A world leader in helping American colleges and universities connect with overseas students and institutions, adds bandwidth to help assure our clients’ success.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.Aug. 23, 2017  — Edu Alliance Group Inc., a world leader in helping American colleges and universities connect with overseas students and institutions, adds bandwidth to help assure our clients’ success.

These are difficult times for those who believe foreign student exchange plays an important role in education. In an environment increasingly challenging to immigrants, competitive colleges and universities are looking for ways to establish and maintain international educational partnerships. Edu Alliance helps develop strategic plans for institution-wide internationalization, establish the international relationships necessary to mount a successful program, and to assess and quantify the effect of those programs once implemented.

We focus on developing international strategies for higher education between the United States and the Middle East and south Asia.  We help develop new methods to implement internationalization including establishing active partnerships and alliances in many regions of the world.

We’re proud to welcome to the Board of Directors of our US firm:

Chet(1)Dr. Chester Haskell was founding executive director of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and also served as Executive Director of the Harvard Center for International Affairs. He is currently engaged in quality assurance and accreditation, serving as a consultant to the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (US) and the Council on International Quality Group (US). He served as a peer reviewer for the WASC Senior Colleges and University Commission (WSCUC) assessing institutions in California and internationally (DubaiAbu DhabiIndiaMexico). He has served several years on the international advisory committees of ANECA (Spain’s national accreditation body) and ACAP (the accreditor for the autonomous region of Madrid). He was President of the Monterey Institute of International Affairs, and Cogswell Polytechnical College.

Dr. Haskell’s focus is international higher education, accreditation, organizational management, faculty relations, curriculum development, fundraising, alumni affairs, and external relations. He has led consulting efforts working with universities in several countries including the United States (University of California, San Diego), Mexico (Universidad Anahuac), Holland (University Medical Center, Utrecht), Spain (Universidad Internacional de La Rioja), Brazil (Universidade Tiradentes

Dr. Haskell joins Edu Alliance as a full partner and member of the Board of Directors.

Senthil 2 copyDr. Senthil Nathan is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Edu Alliance Ltd.  based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He is the former Deputy Vice Chancellor/Vice Provost of the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE, an international institution with 17 campuses and faculty from across the globe. He has consulted on the establishment and operation of international education and training with institutions in the UAE, United StatesCanadaIndia, and several African nations. The President of IndiaAbdul Kalam, presented him with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indian National Institute of Technology, and he is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Livingston University in Uganda. His areas of expertise include Academic Program Development and Management, Policy Formulation, Budget Planning and Management, Institutional Effectiveness, Educational Planning and Evaluation, International Collaborations, Strategic Planning and Implementation.

He holds a PhD from Rice University in Houston, and has completed executive education programs at Harvard and MIT. Dr. Nathan joins the Edu Alliance United States operations as a member of the Board of Directors.

The addition of Dr. Haskell and Dr. Nathan to the US operations adds more than 70 years of experience at the highest levels of international education to Edu Alliance’s stable of advisors and consultants.

Dean Hoke, Managing Partner/Chairman of Edu Alliance Group, says this:

“The expansion adds breadth and depth to what we offer US colleges and universities. Whether it’s starting an international program or upgrading an existing program, we’ve got the experience, the knowledge, and the international connections to push a vision forward and demonstrate its value to institutional stakeholders.”


Edu Alliance Ltd is a higher education consulting services firm founded in 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  The US firm Edu Alliance Group was opened in 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana.  The company provides the experience and expertise colleges and universities need to expand and optimize their engagement with students and institutions around the world. We help universities think strategically and creatively about their international programs.  Edu Alliance provides a diverse group of distinguished higher education professionals to research, plan, and execute international education programs.

Media Contact: Tom Johnson, Excellent Prospects LLC, 502-419-8204,

Happy Birthday Al-Fanar Independent Education News for the Arab World


In April 2012 David Wheeler formerly Managing Editor, Global Edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education asked if I would be interested in attending a workshop and giving my input in the potential launch of a journal/paper.  The basic idea was to hear from the participants their views on a potential new publication with the tentative name of the Arab Journal of Higher Education. The Workshop was organized and sponsored by the Alexandria Trust and was held in in Cairo May 12-14.

Forty eight of us including many Arab academics and western expats who worked in the region were in attendance during the two and half days. It was a passionate group who had varied and strong views about what a new publication should be, but unanimous in the view a higher education publication which focused on the Arab world was needed.  Al-Fanar as it’s now called states its mission is to, “publish independent news and analysis and serve as a platform for dialogue among institutions within and beyond the Arab world.”

One year ago Al-Fanar began publishing its online paper in English and in Arabic. It has slowly but surely progressed and has been gaining a loyal audience.

On the 11th of January, 2014 Al-Fanar ran a series of articles on the compensation packages of professors in the Public-university in 12 Arab countries.

ü  A Survey of Public-University Professors’ Pay

ü  Employment in the Gulf: Not Always What it Seems

ü  The Economic Struggle of Public-University Professors

ü  Graphic and FAQs: Arab Public-University Salaries

The series brought to light the economic status of higher education professors through the region. In Graphics and FAQs Arab Public-University Salaries they stated:

This survey is the first regional survey of the compensation of Arab public-university professors. The vast majority of Arab youth are educated at public universities, and so the professors at them are responsible for shaping the next generation. But in many countries, they have little or no economic motivation to take up this important profession. While money isn’t the only motivation, it is an important one, and compensation can show the priorities of governments and societies. This survey is not necessarily an argument for more spending on higher education–economic data indicates that education spending in many Arab countries is strong, but does not always seem to effectively produce qualified graduates.

The series broke new ground showing the economic challenges of being a professor in the Arab world. The stories were well written, presented data not well known to the higher education community, and will be a bench mark on compensation for future studies.

I was excited when David Wheeler told me of his plans in 2011 while I was visited him in DC and honored to be one of the people asked to attend the Workshop in May 2012.  With Al-Fanar just finishing its first year of publication it’s apparent to me they have succeeded as an independent news platform for higher education in the Arab World.

If you have not subscribed for this free publication I would recommend you do so. Go to Al-Fanar Media and click subscribe.

Happy Birthday and keep up the good work.

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