. It can also happen that those who are considering Australia will easily switch to other destinations…
What IDP is doing is within its right and justified as a business decision. We, certainly as its competitor, should not question it. I am further pleased that the public will no longer be fooled that IDP is equivalent of British Council for Australians or that it is “not an agent” since it is “not for profit” and since it is “owned by Universities”. The veil has been lifted and truth exposed.
Well, welcome IDP as an agent…
Now, I return to the topic under discussion and stitch the points together:
- IDP is half owned by Australian Universities. This is the majority share holding.
- IDP is now recruiting for small time institutions from USA. Has begun signing UK institutions starting with the second-tier ones and has announced process for agreements with NZ Universities.
Therefore, we can say that Australian Universities are acting as education agent via IDP and recruiting foreign students to USA, UK and NZ.
Now, lets look at the second chapter of this argument: IDP has in the past recruited students to also “supposedly dodgy” private colleges in Australia which may have shut down now. Meridian Colleges that suddenly changed ownership and then closed down abruptly requiring bad-press for Australia and affecting hundreds of students, is one such example. Hence, will I be wrong to interpret that Australian “big time” Universities recruited for “small time” colleges as an agent…
If the Universities claim that they have no management role in IDP, then that is something they need to introspect… They need to figure out that as the majority shareholder of that business entity. You and I would.
A thought has just hit me: The Universities are owned by the Australian Government and then we can also interpret that “Australian Government is also an education agent for other countries”. Will leave this thought for another day. Will not shock you further…
My blog above is factually based on the information from the official IDP website only. The interpretations are my own and not reflective of any body else.