The “London Statement”, as it has become known, is a result of the British Council and Australia Education International’s initiated ‘roundtable’ discussions. The discussions brought together representatives from UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland (some of the most popular destinations for international students) to address the unethical or even illegal conduct of some international education agents which was causing problems both for students and institutions and damaging the reputation of their profession.
One of the outputs of the roundtable is this statement of principles. The roundtable has also helped the six countries to share advice and best-practice on student welfare and recruitment.
According to the British Council, The London Statement aims to ensure that students receive a better service when they use agents to help them apply for school, college or university places overseas. It stresses the need for professionalism and ethical responsibility on the part of the commission-based agents.
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