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3 Ways Technology is Revolutionizing College Admissions in Asia

And how it helps students get into their dream colleges

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BY Stanley Chia - 26 Jul 2017

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College applications can be tricky to navigate – with different universities having different processes that can stump even the brightest minds. As admissions into elite institutions become increasingly competitive, a new trend is emerging which sees families and students turning to professional consultants for assistance during the application process.

So how can Asia’s students get into their dream colleges? Here are three technology-driven ways.

1. Increased proliferation of AI

In Asia, few public schools have full time counselors to help students with their applications to colleges overseas. In the schools that do, many simply do not have the time or bandwidth to cater to the needs of every individual student - leaving many students feeling clueless and alone.

In Singapore, the Ministry of Education is set to deploy 100 counselors to public schools and institutions by 2017 to help students make informed higher education choices. This has created a situation of limited counselors, each with even more limited time, fighting to maintain quality and productivity; a perfect environment for Artificial Intelligence (AI) to thrive as an enabler. The use of AI offers unparalleled insights that enables counselors to better advise students around admissions.

2. Smarter decisions with smarter data

The increase in educational consultancies is a necessary response to the rising demand for quality higher education. According to ICEF Monitor, India is a key sending market and major player in international student mobility and saw a 62% growth in enrolment to schools in the United States between 2013 and 2015. China is expected to spend 12.5% of its overall consumption growth on education for those under 30 over the next 15 years. Many students may struggle to articulate their aspirations effectively in their application essays and higher education consultancies are better able to offer assistance to the circumstantial and practical demands of today’s students and parents.

In a bid to stay ahead of competitors and increase success rate, consultancies are investing heavily in continued learning of admissions processes and best practices, particularly through the use of technology. This includes being more data driven in decision-making.

Modern education, once operating under a "one-size-fits-all” framework, is changing with the times to become more personalized, and this is forcing consultancies to meet the challenge of educating today’s students, often with the help of technology.

3. The rise of edtech

Education technology (edtech) solutions, such as software platforms, offer students greater clarity of the application processes and allows them to receive up-to-date, necessary information that increases their application chances.

As a result, technology has empowered students in their education journey, allowing for greater access into leading global colleges, and offering them the tools and insights to discover colleges that they may not have considered previously. The advent of edtech is set to revolutionize the archaic education industry, and education consultancies and institutions alike will gradually find the need to deliver modern education solutions.


Stanley Chia is the co-Founder and COO of Singapore-based edtech start-up Cialfo

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