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Accreditation with ASIC is not a one-time process. ASIC
            2. introduction                                     believes in developing partnerships with its accredited
                                                                institutions and will assist in activities such as on-going
                                                                quality assurance, ethical recruitment, working with
                                                                agents, and the drafting of policies, procedures and
           2.1 About ASIC                                       codes of practice.

          ASIC provides a wide spectrum of accreditation        On-going development with accredited institutions will
          services to schools, colleges, training organisations   also incorporate training programmes on topics such as
          and universities worldwide. ASIC is a member of the   the use of high quality and ethical recruitment methods,
          British Quality Foundation and is a member of the     monitoring the work of agents, the implementation of
          CHEA International Quality Group in the USA. ASIC is   admission systems, the drafting and implementation of
          also an approved accrediting body for the purposes of   ethics policies and the creation of staff and student files.
          compliance with regulations of the UK Home Office
          relating to the admission of students holding Short Term   ASIC is dedicated to the continual improvement of its
          Study Visas and Standard Visitor Visas.
                                                                member institutions; to this end, as part of the annual
          Drawing on nearly three decades of international      fee, the following will be provided:
          education experience, ASIC has a unique insight into the   • Assistance with internationalisation plans through
          global education market.
                                                                 networking with bodies such as UKNARIC, WEBA
          The international student migration market is growing,   and other relevant organisations, and in developing
          but so too is the number of educational institutions   academic partnerships world-wide,
          seeking to recruit these international students. ASIC,   • Assistance with preparation for local government
          therefore fully recognises the pressing need for a robust   inspections,
          and transparent approach to ensuring that colleges,
          to the best of their ability, only recruit genuine and   • Access to accredited recruitment agents in over 60
          appropriately qualified students and that they provide the   countries, through a reduced fee for membership
          best possible student experience, allowing students to   of QISAN,
          achieve their maximum academic potential whilst having   • Access to marketing activities via ASIC, which include,
          their social and pastoral needs fully addressed.       exhibition attendance, printed and web- based
          ASIC has also gained many recognitions, memberships    newsletters and publicity in numerous overseas
          and affiliations in acknowledgement of our commitment   publications,
          to quality in education.
                                                                • Access to WEBA exhibitions and agent workshops with
          • Recognised by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) in the   a 30% discount,
           UK for the Short Term Study and Standard Visitor Visa   • Certificate of Accreditation, artwork of ASIC logo for
                                                                 use on business cards, letterheads, publicity materials,
          • Gained ISO 9001:2008 Accredited Certification        website, Facebook and Twitter,

          • Member of the CHEA International Quality Group in the   • Updated on-line information on all aspects of
           USA                                                   Accreditation,
          • Member of the British Quality Foundation            • Advice on agent contracts with sample agreements,
                                                                 code of ethics for agents and student satisfaction
          • Affiliate Member of ENQA, European Association for   surveys,
           Quality Assurance in Higher Education
                                                                • Guidance on the drafting of policies and procedures for
          • Member of GUIDE Association, Global Universities in   quality assurance, including internal auditing systems
           Distance Education
                                                                 course review, classroom observation, staff appraisal
          • Member of UN Academy Impact group                    and development, and student assessment,
          • Member of The Association of International Education   • A regular ASIC newsletter providing updates on
           Administrators (AIEA)                                 international education developments (institutions are
                                                                 invited to submit articles and queries to the newsletter)
          ** Throughout this Handbook, the term “institution”
          has been used to include all relevant educational      and regular updates on social media
          institutions, whatever their name, and “Principal” has   • Access to ASIC Surgeries – the opportunity to visit our
          been used for the Head of the Institution.
                                                                 office for advice and guidance
           2.2 Benefits of Accreditation                        • Visits by ASIC, during which we will provide advice,
                                                                 guidance and consultancy services
          Accreditation by ASIC will help to raise the profile
          of institutions both within their own countries and   • Achieving accreditation may enhance your prospects
          worldwide as it confirms that they conform to          for the world university rankings
          internationally accepted standards in education.

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