International Partners and Agents

ATU Sligo is seeking to establish a panel of Education Agents to support the recruitment of non-EU students.

All applicants who complete the Qualification Questionnaire and who clearly demonstrate they operate within this service area will be considered for admittance to the panel. 

The panel will be available to facilitate the recruitment of international students on behalf of ATU Sligo by International Recruitment Agents/Consultants initially for the 2021/22 academic year and for the duration of the panel (maximum of five years but not guaranteed). 

Identified Territories

AYU Sligo wishes to appoint qualified and competent service providers to the following ten (10) territories: 

  • West Africa: Nigeria; Ghana. 
  • East Africa: Kenya; Uganda; Rwanda; Ethiopia; Zimbabwe; Tanzania. 
  • South Africa 
  • East Asia: China: Hong Kong; South Korea; Taiwan; Japan. 
  • South Asia: India; Pakistan; Sri Lanka; Bangladesh; Nepal. 
  • South-East Asia: Indonesia; Malaysia; Thailand. 
  • MENA: Oman; Saudi Arabia; UAE; Kuwait; Egypt. 
  • South America: Brazil; Mexico. 
  • North America: Canada; USA. 
  • Europe: EU Member States; Turkey; Ukraine; Russia. 

Candidates can join one or more territories, provided they meet the qualification criteria and can demonstrate capacity to conduct effective promotional and recruitment campaigns in the named territories, which is required by successful panel members. 

Please note that this is anindicative listof territories, and it is the intention of IT Sligo to expand the network of territories in the future. 

The purpose of the Open Agent Panel is to enable the pre-qualification of suitable parties on a continuous basis over the next five years for each of the territories identified. The Open Panel is a mechanism for parties interested in being considered for the relevant work to qualify for consideration. 

The Panel will operate with an initial closing date; however, candidates are free to apply for consideration at any time thereafter. The purpose of the initial closing date is to provide The Contracting Authority with the maximum number of applications for consideration in an efficient timescale. 

The Panel combines three stages from qualification to the award of contract, and will operate for a period of five (5) years with an option to terminate at any time prior to the expiry of the closing date. 

The Open Panel Process

Interested parties are invited to complete the Qualification Questionnaire. While this Panel will remain open for applications for the entire duration of five (5) years, candidates wishing to be considered for requirements arising in the near future must respond by the specified deadline (which is set as an initial deadline). 

Responses to the Questionnaire will be assessed in accordance with the selection criteria and minimum rules summarised in Appendix 1 of this document, which is on the basis of the pass/fail criteria set out in the questionnaire. The criteria are aimed at establishing the technical and professional abilities of candidates. It is emphasised that admission to the Panel will be contingent upon attaining a ‘pass’ score under each criterion. 

All those who qualify will be admitted to the Panel. This is not a guarantee of any contract being awarded. 

As and when requirements arise, The Contracting Authority will enter into a tender process and discussions with all appropriate providers in the relevant territories and may enter into agreements with one or more providers for each territory. 

A formal agreement will be put in place which will cover the scope of services, obligations on the service provider and fees. 

Notification to Candidates

Generally, within 20 days of application receipt, unless the volume of applications is such as to make this commitment impossible to comply with – in such instances candidates will be notified that a response will be provided within 30 days. 

Access to the Panel after the Initial Closing Date

The panel will remain open for applications being received for a period up to five years from the date of issue of the Qualification Questionnaire. 

Submission of Applications

Please complete the Qualification Questionnaire.

Completed questionnaires should be returned by email to 

Please read the Qualification Questionnaire Instructionsbefore completing and submitting the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.  

Evaluation of Applications

Applications will be evaluated strictly on their merit in accordance with the published selection criteria and minimum rules specified in the Qualification Questionnaire. 

Further information

Requests for additional information and clarification on any matters relating to the panel of education agents or qualification questionnaire must be made to Patrick Lynch, International Officer Manager.


Qualification Questionnaire

Qualification Questionnaire Instructions  

London Statement of Principles