This is a topic I've written (and spoken) about for many years. It might be time for me to update a 2014 article of mine entitled Walking the walk – Ethical agency-based recruitment about the many ways in which education companies cheat their partners, non-partners, and clients. The list just keeps getting longer and longer. Sigh. … Continue reading (Yet) Another Variation on the “Dog & Pony Show” Theme
Here's another one to add to my long and ever-growing list. It's a variation on the theme of the classic dog and pony show that so many education fairs are these days. As a fair organizer, do you want to guarantee a certain number of students at your events? Don't go the route of ethical … Continue reading Cheating in the Education Industry: Let Me Count the Ways!
If your institution awards financial aid to Vietnamese students, I hope your approach is of the "trust but verify" variety. Not all parents and students are honest, and Viet Nam is no exception. Many people of means are happy to game the system and accept financial aid, if they can get it. I remember a … Continue reading Financial Aid for Vietnamese Students?
This is yet another laughable yet very real practice in the education industry. Yes, dear reader, there are people in the biz who sit around doing this because 1) they have nothing better to do; 2) they're mean and spiteful little creatures; and 2) they don't realize just how short life is. More commonly, there are … Continue reading Click Farms in the Education Industry? You Betcha!
Let me preface this by saying that I like Uber in Viet Nam. The service is cheaper and more convenient than taking a taxi. My only wish is that they would have some sort of indication that the driver is a smoker in which case I would cancel the order. Unlike many taxi drivers, who … Continue reading Uber Scam in Viet Nam?
How many ways are there to skin a cat, when it comes to cheating students, parents, clients and partners? Here's one example that I mentioned in a 12/14 article about (un)ethical agency-based recruitment in Vietnam: Using a well-known competitor’s name in Google AdWords, an example of a dirty trick that is not illegal, but is … Continue reading Using Competitors’ Names in Google AdWords
Say it ain't so, Joe! I happened to be in the neighborhood and decided to stop by the British Council Vietnam's Education UK Exhibition in HCMC, which was held on 13 March at the Rex Hotel. Much to my surprise and disappointment, I noticed large groups of students, school uniforms and all (on a Sunday?), … Continue reading Dog & Pony Show Revisited: At an Education UK Exhibition?