North American institutions are increasingly recognising and embracing the decisive role that educational agents play in growing and refining international student enrolment; among agents, interest in the strong and diverse North American education market remains at a continual high. These trends continue to fuel the growth of ICEF’s North America Workshop in Canada: with educator and agent numbers having increased by 10% and 7% respectively, ICEF North America – Montreal welcomed a record-breaking 630 participants from 64 countries, cementing this workshop’s position as ICEF’s largest event after those held in Berlin and Miami, and the largest of its kind in Canada.
Educators who attended the workshop met agents who had been specially selected for their professionalism, their proven interest in the North American educational market, and their diversity. In the words of Amanda Lu from Pattison High School in Canada, “the diversity of agents at ICEF Montreal was excellent – we got the chance to meet agents from all over the world!” Martha Acosta-Pieters from Edmonds Community College in the USA stressed the value that agents provide: “ICEF Workshops have been the cornerstone to our marketing efforts. I look forward to meeting professional agents that will produce results for us...the investment is worth it every time!”
Agents, on the other hand, were able to meet with educators who clearly see agents as valuable recruiting partners. With Canadians comprising two thirds of participating educational institutions, the workshop provided agents with an incomparably authentic, personal, and authoritative introduction to the breadth and depth of the Canadian educational market – an invaluable experience that was further reinforced by agent familiarisation tours held before and after the workshop. For Pascal Carre of Study Experience in France, the benefits of participation in the event were clear: “By coming to the ICEF workshop, I learned about the advantages of Canada as an educational destination:
In addition to high quality agents and educators, participants also benefited from a day of seminar presentations providing business advice, market intelligence, and invaluable word-of-mouth insights from industry veterans. “The seminars were relevant and informative,”
The importance of this event for the international education industry was underlined by the active participation of major industry-related governmental bodies and associations, including Citizenship and Immigration Canada, DFAIT, Languages Canada, CAPS-I, and CAIS.
Recognising the incalculable opportunities that informal and spontaneous networking can provide, participants were offered ample opportunities to socialise outside of formal appointments. On Friday night, workshop attendees were treated to a particularly memorable party at the Windsor Ballrooms, a glamorous venue overlooking Dorchester Square: the evening began with a mesmerising performance of a contortionist from Montreal's Circus School, followed by an explosively entertaining act by a dance troupe with a repertoire of lively pop-anthems. It was occasions like these that Dharmesh Shah from Good Wind Education and Career Consultancy Services in India found particularly valuable: “these evening entertainment events gave me a chance to meet participants whom I had been unable to schedule a meeting with.”
The next ICEF Workshop in Canada will be held in Toronto at the Westin Harbour Castle from May 09 – 11, 2013.
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