Raphael Arias

Raphael Arias
Founder and CEO of EducationLink. After 4 years in banking, Raphael founded EducationLink to help the international education industry move forward. He specialises in innovation, strategy and business development.
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Migration advice: what can education agencies do and not do?

Posted by Raphael Arias on 02 Sep 2019

A few months ago, EducationLink helped ISEAA in its official launch. At EduLink we believe in helping every way we can to foster a healthy and growing international education industry.

In this keynote, Michal Sestak, director of SIS Consulting and a Registered Migration Agent with 25 years of experience explains what's allowed for international education agencies when in respect to migration advice (tip: it's not, but it's more complicated than that).

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Topics: international education legislation

Free guide: creating better GTE letters

Posted by Raphael Arias on 26 Aug 2019

"All applicants for a Student visa must show they are coming to Australia temporarily to gain a quality education." the government says. This key piece of information will most of the time decides if the student will get the visa granted or not. That's why it's incredibly important to get it right the first time.

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Topics: education agent counsellor, education agency sales

Chef Gordon Ramsay on how to run an international education agency!?

Posted by Raphael Arias on 14 Aug 2019

Internationally renowned, multi-Michelin starred chef, restaurateur, writer, television personality and food critic Gordon Ramsay knows a lot about food and business. But today we'll learn from him on how to run a successful business and we'll apply to the international education industry.

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Topics: education agency strategy

From October 1st, agent record keeping is changing. Here's what you need to know.

Posted by Raphael Arias on 04 Aug 2019

Education providers in Australia will be required to keep more information regarding their students, or to put more technically "[..] records of each accepted student who is enrolled with a registered provider or who has paid any tuition fees for a course provided by the provider must include the following details [...]".

But the Australian government is also asking for a little bit more information of the agent that is enrolling the student. We went through the pages and pages of the Education Services for Overseas Students Regulations 2019 document for you, here's the summary.

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Topics: international education legislation

Free ebook: how to skyrocket your sales and improve your day-to-day counseling

Posted by Raphael Arias on 20 May 2019

You may be an education agent counselor, maybe an agency owner, maybe just the marketing person. But there's no denying that the very foundation of any agency is a great experience when counseling.

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Topics: education agent counsellor, education agency sales

EducationLink is moving from AWS to Google Cloud. Here's what it means to you and to us.

Posted by Raphael Arias on 17 May 2019

Google has some uniquely powerful and flexible cloud services, while since the beginning EducationLink was always hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS), that will not be the case for much longer anymore, we're moving to Google Cloud Platform. And here's everything you need to know.

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Topics: educationlink meta

NSW by the numbers: the international education infographic

Posted by Raphael Arias on 13 May 2019

We all know, everything's better when put in an infographic, so here it's the Study NSW's 2018 international education snapshot. With its impressive numbers, NSW ranked the leader in international education in 2018, with 264k students, mainly from China though. With almost 100k jobs in NSW alone. Take a look below at this great infographic from the folks at Study NSW.

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Topics: education agency strategy

The CRICOS website: a missed opportunity. And the future of international education in Australia.

Posted by Raphael Arias on 06 May 2019

CRICOS is the worse, but still the crème de la crème, compared to almost any other major country with large international education exports. While the CRICOS website is fairly good to search for courses, it's vastly outdated, with no reliable data and a missed opportunity.

Why is that? Why such a great opportunity to have reliable data, a source of unbiased information and a great marketing tool is so bad? In this article we discuss a little bit about it, and look what does it tell about international education in Australia.

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Topics: international education legislation

The best YouTube channels to practice English - and to also learn something new.

Posted by Raphael Arias on 29 Apr 2019

You're learning english, and things are going great. You try to immerse yourself in the culture, and this includes the websites you visit, the books you read, the movies you watch (this one is easy) and the YouTube channels you follow.

There's nothing better to practice and learn something when it's about subjects you like and is curious about. In here, we have a list of dozens of channels that will help you practice English (listening), increase your vocabulary and also teach you about science, technology, entertainment, movies, business, and other topics.

Use this list for yourself, or feel free to share with your students by sharing this link, putting in your website or via email.

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Topics: education agent counsellor, international student help

The education agent FREE sales and marketing toolkit

Posted by Raphael Arias on 09 Mar 2019

In the world of marketing, it seems like there are always new tools, tips, tricks, and trends to discover and incorporate into your marketing strategy. And when you’re just starting your marketing strategy, all of the tools available for you to use can be overwhelming. Which tools to use in your education agency, when to use them, how to leverage them properly, etc.

Here we have a complete list of tools you can use in your education agency - even if you're an education counselor - for various functions of your marketing and sales. From content creation to distribution to closing deals, this toolkit includes every kind of tool you’ll need for successful marketing.

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Topics: education agency sales

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