Sannam S4 is proud to work with 4 of the top 10 and over a dozen of the top 100 universities of the world*
We help many of the world’s leading educational institutions develop and succeed in high-growth education markets. Our in-country teams have a clear understanding of local opportunities, challenges and trends in different countries.
Because we serve institutions from across the globe, we understand international best practice in higher education and have a strong track record of implementing successful local strategies for our clients, helping them consistently outperforming their peers.
We help you excel internationally by
- Designing and implementing strategies which will increase your student recruitment numbers
- Improving the quality of your applicants via our rigorous student due diligence process
- Identifying, developing and managing institutional, corporate or public sector partnerships
- Establishing and helping operate a local in-country presence
- Via our unique LaunchPad™ service
- Through the formation and management of a local legal entity
- Ensuring local best practice and compliance (tax, regulatory, contractual)
- Developing and improving your in-market brand profile and reputation
- Organizing effective in-country programs for visiting delegations
- Developing local alumni chapters and fund raising campaigns
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Is the market you wish to enter right for your institution? We’ll help you assess and explore the market your educational establishment wishes to enter. With the information we provide, you’ll be able to better understand the student, academic, institutional and competitor landscapes before you actively commit.
MARKET RESEARCH / MARKET ASSESSMENT
We will deliver clear, accurate and actionable assessments to help you make informed strategic decisions. Our market research reports provide comprehensive analysis, including:
- Course assessment for student recruitment
- Institutional peer benchmarking
- Partnerships development (institutional, corporate and public sector)
- Funding opportunities (public and private sector)
- Student recruitment demand analysis and viable recruitment targets
- Local course/content demand assessment
We use our experience, expertise and local insights to identify, design and implement successful strategies for new markets.
- Venture validation – we will analyse your institutions value proposition and validate it, underlining your strengths and weaknesses relative to the target market and we’ll highligh opportunities for you to consider.
- Developing the right, local operating model –we provide a range of innovative, risk free and easy to adopt for establishing a local presence in your chosen market.
- Delivering performance improvement –we help drive your international marketing initiatives, student recruitment campaigns, application processing, partnership development and agent management and enrolment, to significantly enhance your performance in key markets.
You may have understandable concerns about entering a new international market.
How do you establish a local presence? Do you establish yourself as a legal entity or are there other alternative platforms that are less onerous and easier to manage? You will need to consider many aspects, including compliance, tax, office space, recruitment and HR issues and brand reputation if something goes wrong.
With a strong track record of supporting many of the world’s leading institutions in complex markets, we take care of your market entry needs ensuring you get results and also have peace of mind.
Our market entry services include:
- Local representation via LaunchPad™
- Identifying institutional, public or private sector partners
- Compliance, finance and tax management
- Company formation and management
- Student recruitment strategy, campaigns and screening
- Agent search, selection and management
Depending on your objectives, budget and priorities, we can provide a range of easy to implement, compliant and cost effective in-country operating models.
LaunchPad™ and LaunchPad Lite
We are the market leader in providing ‘in-country’ representation to globally active international educational institutions through our LaunchPad™ market-entry platform.
Using LaunchPad™ you can take the first step towards setting up a long-term presence in a new market. LaunchPad™ is fully compliant with local regulations and represents a low risk, cost-effective way of having a local presence in an overseas market. We’ll recruit dedicated and sector-experienced local staff to your organization, working under your name from one of our world-class offices around the world. In essence you can build a local operation, free from the governance issues and expense of having to set up a legal entity or having to manage something solo remotely.
Alternatively for an even more cost-effective way to build local understanding, and to develop the market, before making further commitment, you can opt for LaunchPad Lite. This will enable you to secure a local presence but pay only for the level of support that you actually need, delivering sector experienced local staff, who will work to your objectives, supported and driven by us, from one of our world-class offices in the selected market.
Download the LaunchPad™ information pack here.
Finding an Institutional Partner
We will identify and select the most qualified partners for your institution to fit your faculty, school or specialism.
Selecting the right institutional partners and managing them effectively can be very difficult in international markets. Understanding local reputations, agendas and capabilities is often fraught with challenges.
Once we have a clear understanding of your goals, our local experts will identify and present a shortlist of potential suitable partner candidates and provide an independent view on their strengths and weaknesses and their likely fit with your institution.
Sannam S4 supported the association of colleges (AoC) to share the UK’s expertise in providing world class vocational training with further education providers in India.
Compliance, Finance and Tax
Many institutions are unaware of the tax and compliance risks they run when operating overseas.
Our dedicated tax and compliance team will proactively manage your risk in key international markets. Areas our team deal with on a daily basis include the administration of donor gifts, research funding and grants, partnership arrangements, executive education, training, events and sponsorship. Our proactive approach to compliance and tax ensures you can focus on developing your local opportunities without the distraction of having to try and understand and manage all of the local tax, compliance and regulatory nuances.
3 of the top 5 universities in the world* use Sannam S4 to administer their compliance, financial administration & compliance
*According to the QS World University Rankings 2016/17
Formation and Management of a Local Legal Entity
Establishing the most appropriate local legal entity for your institution internationally and managing the finance and tax implications is a specialist job.
We will tailor the right entity structure for your organization to suit both your current needs and as your institution grows. We act as an extension to your international compliance team, delivering on-going local business support services to ensure that your institution always remains compliant.
Sannam S4’s Launchpad™ is the most widely used platform for international higher education institutions to enable local recruitment initiatives.
Educational institutions that work with us to support their in-country student recruitment efforts consistently outperform their peers. We use a range of approaches, recruit directly and develop and support existing agent channels to ensure a strong return on any investment made in an international market.
Agent Search, Selection and Management
Choosing the right recruitment agent and managing them effectively is crucial.
Against stringent criteria, we will shortlist and deliver an independent assessment of potential agents, their capabilities, reputation, motives and brand fit, enabling an institution to select the right partners.
Once your institution has committed to expanding in a particular overseas market, we provide all the necessary professional guidance and practical implementation support to ensure the initiative is a success.
You will not be the first international institution we have helped successfully expand in dynamic markets. In fact, we have helped 50 of the world’s leading institutions explore, enter and expand in dynamic markets worldwide. It’s what we do every day and why we are considered market leaders in this space.
Our services include:
- Staff Recruitment and HR Advisory
- Our Unique Launchpad™ Incubation Program
- Marketing, PR and Social Media Campaigns
- Design and Delivery Of Events, Missions and Delegations
- Alumni Support and Ongoing Management
Staff Recruitment and HR Advisory
We identify, attract, manage and retain quality local employees.
As a well-known recruiter for local talent for international institutions overseas, we identify candidates who have the right balance of local knowledge, passion, higher education sector experience and the ability of working effectively remotely within a multi-cultural institution. Our services cover initial recruitment, employment contracts, salary benchmarking and ongoing HR compliance management support.
We deliver bespoke local HR support to ensure the implementation of best practice and high levels of ongoing employee productivity, satisfaction and retention.
Our HR Advisory offering includes compliance with exit/entry protocols; cultural training; employment law, competency frameworks, HR policies and more.
Includes management of ongoing HR & employment formalities, employee handbooks, health/life insurance benefits and claims; managing probation periods and more.
Includes employee compensation assessments; working terms and conditions; performance management; grievance and appeals; maintenance of HR records and more
Our Unique Launchpad™ Incubation Program
We are the market leader in providing ‘in-country’ representation to globally active international educational institutions through our LAUNCHPAD™ market-entry platform.
Using LAUNCHPAD™ you can take the first step towards setting up a long-term presence in a new market. LAUNCHPAD™ is fully compliant with local regulations and represents a low risk, cost-effective way of having a local presence in an overseas market. We will recruit sector-experienced local staff to support your organization, working under your name from one of our world-class offices around the world. In essence you can build a local operation, free from the governance issues and expense of having to set up a legal entity or having to manage something solo remotely.
Download the LAUNCHPAD™ information pack here.
Marketing, PR and Social Media Campaigns
Using a range of traditional and innovative social media strategies, Sannam S4 will increase awareness and enhance the profile of your brand in overseas markets, setting you apart from your peers.
Building and enhancing your local social media presence, we will monitor and manage online posts about your institution. We will use a range of local social media platforms, chat rooms and mobile apps to ensure consistent, positive brand positioning of your institution, ensuring you are visible and delivering the right message, where it is needed most. Offline, our marketing support is focused on schools, colleges, students and their families. We deliver a full suite of marketing communications activity from media PR through to targeted marketing campaigns with a focus on delivering positive outcomes.
Design and Delivery Of Events, Missions and Delegations
Sannam S4 delivers highly successful international events, missions and delegations for institutions, governments and sector promotion agencies.
Our deliverables include fact-finding delegations for small academic/executive groups; venue selection; national/brand awarenesss campaigns through to large-scale recruitment fairs with attendee follow-up and more.
Alumni Support and Ongoing Management
Our alumni support service, ensures that your institution will not only remain relevant in the lives, hearts and professional minds of your alumni on their return home, but that returning graduates act as your local brand ambassadors, promoting the merits of choosing to study with you. Managed effectively your alumni will support your recruitment drives, help partnership development and contribute to fundraising and donor activities.
Using a range of tools and research methodologies, we will build and manage alumni databases, develop campaigns and tactics to attract and retain their interest and we organize fabulous alumni events that are talked about for many months afterwards.
We greatly appreciate the work you have done to shape our understanding of the India marketJason Reinoehl, Interim Vice President Enrollment Management and Marketing, University of DaytonWe greatly appreciate the work you have done to shape our understanding of the India market and to identify some highly motivated and eager potential partners. The report is structured in a way that allows for considerable depth, yet in an easy to consume structure. I know it will continue to be a valuable resource.
Our September intake has doubled in two yearsAndrew Ness, Sheridan College, OntarioOur September intake has doubled in two years – from a target of 1050 two years ago, to an intake sitting now at about 2280. This is due in large part to the work of Sannam S4 in india with our applicant pool, working the agent network and individual students through the application process, chasing acceptance confirmations and ensuring students have applied for their study permits. Thanks once again for all of your efforts in support of our success.
LaunchPad™ has given the University of South Florida the security of having an in-country presence without the hassleRoger Brindley, Vice Provost and USF System Associate Vice President for USF World University of South FloridaLaunchPad™ has given the University of South Florida the security of having an in-country presence without the hassle and tax and compliance administration of setting up a fully- fledged local office.
Sannam S4 has a fantastic reputationKarissa Peckham, Dean of Admissions, University of Bridgeport, a LaunchPad™ clientSannam S4 has a fantastic reputation and we will benefit from the expertise and experience of its team.
We are constantly looking to attract individuals of excellent academic ability for our coursesProfessor Jane Ohlmeyer, Vice- President of Global Relations, Trinity College DublinWe are constantly looking to attract individuals of excellent academic ability for our courses and we’re hoping that the wide coverage that our scholarship received in the Indian press will help us attract the best Indian students to study at Trinity College, Dublin.
The campaigns are always very successful and the team at Sannam S4 are instrumental in its successSinéad Lucey, International Education Manager, the Irish Universities AssociationThe Irish universities association utilize the services of Sannam S4 to plan and organize a series of education fairs and information sessions across India. The campaigns are always very successful and the team at Sannam S4 are instrumental in its success.
Enabled me to increase my own labour market knowledge and grasp of the recruitment process in IndiaHead of Careers Department, Australian InstitutionMy trip to India was incredibly valuable. Although I had a fair amount of knowledge about employers views, I got far more understanding of the diversity of views regarding returning graduates and how to prepare them for their return home. The visit enabled me to increase my own labour market knowledge and grasp of the recruitment process in India. It has also opened up some opportunities for our graduates. Additionally, it was great fun!
This visit (organised by Sannam S4) strengthened my understanding of the Indian MBA marketJulie Blant, Post-graduate Careers Service Manager, Nottingham University Business SchoolAs a top business school, we are very popular with experienced Indian professionals wishing to study an MBA qualification. This visit (organised by Sannam S4) strengthened my understanding of the Indian MBA market, as well as my understanding of the Indian labour market for returning graduates.”
Working with Sannam S4 internationally, we have recognized and begun to capitalize on the value of foreign students as highly effective ambassadorsVice Provost, International, Leading U.S. Business SchoolOur career and alumni departments have tended to ‘lose track’ of the majority of our international students after they graduate. Through working with Sannam S4 internationally, we have recognized and begun to capitalize on the value of foreign students as highly effective ambassadors for our institution