Looking to plan your overseas recruitment trips for the calendar year 2017?
Good news! IDP UK Roadshows for 2017 are now live online ready for you to book at your convenience.
Across 10 countries and 20+ cities in Asia and the Middle East, you can view all of our events, including details on locations, prices and early-bird opportunities on the IDP Hub, which also includes promotional offers.
Our roadshows are a great opportunity to meet with prospective students for the September 2017 intake or earlier. That is why places are certain to fill up quickly, so do not miss your chance by booking your place on any of our 2017 roadshows by visiting the IDP Hub or contacting the relevant individuals listed below directly:
Dates subject to change – we will keep you informed.
Read on for IDP UK's work with Government, representative bodies and other prominent influencers:
We continue to support key stakeholders across the HE sector on a number of collaborative projects in order to strengthen the UK’s international position and add further value for you, our clients, by representing your interests.
As mentioned in our previous update, IDP staff were invited to Downing Street to meet with Conrad Bird, Director of the GREAT Campaign. We are now in the process of finalising how IDP can be the first student placement organisation to be granted access to use the assets for the GREAT Campaign’s “Study UK Discover You” brand campaign. We were delighted to sponsor and attend the formal launch event in the UK of the new brand; this coincided with the London & Partners’ International Student Showcase & Innovation Awards.
IDP is a proud member of Exporting Education UK (ExEdUK). ExEdUK provides secretarial support to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Students. The overarching purpose of the APPG is to promote the value of international students to UK education, economy and 'soft power'.
IDP staff were invited to attend the first formal meeting of the APPG at the House of Lords. In addition, we attended an APPG hosted reception for international students again at the House of Lords. The reception was delivered in partnership with the LEARN Committee of educational attachés from London Embassies to celebrate International Students Day. Both events were addressed by Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation and also Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea.
October saw the 30th Australian International Education Conference (AIEC), in Melbourne. The conference is jointly presented by IDP and the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) and 2016 saw the largest ever number of delegates. We were delighted to welcome Charlene Allen, Director of Student Recruitment and International Relations at the University of Southampton, Chair of BUILA, and Vivienne Stern, Director of UUK International (UUKi) as our guests from the UK. You can access a selection of session slides from AIEC via the IDP Hub.
IDP supported two events under the auspices of Universities Wales and the Global Wales initiative. The first was a meeting of the Universities Wales International Group, the membership of which are Pro-Vice Chancellors for International or equivalent of Welsh universities, where we presented on the latest developments in the international education landscape and shared IDP market research insights. The second was an event coordinated by Universities Wales and BUILA, where we presented some of our latest student buying behaviour research to senior international recruitment staff from a number of Welsh institutions.
We had a very productive meeting with the Director of Policy and Services, UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) to explore how we can work together more collaboratively in the future in our efforts to build capacity and lobby effectively.
It has been an extremely busy autumn/winter period and in addition to the above activity, IDP staff have had the pleasure of attending the following events where we met with many of our partners as well as MP’s and other sector bodies:
- - EAIE Conference.
- - Hotcourses’ International Student Recruitment Forum .
- - Part of the judging panel and sponsors at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) National Education Journalism Awards.
- - Independent HE Annual Conference.
- - Presented at the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) Conference.
- - Universities UK (UUK) Digital Innovation Conference.
- - Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar: “The future for international student recruitment - marketing, building partnerships and tackling barriers to growth”
- - Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.
- - Wonkhe and OU Wales conference: Delivering Diamond: The future of HE in Wales
On Tuesday 21 March 2017, Universities UK (UUK) and UUK International (UUKi) will hold the fifth annual International Higher Education Forum at the ILEC Conference Centre in London. IDP will be sponsoring the event and also delivering a workshop. Visit the UUK website to book your place
In November 2015, we launched a Corporate Social Responsbibility (CSR) Strategy. The aim of our CSR strategy was and still is to be more sustainable in our activities, making positive contributions to the community through charitable practices, as well as working closer with some of you, our clients.
Our CSR strategy is split into three strands: Community, Environment and Well-Being and over the past year, we have been striving to make progress in each of these areas.
As part of the Community strand, we have been exploring ways to offer careers skills training initiatives and on the 15th September we launched or first employability workshop in partnership with the Welsh Refugee Council (WRC). The WRC aims to helps refugees to improve their life in the UK by focusing on employability and job-seeking skills. IDP have worked with WRC to deliver a series of themed workshops. The first session focused on CV writing, this was followed by interview preparation a month later. In 2017 we have an exciting lineup of more workshops in place with the WRC including "Business English" in January 2017. Let Ralph Buiser and Clemence Bernard-Colombat, two members of our team, tell you more:
Based on the theme of 'Reduce, Re-use, Recycle', we are aiming to minimise our carbon footprint while embracing resource-efficient working practices such as recycling, waste reduction and energy conservation. So far we have:
- -Introduced a recycling scheme in the office
- -Begun promoting cycling to work in order to reduce carbon emissions, and to encourage a healthy workforce
- -Reduced paper usage by defaulting printers to print double-sided, and by introducing a system for re-using scrap paper in the office
- -Begun purchasing only fair-trade food and drink products for communal consumption in the IDP UK office
Client Relationship Manager James Curran will tell you more about this and our future ambitions:
The last strand of our CSR is Well-Being, which we kicked off earlier this year with a pedometer challenge. The motive for the pedometer challenge was rooted in an 8-year study conducted on 4,000 people, which found that those who did just 15 minutes of moderate activity a day added approximately 3 years to their life.
Each member of the team was given a pedometer so that we could record our daily steps and come up with a collective total to see how many kilometres we had walked as an office.
We focused on you, our clients, as a source of inspiration. Starting at our most northern client, the University of Aberdeen, we decided to "walk" to our most southern client, Plymouth University. The challenge was a great way of bringing the team together and helped each of us to think more about our personal approach to fitness.
In total, the challenge lasted until 4 April 2016, during which time we covered 2,358,666 steps. That’s 1,179 miles, or 1,786 kilometres – enough to walk from our northernmost to our and southernmost clients twice!
With the success of this challenge, we will be undertaking a new Health and Wellbeing Challenge in the coming months, so watch this space for news.
Home to one of the world's oldest civilisations, today Iran has the largest global supply of natural gas and the fourth largest proven oil reserves.
Following extensive negotiations, as of January 2016 international sanctions were lifted. This means that Iran is essentially back in business as billions of dollars of assets have been unfrozen and Iran is once more allowed to sell its oil internationally.
In an economy that is expected to grow as much as 6% this year, Iran boasts some of the Middle East region's most long established universities. It is also home to a highly educated middle class, with parents estimated to spend $2.1 billion per annum on their children.
Earlier this year, we were proud to announce the opening of our first student placement office in in the capital city of Tehran. We would like to introduce you to our Iranian team as we begin to promote UK clients in this exciting emerging market.
From left to right:
Kazem oversees the day-to-day operation of the Iran office. He has studied Engineering in Electronics and has also completed courses in Management and Business Administration, Executive Management, Business and Financial Management, and Marketing and Sales. His hobbies are reading, mountain climbing, yoga and swimming. He also enjoys getting things done as fast as possible!
Customer Service Assistant
Melina is currently the artistic soul of the IDP Tehran office! She works in the student placement department, where she assists students on a daily basis. She holds a Bachelors in Architecture. She enjoys playing tennis, singing and TRX, and loves acting on radio shows.
Shirin has been working as Education Counsellor since December 2015. She is known as an excellent communicator at the office due to her experience as a Sales and Production Manager. She holds a Bachelor in Textile Engineering from Isfahan University. Her interests are friends, family and social activities and her hobbies are swimming, yoga, football and movies.
Education Counsellor Co-ordinator
As a Counsellor and Co-ordinator, Elnaz guides students, helping them to reach their future goals by matching them to the right universities in the world, as well as coordinating and monitoring the team of counsellors. She does them all with her never-ending smile which is a huge asset for the team. Her interests are music, jogging and going to movies with her nieces and nephews.
Shaman works for IDP on a part time basis. He is doing his Masters in Mining engineering at Amirkabir University and is a positive present in the office with his great sense of humour. He enjoys swimming and playing volleyball and he is always interested in learning new things.
Operations Management Senior Consultant
Hamid has had different international positions in management and executive parts of different projects in industry, as well as roles in education since 2000. He holds his BSc in Industrial Engineering from AmirKabir University. His varied work experience and his training qualifications have helped the team to manage planning and marketing issues through a data driven approach. Hamid’s interests are blogging, social networking, poetry, mountain climbing and travelling.
Business & Development programmes Manager
Nooshin joined the team in May and has the responsibility of planning the business and marketing of the office. She holds a Masters in Educational Planning and a Bachelors degree in German Studies. She has more than 10 years’ experience working with different international organisations and institutions. She enjoys doing yoga and meditation in her spare time.
Sara joined the team in May 2016. She has been working as a counsellor for almost 7 years in different private student placement departments in Tehran and has extensive experience in this regard. She is currently doing her MA in Psychology at Allameh University and she feels that her studies have helped her to succeed in her career. Her hobbies are listening to music, reading and watching movies.
Hanieh has recently joined the IDP team as a counsellor and has found it interesting. She has been working as a DELTA qualified teacher trainer for years in different countries for the British Council. She is currently doing her distance MA in TESOL from the University of Manchester, which has given her some insight into the British education system. Her hobbies are swimming, jiu-jiutsu and Pilates.
For more information on Iran, please visit the IDP Middle East website.
We also have contact details for our Iranian staff members on the IDP Hub, as well as an infographic overviewing current market trends in the country.
Our China team will be undertaking some visits to local high schools in Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen through late December and early January.
They will be delivering seminars on pathway provision and undergraduate study in order to inform and enthuse students and parents on what the UK has to offer.
We will keep you updated on our activities and opportunities for our clients to get involved in such work in the future.
For more information on our events in China and key contacts please visit the Hub.
At IDP we are constantly trying to find innovative ways to connect clients and students using the latest digital communication technology.
We are pleased to announce the launch of new video conferencing facilities across our network of 22 offices in India including high definition cameras and large digital TV screens.
This infrastructure investment is designed to allow clients to engage with counsellors and students in real-time simultaneously throughout India.
We hope this will provide you with greater convenience and geographical reach but also enhance the experience for prospective students and help with training provision to counsellors.