Welcome to The PIE Review #19
I’M AWARE THAT you might be reading
this after 7 September, when the winners of
this year’s PIEoneer Awards will have been
announced. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy reading about our
many finalists in this year’s awards ceremony on page 64, all
of whom deserve global attention for what they are achieving.
Our awards honour innovation within various aspects
of international education, such as basic-yet-important
accommodation provision; that crucial stepping stone into
an overseas adventure, Language educator (new for this
year); and our Agency of the year category shines a spotlight
onto the work of counselling companies whose creativity
and commitment to advising students on academic options
overseas can secure their shortlisted status.
In Global guidance, we lift the lid on the work of college
counsellors, an associated species to the education agent but
one which is largely self-employed or attached to a (private)
high school and whose advising activities are not remunerated
by commission. Instead, students and their parents enlist the
counsellor’s services and expect to gain access to their expert
knowledge bank. As we report, their impact in terms of inter-national
student recruitment is not to be underestimated.
Perhaps a new PIEoneer category next year? Another cate-gory
contender could, of course, be language testing, another
essential part of the infrastructure of international ed. We
bring you up to speed with the fast-moving world of exams
and edtech in The new exam evangelists.
And in Sharing the dream... and the cost, we report on a new
edtech-enabled trend – that of crowdfunding your way to
study abroad. Using a digital platform and social media to
broadcast your cause, it turns out that it’s possible to raise the
funds to fulfil your dreams. Innovation is everywhere!
Editorial Director, The PIE
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