A group of countries that are some of the most popular destinations for international students are acting to improve the integrity of education recruitment agents.

The move aims to ensure that students receive a better service when they use agents to help them apply for school, college or university places overseas.

Education officials from the UK, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand have issued a joint statement of principles for ethical international student recruitment, following talks in London in March 2012 hosted by the British Council.

The “London Statement” stresses the need for professionalism and ethical responsibility on the part of the commission-based agents who help many schools, colleges and universities to recruit international students.

Read the full press release at the British Council website