I wonder at times about government providing scholarships and never following through with the administration and the well being of the students. Many of our governments still insist on sending the students to USA. I am not saying that the US education is bad or anything, but what am saying is that we do not really say anything if a student goes to low raked or no ranked university in US for the simple reason of being a US university, but when it comes to other countries all the government become hawks and wonder at ranking, quality assurance and what not. Also the schools in US? These are a different kettle of fish , students having I20 and reaching there to see no one writing for them in the airport or taking them to their Homestay, nor to the students have anyone wires ring for them at the airport, while in other countries there is a code of practice for international students, and there is ratings for those that send the students, and rating for the universities that accept the students Nd international students can complain if they do not receive all the rights that are mentioned in the code.
We have a student that reached the school and they told him that there is no space for him, and the school moved him to another school. Of course our helpless student can only accept that or return, and what about his fees, and all the money he incurred until reaching there. Of course this student is part of king ABDULLA scholarship programme, and he is supposed to away for the first three months from his money, then gets accepted by SACM. Now this SACM is a story by itself, they told the universities and the schools that they should not pay the consultants their fee, so who is taking the fee of our hard works. We find the students, we counsel the student, we help in visa, and we get the student there, we spend our money for that, pay staff and pay office recent and expenses, and what happens next the scam oaf SACM takes it all. I am not saying that all the staff of SACM are crocks!! That could be large statement to put forward without proof. I don't have proof, but I have hearsay from the people the work at the institutions. Thus both us the consultants and the students both fall into this deep hole. The student goes to a bad place (noting the calibre of the student he or she will not be accepted to a top ranked university and not even a second tier one) gets humiliated and then may find himself back to his home country or in a different school and loses his money; and us the consultants lose majorly.
The conspiracy theory is that, those that work for SACM (I am picking on them now, but I can generalise this statement to all the countries that send students abroad and has Cultural attaches that look after the students in station) hate their jobs as its badly paid, to solve the dilemma they get their money out of the universities, and find that the consultants are successful in sending to good places so they have to kill the consultants by making them close down. What a scam?? Beware guys, even if I have to sell my cloths, jewelry and car, I for one will not stop my valuable work. The trouble is, who is there in Saudi to listen to me? Or do the QA on their SACM offices?
Sorry my regular readers. This blog is to relieve my brain, as it's going to explode. The time we waste in talking to the schools about this problem outweighs the time we spend on the students. I have hired a new person just to write to the schools and solve this. I for one, is going to close down my USA division for Saudi students, as to me they are in deep S.H.I.T.