A new Australian-based study abroad network promises “uninterrupted support” to both institutions and prospective students.
The new digital platform from UniSearch aims to consolidate “every phase of study abroad in one place” and “simplify” the study abroad process for students.
According to Ashraf Haq, the founder and CEO of UniSearch and a former international student, students “need to undertake many tasks to successfully begin and complete their study abroad experience.”
“Most of the time, they don’t have complete access to all the information and processes to make it their ideal study abroad experience. This is the goal of UniSearch – to make the right solution accessible for every prospective international student, every step of the way,” he explained.
UniSearch plans to reach 1.5 million prospects on the platform by the end of the year, and 5 million by 2023. The website claims that its features expedite the student journey, including university research and shortlisting real-time counsellor, university, and student mentor engagement, and loan, health insurance, and accommodation assistance.
Students can also find up-to-date internship and graduate career possibilities. Similar one-stop solutions introduced in recent years include those from Leap, AdmitKard, KC Overseas Education, and UniAcco, to name a few.
UniSearch allows educational partners to contact “best-fit prospects” from a pool of over 100,000 users, as well as streamline enrolment processes with “real-time analytics of consumption behaviour within specific regions,” according to the edtech company.
“We firmly believe that to remain responsive to the dynamic changes in the international student recruitment sector, and to continue providing students and universities uninterrupted support, the right way forward is a hybrid approach, combining the best of human expertise and smart technology,”a spokesperson told The PIE.
“We are currently operating three on-site offices in India and one in Malaysia, supplementing our online support with regional expertise.”
The number of international student prospects can only be managed using technology to screen for the best-fit students, but one-on-one human connection is essential for successful conversions and enrollment. This is especially critical in a post-Covid-19 environment when disruptions in the student recruiting sector must be minimised and potential international student applications must be kept on track.
Plans are in the works to create on-site operations in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the UAE by 2022.
“Our virtual offices are running full-time in our areas of operation, with the infrastructure in place to implement as we expand globally,”the spokesperson concluded.
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