US Department of State endorses education agencies

The US Department of State has officially endorsed the usage of education agents, for the first time, by attending the AIRC conference and speaking in collaborative tones at a plenary alongside counterparts from the US Department of Commerce.

This is an historic and significant move, given the EducationUSA network managed by the State Dept had previously not maintained business relations with agents, unlike the Department of Commerce.

It is also a coup for AIRC, the membership organisation that vets and approves education agency members, who can then connect with its US institutional members.

“It has never been more important for the sector itself, both private and public, non-profit and for-profit, to be focused on the bigger picture of working together to promote the United States as the destination choice for international students,” said Caroline Casagrande, deputy assistant secretary for academic programs in the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

A letter was distributed to all delegates from Casagrande’s superior, Marie Royce, who thanked “colleagues” at AIRC for their support of international education and Casagrande noted a new more open collaborative approach, with EducationUSA making its resources more widely available.

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