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,

Welcome to the new Provost of American University of Ras Al Khaimah

Edu Alliance an international higher education consulting firm who was appointed to conduct the extensive international search, is pleased and privileged to join our client  The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK)  in announcing Professor Stephen C. Wilhite as the university’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success.

New_AURAK_provost_Prof_Wilhite_(Photo_ME_NewsWire)Prof. Wilhite, who joins the university in time for the 2017/18 academic year, brings a wealth of experience to the role. He served as provost at Widener University, Philadelphia, since 2011, as well as a period as interim president from 2015 to 2016. He also served a number of other leadership positions at Widener, such as associate provost for graduate studies, and dean of the School of Human Service Professions.

Commenting on the new appointment, AURAK president, Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim stated, “We have made significant progress over the last year, culminating in the university being granted candidacy by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). In Prof. Wilhite, we have another outstanding administrator joining our team, who will no doubt significantly contribute to the advancement of AURAK and the attainment of our goals.”

Originally from Tennessee, Prof. Wilhite earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University, Atlanta, U.S., where he graduated with highest honors. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, he was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to attend the University of Oxford, England, earning a Ph.D. in Human Experimental Psychology.

Prof. Wilhite was a participant in a year-long institute for New Chief Academic Officers with the American Council on Education, attended the Management and Leadership in Education Institute at Harvard University, and had a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois.

With AURAK striving for SACSCOC institutional accreditation, Prof. Wilhite also has invaluable experience. He has been a member of accreditation site visit teams for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Prof. Wilhite authored the book, Learning and Memory: The Basis of Behavior (1992) and edited the book, Civic Engagement and Service Learning in a Metropolitan University: Multiple Approaches and Perspectives (2011). In total, he has more than thirty publications and has presented more than fifty scholarly papers.

Prof. Wilhite’s current research interests include applied cognitive psychology and educational psychology, especially in relation to civic and community engagement, emotional competence, higher education leadership, and faculty development.


About  Edu Alliance: Edu Alliance is an educational management consulting company – with offices in the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America. As part of our integrated management consulting services to university clients, we are often engaged to conduct executive search for leaders of universities. Edu Alliance is uniquely placed to assist in such a confidential executive search. All of our consultants have been senior university administrators and leaders. With the in-depth experience in recruiting Deans, VPs, Provost and Presidents from US / UK to the UAE in the past two decades, Edu Alliance principals have a proven track record and strong networks around the world to meet this major challenge.

Contacts: United Arab Emirates  Dr. Senthil Nathan – United States – Dean Hoke