Press Release Archive

WES Mariam Assefa Fund Awards First Grants in Canada, Committing C$1.9M to Create More Equitable Systems for Immigrant and Refugee Workers
Toronto, CA—(Nov. 23, 2020) The WES Mariam Assefa Fund, the philanthropic arm of World Education Services (WES), today announced its first grants in Canada. The Fund is awarding C$1.9 million to six organizations that are building stronger career pathways for immigrants and refugees, supporting workers affected by COVID-19, investing in immigrant leaders, and nurturing the development of innovative solutions and greater capacity in the immigrant-serving sector.

World Education Services Submits Public Comment Opposing Proposed Rule Setting Time Limits on International Student Visas 
New York, NY—(October 27, 2020) On October 26, World Education Services (WES) submitted a public comment in opposition to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) proposed regulation Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission and an Extension of Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Academic Students, Exchange Visitors, and Representatives of Foreign Information Media to set fixed periods on the length of time international students can remain in the United States, arguing that the proposed rule would place an unnecessary and harmful burden on international students, higher education institutions, and the U.S. economy.

Immigrant Community Organizations Receive $2 Million in Philanthropic Funds – Twice the Initial Pledge
NEW YORK—(Sept. 24, 2020) The World Education Services (WES) Mariam Assefa Fund and the Tarsadia Foundation today announced 12 awardees of the Opportunity Challenge, a new grantmaking initiative to support the success of immigrants and refugees and the community-led organizations that serve them.

World Education Services Announces the Appointment of Astrid Vermeer as CFO
NEW YORK, NY—(Sept. 02, 2020) World Education Services (WES) today announced the appointment of Astrid Vermeer as its new chief financial officer (CFO). Vermeer joins WES after more than two decades overseeing finance and financial strategy at leading non-profit and private organizations in the international development sector.

World Education Services Announces the Appointment of Cheryl Cramer Toto as COO
NEW YORK, NY—(Aug.  05, 2020) World Education Services (WES) today announced the appointment of Cheryl Cramer Toto as its new chief operations officer (COO). Toto will oversee WES’ world-leading credential evaluation processes, while identifying new opportunities for the growth and evolution of the organization.

World Education Services Submits Public Comment Opposing Proposed Rule Greatly Limiting Asylum Protections
New York, NY— (July 17, 2020)–On July 14, World Education Services (WES) submitted to the Executive Office for Immigration Review a public comment opposing a proposed asylum regulation that would dramatically curtail the criteria for asylum and put applicants at grave risk of harm, in contravention of long-standing domestic and international conventions.

ICE Decision Requiring International Students to Study In-Person or Be Deported Will Cause Long-Term Harm, Says World Education Services
New York, NY—(July 10, 2020) World Education Services (WES) is deeply concerned about the recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) decision to revoke the visas of international students who do not take in-person classes this fall. The July 6 ICE action comes as  COVID-19 cases continues to spike across the U.S, raising serious public health concerns and putting both students and universities at risk.

WES Mariam Assefa Fund Awards $1.35 Million in Grants to Support Career Pathways for Immigrants and Refugees Amid Pandemic
NEW YORK—(June 18, 2020) The WES Mariam Assefa Fund, the philanthropic arm of World Education Services (WES), today announced the award of $1.35 million in grants to enable immigrant and refugee workers to advance in the workforce of today and tomorrow and build strong careers that support their families and themselves. The three grant recipients are Building Skills Partnership (BSP), the EdTech Center @ World Education (EdTech Center), and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

World Education Services Announces the Appointment of Four New Board Members
NEW YORK—(May 14, 2020)  World Education Services (WES) today announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Trustees. The new members are Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo; Helen Hayward, an Ontario-based independent board director and strategic advisor to organizations in the public and not-for-profit sector; Maryana Iskander, CEO of South Africa-based Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator; and Aaron Williams, who served as the 18th Director of the Peace Corps, from 2009 to 2012, and was most recently executive vice president of RTI’s international development group.

New Jersey’s Executive Order Allowing Immigrant Doctors to Join in the Fight Against COVID-19 Is ‘Critically Important,’ says World Education Services
New York, NY—(April 03, 2020) World Education Services (WES) applauds New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 112 as a positive step toward the goal of removing the barriers to employment for under- and unemployed immigrants and refugees who have healthcare degrees and experience.

WES Mariam Assefa Fund and the Tarsadia Foundation Announce the Opportunity Challenge: $1 Million to Uplift Immigrant Communities
NEW YORK—(March 10, 2020)  The World Education Services (WES) Mariam Assefa Fund and the Tarsadia Foundation today announced a joint $1 million grantmaking initiative to support the success of immigrants, refugees, and their communities nationwide.

World Education Services Expands Immigrant Professional Integration Program to 24 Communities Nationwide
NEW YORK—(Jan. 29, 2020) World Education Services (WES) has announced the selection of eight state and local communities to join its three-year-old Skilled Immigrant Integration Program, bringing the total number of participating communities to 24.

World Education Services’ New Research Highlights International Students’ Daily Life Challenges on and off Campus
NEW YORK—(Nov. 20, 2019) New research from World Education Services (WES) finds that while international students are generally satisfied with the quality of academic programs and support available on U.S. campuses, they also continue to face mental health, adjustment, and other challenges.

WES Mariam Assefa Fund Announces First USD$1.2M in Grants to Support Immigrant and Refugee Employment Initiatives
NEW YORK—(Sept. 4, 2019) The WES Mariam Assefa Fund today announced the award of USD$1.2 million in grants toward its goal of catalyzing economic opportunities and advancement for immigrants and refugees in the U.S. and Canada. The grants have been awarded to five organizations in the U.S.: the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, Jobs for the Future (JFF), Mission Driven Finance, Upwardly Global, and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.

World Education Services Launches the WES Mariam Assefa Fund to Provide Philanthropic Support to Organizations Striving to Help Immigrants and Refugees
NEW YORK—(June 4, 2019) World Education Services (WES) today announced the launch of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund. The USD $30 million philanthropic fund will support organizations that seek to bring down the barriers that keep immigrants and refugees from contributing their skills and joining the workforce in their new communities.

World Education Services Releases Its First Mobile Application
NEW YORK —(May 16, 2019)World Education Services (WES), the leading credential evaluation service in North America, has released its first-ever mobile application, the WES App.

World Education Services Appoints Esther Benjamin as CEO
NEW  YORK—(April 22, 2019) Esther Benjamin will join World Education Services (WES) as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director on June 17th. Benjamin comes to WES after a long career overseeing international organizations in the public, private, and civil society sectors, with a focus on global development and social impact. She will replace longtime WES Executive Director and CEO, Mariam Assefa, who announced her retirement in August 2018.

World Education Services Announces New Board Leadership
NEW  YORK—(Jan. 15, 2019) World Education Services (WES), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals achieve their higher education and professional goals in the United States and Canada, today announced the appointment of new board leadership.

Mariam Assefa Retiring as Executive Director of World Education Services
NEW YORK—(August 29, 2018) After 37 years as head of the leading international credential evaluation service in the United States and Canada, Mariam Assefa has announced her decision to retire from her role as Executive Director of World Education Services

World Education Services’ New Research Highlights Challenging Political Environment for International Student Recruitment
NEW YORK—(June 18, 2018) New research by World Education Services finds that the U.S. political environment is the biggest challenge to recruiting international students to college and university campuses. In response, most institutions have changed or are planning to change their international recruitment strategies.

World Education Services Pilots Blockchain-Based Digital Badges for Internationally Educated Students and Professionals
NEW  YORK—(May 30, 2018) World Education Services (WES) has announced plans to offer blockchain-based digital badges to qualified WES clients. WES, which evaluates international education qualifications and advocates for their recognition in the U.S. and Canada, is offering the badges through Credly, a leading provider of online credentials.

Shamira Madhany Joins World Education Services as Managing Director of the Organization’s Operations in Canada
TORONTO—(April 18, 2018) Shamira Madhany will join World Education Services (WES) as Managing Director, Canada, and Deputy Executive Director, WES, beginning on July 9th.

Tim Owen Retiring as Deputy Executive Director of World Education Services, and Director of the Organization’s Operations in Canada
TORONTO—(Jan. 18, 2018)  After almost 18 years as head of World Education Services’ Canadian Office, Tim Owen announced his retirement, effective in May of 2018. Owen will continue to serve as Director of WES Canada and Deputy Director of World Education Services (WES) until a successor is named and the transition is complete.

New Research From World Education Services Shows Career Outcomes for Current International Students and Alumni
NEW YORK—(October 17, 2017) New research from World Education Services (WES) finds that 89 percent of international alumni and 92 percent of current international students believe their U.S. education is a good investment. However, many face difficulties navigating visa authorization, gaining work experience, and finding jobs in their home countries or the U.S. after graduation.

World Education Services Releases New Research into International Students’ Experiences Working with Education Agents
NEW YORK—(June 6, 2017)  New research from World Education Service (WES) indicates that two-thirds of U.S.-bound international students who work with education agents use independent rather than institution-sponsored agents. The remaining third—those who work with sponsored agents—often pay agent fees of more than USD $1,000 on top of commissions paid by institutions. This type of double payment is at the heart of the ongoing debate about practices among international education agents that many in U.S. higher education…

WES Provides Support for International Students and Skilled Immigrants in New York City
NEW YORK—(November 11, 2016) How do I find a job in the U.S. when I earned my degree in another country? How do I adjust to the American education system? Millions of international students and skilled immigrants grapple with these questions and more as they navigate life in a new country…

World Education Services: Helping International Students Thrive on Campus
NEW YORK—(Oct. 4, 2016) International students often face unique challenges to success while studying in the United States. Understanding those challenges and helping international students overcome them is key for higher education institutions that want to recruit and retain top international students…

WES Spearheads Efforts to Help Refugees Have their Educational Credentials Recognized 
TORONTO—(May 18, 2016) After years of enduring civil war, more than 25,000 Syrian refugees recently arrived in Canada and are dreaming about a successful life in their new home….

World Education Services Celebrates 15 Years in Canada
TORONTO—(October 22, 2015) World Education Services (WES) is celebrating 15 years serving skilled immigrants and international students in Canada.

International Students Assess Reputation, Cost, and Career Opportunities for Master’s Programs
NEW YORK—(October 5, 2015) International students have become an essential student body across many U.S. campuses How Master’s Students Choose Institutions: Research on International Student Segmentation is a new report ….

Citizen and Immigration Canada Designates World Education Services to Provide Educational Credential Assessments Under Federal Skilled Worker Program
NEW YORK—(April 18, 2013) Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has designated World Education Services Canada (WES Canada) as a provider of educational credential assessments for applicants applying under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) for immigration.

New Academic Credential Package Speeds Up International Admissions
NEW YORK—(January 26, 2010) Universities can save time and reduce errors when reviewing international applications for admission when prospective students use the World Education Services International Credential Advantage Package.