Unibuddy and Uni Direct partner to enhance student experience
Unibuddy and Uni Direct have signed a partnership to enhance student experience by focusing on embedding peer-to-peer conversations in a student’s journey.
Unibuddy, an online platform that connects potential university applicants to existing students, has partnered with Uni Direct, which facilitates students in deciding on universities and completing the admission process.
The partnership will let prospective students connect with current students of their preferred university when they connect with a Uni Direct agent.
With the partnership, peer-to-peer will be embedded in the student journey and students will have a chance to have personalised conversations and receive expert advice and support from Uni Direct.
Diego Fanara, CEO of Unibuddy, believes that in the digital age students are in search of various resources to facilitate their journey to university and this collaboration allows students to take advantage of expert agents and experienced peers. They believe that by this students will get a holistic view and will be able to make an informed decision in regards to their higher education.
Students will find benefits of Uni Direct and Unibuddy tie-up ‘invaluable’
Dr Elizabeth Adey, founder of Uni Direct, said: “Where our partner universities use the Unibuddy platform, by directing our students to speak to existing students, we have found this an invaluable tool in guiding them to make their choice.
“In all cases, we find peer to peer is now as important as university rankings and location, in terms of student choice. We see Unibuddy as a really exciting development in the higher education sector.
“Digital peer to peer tools put student satisfaction at the heart of decision making.”
Since the start of the lockdown, the use of the Unibuddy platform and the organisation of virtual events have increased exponentially as applicant visit days and university open days have been cancelled.
As compared to January, the number of students signing up to chat with a current student ambassador has risen by 200%.
This is the first time Unibuddy says it has partnered with an agent to facilitate student recruitment.
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