At the 10th Year Anniversary Conference, AIRC launched an exciting and new tradition with its very first AIRC Awards Ceremony! These awards were established by the AIRC Membership Committee to recognize outstanding achievement, best practice and quality assurance in the field of international recruitment.
Nominations for the next awards cycle will being in June 1st. We encourage members to consider self-nominating or nominating a colleague. Nominations are due by October 1st.
2018 Award Winners
Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Dr. Pia Wood
Vice Provost and Dean of International Affairs, University of North Texas
Dr. Pia Wood has been active in AIRC since 2009 through the membership of the University of Tennesse, Knoxville and the University of North Texas. She has led AIRC as President of the Board and Board member from 2014 - 2017. She led professional development efforts, including launching the first recruitment strategy workshops and other workshop themes and most recently spearheaded the launching of AIRC's first certification course in International Student Recruitment and Enrollment Planning.
Quality Assurance Award Recipient
Dr. Jonathan Weller
Director of International Enrollment, University of Cincinnati
Jon Weller has demonstrated a deep commitment to the AIRC Certification Process, having completed 20 Agency Site Reviews since 2014. Furthermore, he has trained incoming, new reviewers on certification standards and site reviews, drawing from his very rich, deep personal experience in doing so. Jon has been very forthcoming not only as highly qualified External Reviewer, but also helpful as a contributor to the Certification Review Task Force and in serving as a resource for regional educational agency cultural norms. He has been very helpful as an institutional member bringing his qualified voice to many an important discussion, as well as offering recruitment advice.
Rising Star Award Recipients
Mr. Banit and Ms. Harkiran Sawhney
Imperial Overseas Education Consultants AIRC Certified Agency located in Mumbai, India
Banit (CEO) Sawhney and Kiran (Director) Sawhney are upheld as providing excellence in their dealings through their educational recruitment company, demonstrating professionalism, standards and practices that AIRC espouses. They are enthusiastic supporters and promoters of AIRC and show promise of continued adherence to quality and leadership in AIRC.
Agency of the Year Award Recipient
University Study Inc. has done much to participate and be involved in AIRC activities. Over the past year the AIRC Certified Agency has submitted candidates for AIRC offices, provided suggestions for topics at the annual conference, and advised on ways to update and improve the AIRC website. University Study's owner, Mr. Gary Bergman, has also actively promoted AIRC to a number of universities and encouraged them seek AIRC membership. Several have now become members. Furthermore, University Study Inc. has done a tremendous amount of work to promote and comply with AIRC standards and ethical service to a significant number of agencies around the world; both AIRC certified and non-certified. Its unique "Agency Portal" contains all AIRC Standards for Best Practice and all of our agreements mandate AIRC standards be reviewed and implemented.