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EduGateUK.COM is committed to adhere to the ethics & fair practises without compromising on principles, as is set out in the London Statement, which is statutory by nature.

LONDON DECLARATION ON ETHICAL RECRUITMENT OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STATEMENT OF CORE PRINCIPLES FOR EDUCATION AGENTS AND CONSULTANTS

Preamble

1.1 Context With the escalating mobility of students across borders in pursuit of globally recognized educational qualifications, the OECD's Education at a Glance 2010 underscores the importance of international education. In 2008, over three million tertiary students sought education abroad, and projections suggest a potential surge to nearly eight million by 2025. This phenomenon has been paralleled by an increase in education agents and consultants facilitating international education. Acknowledging their significance, education agents and consultants play a pivotal role in the international education landscape

1.2 Initiative Background The Roundtable on the Integrity of International Education serves as a collaborative platform for the UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the US to exchange insights, experiences, and challenges in international education. In 2010, during the inaugural Roundtable meeting, Australia introduced the concept of a shared international code of ethics for education agents involved in international education. This proposal gave rise to the "Statement of Core Principles for Ethical Recruitment of International Students by Education Agents and Consultants." The UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand formally endorsed these principles on March 16th.

Guiding Ethical Principles The Statement of Core Principles is underpinned by a foundational ethical framework, which includes:

Integrity: Upholding honesty and transparency in all professional and business interactions.

Objectivity: Preventing professional judgment from being influenced by personal bias or conflicts of interest.

Professional Competence and Diligence: Sustaining professional knowledge, service excellence, and diligent conduct.

Transparency: Disclosing conflicts of interest to clients, particularly in relation to service fees.

Student-Centric Responsibility: Ensuring that students receive accurate, up-to-date information about the services offered by registered institutions.

The ethical framework is reinforced by the following measures:

Formal Agreements: Registered educational providers must establish written agreements with each education agent they engage to represent them formally.

Documentation and Oversight: Registered providers are responsible for documenting and updating education agent details in the PRISMS system, while also monitoring their activities to ensure accurate representation.

Accuracy of Student Information: Education agents must be mandated by registered providers to provide students with accurate, up-to-date information about the registered provider's services.

In addition to the above, the ethical framework stipulates:

Written Declaration: Education agents must declare in writing and proactively manage potential conflicts of interest in alignment with their duties as agents of registered providers.

Confidentiality and Honesty: Education agents must observe appropriate levels of confidentiality and transparency when interacting with overseas students.

Student-Centric Commitment: Education agents must act honestly, in good faith, and in the best interests of students.

Knowledge and Understanding: Education agents must possess adequate knowledge and comprehension of the international education system in the relevant country, including adherence to the Australian International Education and Training Agent Code of Ethics.

The provisions set forth herein are designed to establish a foundation for the ethical recruitment of international students, fostering a transparent, responsible, and trustworthy environment for students and education agents alike.

The Agent code of Ethics is based on 7 principles and they are:

  • Agents and consultants practice responsible business ethics.
  • Agents and consultants provide current, accurate and honest information in an ethical manner.
  • Agents and consultants develop transparent business relationships with students and providers through the use of written agreements.
  • Agents and consultants protect the interests of minors.
  • Agents and consultants provide current and up-to- date information that enables international students to make informed choices when selecting which agent or consultant to employ.
  • Agents and consultants act professionally.
  • Agents and consultants work with destination countries and providers to raise ethical standards and best practic

belong to a professional association where one exists;

have completed an appropriate training course; and comply with their home country requirements.