University recruiters are taking bribes, say Indian agents


作者:The PIE News     来源:thepienews     阅读模式:只看译文

Education agents in India are concerned about the spread of unethical practices among university recruitment teams working in the country, including alleged incidents of bribery, favouritism and conflicts of interest. Multiple agents told The PIE that they were aware of UK university regional recruitment managers asking for cash payments or a share of the agent’s commission in return for preferential treatment, including speeding up university offers. “Those who pay [regional managers] will get their students passed,” said one Indian agent, speaking anonymously. “Deserving candidates are definitely going to fail. Agent partners have no option but to bow and beg for offer letters.” In some cases, the individuals allegedly involved are not direct employees of the university, but agents holding exclusive partnerships with universities, who other agents must apply through, or companies that universities have outsourced elements of the recruitment process to, such as agent management and pre-CAS interviews. Although international recruitment teams and third-party organisations are separate from admission departments and can’t make offers themselves, they can influence decision-making, in part by deciding which agencies the institution will work with. Facing a large volume of applicants, institutions also often have ‘priority lists’ that will be reviewed more quickly. In some cases, recruitment managers can fast-track students onto these lists and suggest specific applicants who they believe should be accepted. “As institution capacity is limited, the delegate staff get empowered and can play a role in who gets offers and who not,” said a second agent. “I have observed institutions in the UK as well as Canada appointing some master agents or exclusive agents and feel that there is an element of corruption there,” they added. “In the case of Canada, we have often experienced an application from us that has not been offered admission to a program and that the same student gets an identical course offer through another agency.” “It’s basically the manager building his own business” Some in-country recruitment managers representing both UK and Canadian institutions are also allegedly prioritising their family members who run agencies and redirecting students who plan to apply to the university directly to a close family member’s agent. “There are cases here of in-country officers having a brother or a wife who is working alongside them as an approved agent and receiving commissions. It is in their interest to control the competition and which [applications] get processed first,” said a third source. Gautham Kolluri, founder of CIP study abroad agency, said some agencies are set up by institutional representatives specifically for this purpose. “It’s basically the manager building [their] own business,” he told The PIE. “[They have] put somebody – a friend or relative – there and [they’re] given an agreement so that they can recruit students. It’s not based on quality, it’s not based on performance.” Agents said these practices had been spreading in recent years as thousands of international students scramble for limited university places. Between 2014 and 2021, the number of Indian students in the UK has more than tripled, creating a flooded market in which agents are forced to fight for the attention of overwhelmed universities. “Deserving students are waiting for offer letters forever,” added the first agent. “Whereas those who are through regional managers’ priority agents are getting their offers in a flash.” The PIE’s survey of 58 agents working in South Asia conducted in November 2022 found a wide disparity in the average time it takes to receive an offer among agents. In several cases, when asked to name the best and worst performing universities for admissions services, the same institutions appeared in both categories. Some agents said they were unaware of university representatives asking for payments, but raised other issues about the way regional teams are recruited. “My biggest concern is around how some universities appoint their ‘in-country’ staff,” said Ravi Lochan Singh, managing director of Global Reach and president of AAERI. “They are often sourced from the pool for counsellors working with education agencies and it will be appropriate and desired if proper reference checks would be conducted especially if the agency is a partner agency of the university.” Share your experience by emailing

多个代理商告诉The PIE,他们知道英国大学区域招聘经理要求现金支付或代理商佣金的一部分,以换取优惠待遇,包括加快大学录取。
一位印度经纪人匿名说: “那些付钱给 (地区经理) 的人将让他们的学生通过考试。”“当之无愧的候选人肯定会失败。代理合伙人别无选择,只能鞠躬乞求要约信。“
在某些情况下,据称所涉个人不是大学的直接雇员,而是与大学建立独家合作伙伴关系的代理商 (必须由其他代理商申请),或者是大学将招聘过程的要素外包给的公司,例如代理商管理和预认证面试。
面对大量的申请人,机构也经常有 “优先名单”,这些名单将被更快地审查。在某些情况下,招聘经理可以将学生快速纳入这些名单,并建议他们认为应该被接受的特定申请人。
“由于机构能力有限,代表工作人员获得授权,可以在谁获得报价和谁没有报价方面发挥作用,” 第二位代理人说。
他们补充说: “我观察到英国和加拿大的机构任命了一些总代理或独家代理,并认为那里存在腐败因素。”
“这里有一些案例,国内官员有一个兄弟或妻子作为批准的代理人与他们一起工作,并接受佣金。”控制竞争并首先处理哪些 [应用程序] 符合他们的利益。”第三位消息人士说。
CIP留学机构创始人Gautham Kolluri表示,一些机构是由机构代表专门为此目的设立的。
“基本上,这是经理建立自己的业务,” 他告诉the PIE。“(他们) 把某人 — 朋友或亲戚 — 放在那里,(他们) 得到了一个协议,这样他们就可以招收学生了。它不是基于质量,不是基于性能。“
“当之无愧的学生永远在等待录取通知书,” 第一位经纪人补充道。“而那些通过区域经理的优先代理获得报价的人很快就会得到报价。”
“我最担心的是一些大学如何任命他们的 ‘国内’ 员工,” 全球影响力董事总经理兼AAERI总裁Ravi Lochan Singh说。