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Please find here recent news about INTCAS as well as thought leadership articles from our Collaborative Research Centre.

News

  • INTCAS Secure £4.1 million Investment
    INTCAS Secure £4.1 million Investment
    As mentioned recently in The PIE News, INTCAS has secured £4.1 million in its latest investment round. The funding will allow INTCAS to continue . . .
    INTCAS Secure £4.1 million Investment

    As mentioned recently in The PIE News, INTCAS has secured £4.1 million in its latest investment round.

    The funding will allow INTCAS to continue improving the quality and range of services on offer to its communities.  It will also be widening its international operations and expanding its London based head office team.

    You can expect to see many improvements to the existing platform over the coming months, and exciting new services and technology. At the same time, we’re looking into new applications of artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies to ensure that users receive the best experience possible.

  • INTCAS Launches Istanbul Support Centre
    INTCAS Launches Istanbul Support Centre
    On 10th October 2018, INTCAS will launch their first Support Centre in Istanbul, Turkey.  The Support Centres are designed to help students prepare . . .
    INTCAS Launches Istanbul Support Centre

    On 10th October 2018, INTCAS will launch their first Support Centre in Istanbul, Turkey.  The Support Centres are designed to help students prepare for their studies irrespective or whether they are studying domestically or abroad.  With time, INTCAS plans to open over one 150 centres worldwide in over 80 countries.

    We understand that students today face a wide range of challenges in the demanding and competitive world of education and employment.  Our Support Centres help students to overcome these challenges with industry knowledge and connections.  The ultimate goal is INTCAS’ core mission to help students build fulfilling careers.  Whether students want to learn more about a specific course of study, or discover where the best place to study is, our Support Centre Coaches are equipped to assist students in making the right choices.

    Our Coaches are specialists at listening to and understanding the needs of students. Armed with perceptive questions, Coaches can guide students so that they have a deeper understanding of themselves.  All of this culminates in an experience that empowers the student to make an informed decision about the most important thing – their future.

    If you are not sure what path to pursue, or confused about your next steps, or simply need advice – visit the INTCAS Support Centre!

    Caddebostan Mahallesi
    Bağdat Caddesi No: 273
    34728 Kadıköy / istanbul
    Türkiye

Points of Views

  • INTCAS’ New Paradigm for Study Abroad Services
    INTCAS’ New Paradigm for Study Abroad Services
    As any international student can tell you, applying to study abroad involves time-sapping bureaucracy and stress-inducing uncertainty.  Typically, . . .
    INTCAS’ New Paradigm for Study Abroad Services

    As any international student can tell you, applying to study abroad involves time-sapping bureaucracy and stress-inducing uncertainty.  Typically, students have used agents to help them navigate difficult processes and streamline their pathway to enrolment.

    Agents have provided a vital and often excellent service to students in helping them realise their study abroad ambitions.  However, they can also provide an inherent risk of making self-serving recommendations.

    Agents make their money by referring their students to certain institutions while charging nothing to students.  So, while on the surface families get a good deal, their best interests are not typically driving the process.

    INTCAS exists to make student’s study abroad journeys easier, to help them build fulfilling careers.  This is true for students applying directly or through our support centres.  This also benefits partner agents who have access to our blockchain-enabled technology services.

    However, where INTCAS is doing something truly revolutionary is by introducing a new industry paradigm: that of putting the student’s needs at the heart of the process.  Both at our support centres and within our artificial intelligence software, our most important question is: what choice is right for each student?

    Here follows four ways in which INTCAS is turning conventional industry thinking on its head.

    1. Impartiality

    Most agents do care passionately about providing a good service to their students.  However, their success is predicated upon bringing students to the particular institutions with whom they have contracts with.  INTCAS’ model by contrast is built around what is right for the student.

    1. Knowledge

    A good agent knows their market, though may be restricted to certain areas of focus.  INTCAS Coaches are trained to have knowledge of numerous jurisdictions and study options, plus have access to its internal knowledge base enabling them to fill in knowledge gaps quickly on demand.

    1. Efficiency

    Agents help families to navigate the cumbersome bureaucracy involved with applying and enrolling abroad.  So does INTCAS, but with the added advantage of being technologically connected with the disparate elements involved.  This accelerates the process and boosts enrolment chances.

    1. Breadth

    Finally, INTCAS offers a broader array of complementary services than traditional service providers.  For example: language tests and training, career planning and advice, entry tests preparation, personal skills courses, and access to exclusive scholarships.

     

    So if you are a student considering your study abroad options, come and explore the options on our website or at a local support centre.  We look forward to helping you define and realise your goals!

  • 6 Questions to test your Student Recruitment Strategy
    6 Questions to test your Student Recruitment Strategy
    We've all met the idea that "if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."  Of course, this only works when . . .
    6 Questions to test your Student Recruitment Strategy

    We’ve all met the idea that “if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”  Of course, this only works when things are stable.  However, when faced with market changes, we often find ourselves needing to do something different.

    Is market intelligence driving your international strategy?  Or, do you simply use market intelligence to justify the strategy you already have?  Sometimes, it can be hard to tell the difference.

    Faced with market change, we may end up simply making small adjustments.  This is not always enough.  To dominate market trends, we should use our market knowledge to press for a strategy that accepts how the market really is.

    The market for international students is a market full of change.  Its volatile, fragmented nature brings opportunities, as well as threats.  But these require constant adjustment and sometimes bold action.

    Here are six questions to help you ensure that market intelligence is driving your international student recruitment strategy.

    1. Does my organisation listen to feedback I share from the market place?
      • How clear is your view to the top of your institution?
      • Do you have the opportunities (meetings/reviews/online groups etc) to present market trends?
      • How vividly are you able to convey that the next five years will not be like the last?
    2. Have I reflected on what current market trends mean for me?
      • What will be the impact of current market conditions on the range of nationalities I will be able to attract? What are realistic targets?
      • Does my “product” fit the future market? What could be done to make it fit better?
      • Do I know who my competitors really are, and what makes them more attractive (and me less attractive)? Bear in mind that ‘competitors’ include alternative ways of learning, not just alternative places to learn.
    3. What am I telling the marketplace?
      • Is my message flexible enough to meet the current needs of different markets (online, in print, at events, etc.)?
      • Is this message based on what markets nowadays want to hear about, rather than on what we insist on telling them?
      • Do my team/materials/events/agents reflect this tailored approach well enough?
    4. Do I have sufficient partnerships in place?
      • Do we have sound relationships with institutional partners, agent partners, industry partners?
      • How have we engaged these partners to offer meaningful opportunities to students?
      • Am I proactive in sustaining, enhancing and developing these relationships?
    5. Am I effectively managing risk?
      • Am I fully aware of legal, financial, immigration risks that might arise when looking at new markets?
      • Do I have robust checks in place to protect against fraud?
      • Am I sure that we are taking students who will be successful, rather than students who represent nationalities we want to attract?
    6. Am I maximising the impact of my institution’s services?
      • Do I have support courses in place to both attract and reassure new international students (such as pre-decision introductory courses, pre-sessional training courses, or on-going support with technical language requirements)?
      • Are staff committed to making international students’ experiences both high-quality and memorable, and do our internal processes support this?
      • Are we focused enough on the employability of our graduates? Do our skills and career development opportunities deliver long-term results?

    When questions can be answered with an unequivocal “yes”, we put ourselves in a position to make the most of our strengths in the light of the changing international environment.