Times Higher Education (THE), a data provider to universities, has forged a partnership with ApplyBoard, an online international student-recruitment start-up that recently reached unicorn status.

At a time when international student mobility has been hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic, THE has sought to assist “millions” of prospective overseas students with their decision making throughout the exploration, application and onboarding phases.

Inflexion Private Equity-backed THE said that its partnership with Canada-based ApplyBoard, which last month was valued at $1.4 billion, will allow students seeking to study in Cananda who visit its website to receive additional assistance from ApplyBoard via referral.

Founded in 2015, ApplyBoard has seen “exponential growth”, THE said in a press release, noting that it has assisted more than 120,000 students to date, has links with over 1,200 educational institutions and ties to more than 4,000 recruitment partners. In September, the firm raised $55 million in a Series C extension funding round, after securing $76 million in the initial raise.

“ApplyBoard is expertly placed to simplify the study-abroad search, application and acceptance process,” said THE, which is perhaps known best for its World University Rankings.

Paul Howarth, chief executive of THE (pictured), said: “In the near future, THE will be revealing a new end-to-end platform for those looking to study abroad. With high-quality partners like ApplyBoard, we’re bringing together the best in the world to help students make one of the most important decisions of their lives – who to trust with their education.”

Meti Basiri, co-founder and chief marketing officer of ApplyBoard, said: “In THE, we find a partner who shares that vision wholeheartedly, a partner that is also one of the most influential brands in global higher education with a unique, rich dataset that’s trusted by millions of international students every year. Together we can support more undergraduates and postgraduates than ever, taking the pain out of everything from finding the right university and course to obtaining visas.”

Jo Johnson, chairman, international, at ApplyBoard, former UK universities minister and brother of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said: “Together, by creating a seamless end to end digital journey that lowers barriers to participation in higher education, THE and ApplyBoard can ensure we’re doing our very best to help as many of these students as possible at this challenging time.”

Date published: 6 October 2020

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