Congratulations to Smart Education Link!

Congratulations to Smart Education Link for achieving NEAS endorsement in the Quality Education Agent category! Smart Education Link, an Australian-registered education agency, has been recruiting international students from its Sydney office since 2012. The agency focuses on recruiting students from Indonesia; it also services students from Southeast Asia (Thailand and the Philippines) and Northeast Asia (Japan and South Korea). Most students enrol in vocational education training courses. Smart Education Link offers a range of support services, including document translation by NAATI accredited or sworn translators, complimentary Australian SIM cards pre-arrival, and airport transfer services upon request. The agency has partnership agreements with NEAS members and is a member of the International Student Education Agents Association (ISEAA). 

NEAS assessed Smart Education Link’s application using Area J of the NEAS Quality Assurance Framework, focusing on these important Quality Principles: the presence of an ethical framework underpinning the practices of the agency and its counsellors; provision of information to stakeholders that is ethical, accurate and consistent; use of governance structures that are effective and transparent; supporting a performance and development culture for staff; implementing systematic risk management processes; and routinely obtaining stakeholder feedback to inform the continuous improvement of services. More information on Area J can be referenced here:  

NEAS employs a unique 360-degree stakeholder feedback model in its Quality Review processes, gathering structured feedback through telephone interviews with partner providers and students. This direct feedback consistently highlighted the agency’s high-quality results, with all providers reporting no issues with visa refusals and praising the high quality of Smart Education Link students. Student interviews emphasised the agency’s exceptional care and professionalism, particularly noting how staff attentively listened to their needs. Providers also commended the agency’s professionalism and quality over the years, reinforcing the positive feedback. A recurring theme from the stakeholder interviews was the agency’s strong focus on compliance with legal requirements and related processes. Students appreciated the detailed information and support provided by the agency, with comments like, “She gave me a lot of information on what I have to and don’t have to do because [I] didn’t know about the student visa process in Australia and she answered all my questions…which is what I really like and appreciate.” Providers echoed this sentiment, highlighting the agency’s understanding of industry regulations and their commitment to educating students on these matters. 

June 2024