Unibuddy offers “smarter” student recruitment to higher education institutions by enabling prospects and applicants to virtually connect with student ambassadors and school staff on a direct messaging platform.
“Students have tough questions that university websites can’t always answer”
The Studyportals platform enables students to find and compare study abroad opportunities at 3,750+ educational institutes across 110 countries.
As a result of the partnership universities will be able to present their student ambassadors to the 52 million students who use Studyportals.
“We are absolutely delighted to be working with Studyportals because of their strong partnership network, unique global reach, and intense engagement with prospective students,” said Diego Fanara, Unibuddy CEO.
“These students have tough questions that university websites can’t always answer. Together, Unibuddy and Studyportals will help universities to support and reassure students at this initial research stage of their journey.”
Through the partnership, universities will be able to provide a “massive global pool” of prospective students with real-time access to their student ambassadors.
Students can engage with ambassadors based on a similar course of study, region, or country of origin.
In a joint statement Unibuddy and Studyportals explained that this allows prospective students to ask questions best answered by a student who most closely matches their own profiles.
“A fast-growing number of our partner institutions are using the Unibuddy platform with great satisfaction, and our students have a strong interest in connecting with people like them who’ve been in their shoes before,” said Edwin van Rest, CEO at Studyportals.
“We are excited about this combination—together we can add a peer-to-peer layer to education choice and help universities to ‘orchestrate’ word-of-mouth.”
Unibuddy and Studyportals have also signed on to co-sponsor the Global Student Satisfaction Awards, which seek to empower students to share their views and recognise the best universities in the world.