We will be at the NAFSA Conference in May and looking forward to meeting with a lot of our partners at the event.
This conference is very busy, but is a great opportunity to meet with clients face to face and catch up. Arlene Griffiths, Director of Client Relations and Business Development USA & UK will be there along with the entire Client Relations team, some individuals from the Marketing team, and a few representatives from our network countries. If you would like to express an interest in meeting with anyone from IDP at these conferences, please fill in this online form here.
IDP Head of Research, Lyndell Jacka, will be delivering sessions at NAFSA drawing on our latest market research insights. If you would like to learn more about her sessions or all of the other sessions IDP will be presenting at, please go to our NAFSA page. And we will try our best to meet with you.
The IDP USA team has continued to work to support key stakeholders across the higher education sector and the local community on a number of collaborative projects. Below is an example of what we have been doing in Philadelphia. We will continuously look for more opportunities to get involved in the future.
The World Challenge Blog
We’ve been making “strides” over the last couple of months. As part of the Wellness strand of our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, we have started a World Challenge, where we are aiming to "walk" around the world, stopping by all our IDP Counselling countries using FitBits to record our progress. Take a look at our blog to read more about our challenge.
The World Challenge is part of our broader Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy. By focusing on three strategic strands, Community, Environment and Wellness, we not recognize the that IDP has a huge role to play in the community as well as society at large. We look to increase our efforts to be healthier and more sustainable in our day to day working lives.
The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
We have also attended a number of meetings with The Welcoming Center For New Pennsylvanians in order to support their work and explore further ways of partnering with them. The Welcoming Center was created to open the doors of economic opportunity for new arrivals to the country and, by doing so, to enhance the economic development of our region. Since it was established in 2003, the Welcoming Center has assisted more than 15,000 people from over 140 countries.
In particular, IDP will be assisting with the International Professionals Program, a 10-week intensive program, in which foreign-educated professionals take part in classes and workshops geared towards building skills and confidence in the professional world. Topics include: Skills assessment, Resume Writing, Job Application Process, Networking tools, and much more. If you would like to learn more, please go here.
IDP is proud to part with an organization that aids immigrants, employers and the community. As we collaborate further for our CSR initiative, we recognize that this organization has truly been making an impact for the greater Philadelphia community during its strong 14 year history.
If you would like to get involved in any of our CSR activity, please get in touch.
IDP staff will be volunteering later in May at a local soup kitchen by the name of Broadstreet Ministries. We're very excited for this opportunity to give back. If you would like to read more on BM, visit here.
We continue to support key stakeholders across the Higher Education community on a number of collaborative projects in order to strengthen the international position of the US and add further value for you, our clients, by representing your interests. Through our contribution to large-scale conferences, mentoring and training, we are helping to develop the sector’s future leaders as well as supporting capacity building and knowledge transfer. We have been involved in a number of initiatives since our Winter Client Update, these include:
IDP sponsored and attended the AIEA Conference (Association of International Education Administrators). This years’ theme for the Conference was Internationalization through Difference: Transcending Boundaries, a theme which emphasized the importance of escaping silos and detrimental group-think. The conference expounded on some of the reasons International education leaders must negotiate boundaries due to cultural differences, wide-ranging institutional structures, divergent motivations and meanings, and distinct resource allocations – all of which vary from institution to institution, and nation to nation. We had a great time and cannot wait until next year’s event. Both our Director, Client Relations and Business Development, Arlene Griffiths, and Head of Marketing and Business Development, Martyn Edwards attended from the UK, as well as our Head of Client Relations, David Bushey at the conference. It was a great experience and we are already looking forward to next year’s conference.
In March, Client Relations Managers Ayanna Brady and Val Daily presented at the Northern California District Regional NAFSA Conference. Their presentations covered:
"Great Student Expectations: What Drives Student Choice and How Do Perceptions Align with Reality?" - Drawing on IDP’s research Ayanna and Val examined factors impacting international education choices.
"Creating Connections - Getting the Attention of Today's International Students." - In the session, these two IDP Recruitment Strategists discussed their outreach efforts and gave tips for implementing country-specific marketing techniques.
Ayanna will also be presenting with Lyndell at the annual NAFSA conference, make sure you stop by their Poster Session and say hello.
If you had a chance to meet and catch up with a member of our team we would love to hear your feedback.
For the whole team, the additional benefit of being able to meet and connect with so many of you, our clients, is excellent for engagement, and ensures that we are doing everything we can to provide value to you.
IDP staff will be at the following events in summer 2017 and look forward to meeting you.
• The National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA) Annual Conference
IDP redefines what an agent is, can and should be. We are market leaders but we are about more than just student placement, we want our clients to view us an active partner, an extension of their team that can help to build your brand globally. During a period of such uncertainty and turbulence it is more important than ever for us to contribute to the public discourse on international higher education. The following articles may therefore be of interest:
- IEM Survival Tactics in the Trump Era – posted on LinkedIn by Ryan Fleming, Client Relations Manager
- For International Educators, Out Of Chaos Comes Clarity – posted on LinkedIn by Ryan Fleming, Client Relations Manager
- The American Dream - Helping Students Prepare for their Journey to the USA – posted on LinkedIn by Val Daily, Client Relations Manager
- 2 ways to get better ROI from student recruitment agents – posted on LinkedIn by Martyn Edwards, Head of Marketing & Business Development UK & US
- US colleges & universities need to tell positive stories – submitted on the Chamber of Philadelphia website by Martyn Edwards, Head of Marketing & Business Development UK & US
- When we reassure students that the UK and US are safe and welcoming, we cannot be vague or elusive – submitted on the PIE News blog by Martyn Edwards, Head of Marketing & Business Development UK & US
- US Market – a personal view 3 years on (well almost) – posted on LinkedIn by Arlene Griffths, Director Client Management & Business Development UK & US
We have been updating and tweaking a number of tools in an effort to provide you with more information and support while engaging with our services. Here are just a few:
- An updated list of our global Road Show events