When most people think of alumni, they think of donors, but that’s missing the number one factor of any sale – word of mouth. Led by Gretchen Dobson, a globally recognized leader in International Alumni Services, Academic Assembly’s International Alumni Services Division works to build a lifelong relationship with your international alumni. Working with Academic Assembly you will identify tactics for discovering, recruiting and retaining more international alumni volunteers, create infrastructure to support both short and long-term alumni relations, plan new and improved international events, and identify, develop and/or expand international volunteer management opportunities and practices. In the end, you can build your alumni into a successful platform to extend your university’s global success.
Academic Assembly understands that one of the single most important parts of student recruitment is visa conversion and the single most part of visa conversion is knowing what you are doing. As they say, the devil is in the detail and Academic Assembly’s Professional Training for Immigration Services Division brings assurance that you’ll get it right.
In Australia, most universities fund their international divisions with a slice of foreign student tuition – each semester, each year. This money goes toward student support, English language training, student activities, student recruitment and all the international initiatives that have made Australia famous in the field of international education. While kangaroos and koalas may be iconic to Australia, it is this formula that has put Australian universities on top as role models for the world’s universities.
International Student Marketing and Recruitment is one of the hottest topics in higher education circles today. Where to recruit, who are ideal candidates, which programs are marketable are complex issues that challenge even the most successful universities as the markets are always changing. Domestic recruiting factors in local competitors, candidate pools, pricing and various reputational components. Take these and multiply them by X number of target countries and you can see how there is no one size-fits-all strategy to recruit internationally.
Need a plan? Academic Assembly’s knowledgeable team experts and analysts will help you craft one.
Need a strategy? Academic Assembly’s market tested executives will help you build one, including options for financing and strategic investor relations.
Need a team? Academic Assembly will take your strategy and implement it through the development of an office, staff or network of trusted contractors and service providers.
I worked closely with Gretchen on our inaugural international alumni relations program this past spring and summer. She did a remarkable job of engaging our faculty as well as our administrative leadership, including the vice chancellor for student affairs and a variety of development directors. The support Gretchen provided was top-notch and really demonstrated for my shareholders how she was able to leverage a modest budget to achieve a remarkable outcome, while building a strong foundation for our future efforts.
Academic Assembly provided just what we needed and did it faster that we thought was possible. Their work was thorough and comprehensive and left no doubt in our mind that they were the right choice for this project. Their conclusions were SPOT ON and we look forward to more projects with Mitch and his team in the future.