Countries Release Ethical Principles for Recruiting Foreign Students

Four countries that are among the top destinations for international students have released a joint code of ethics meant to improve the integrity of international recruitment. The statement of ethical principles for student recruitment, agreed to by Australia, Britain, Ireland, and New Zealand, calls on outside recruiting agents to engage in transparent business practices and says they should disclose fees paid by students and parents and commissions paid by universities. It will be up to each country, however, to decide how to carry out and enforce the practices. The United States, which has no national policy on student recruiting, was not a party to the agreement, although some of the principles reflect ethical guidelines developed by the American International Recruitment Council, an independent organization that certifies overseas recruitment agents.

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