On November 3-4 we held our 6th admissions conference in Asia-Pacific and first in India. The conference was run at Oberoi International School alongside the ManageBac User Group Conference, allowing participants to join sessions of interest from either. We were thrilled to welcome over 35 participants representing 18 schools.
Day One opened with Regional Director of Asia-Pacific, RVenus Lai, and OpenApply Director, MacKenzie Hovermale, providing a company update on the latest features and community offerings for ManageBac and OpenApply. Next Puja Srivastava, IT Director at OIS, took us through the journey of implementing OpenApply and ManageBac fully at the school within one year. Puja’s presentation featured an entertaining video with feedback on the systems from users around the school.
Later in the morning Claire McQuillan, Secondary Principal from Overseas School of Colombo, discussed using OpenApply at OSC to manage and manipulate data, and how it has streamlined their reporting process. Next OpenApply Associate Danny Doherty led the group in workshop sessions on the Parent Experience and Processing Applications in OpenApply.
Monisha Sujlana from DPS International School kicked off the Admissions & Marketing sessions on Day Two with a discussion on the key elements that parents look for when choosing an international school. Monisha encouraged attendees to step back and hit refresh to make sure they are keeping up with the trends of what families need from an international school.
After lunch and a school tour, Claire McQuillan from OSC shared how a small school does admissions and the similarities and differences compared to larger schools. Next Viivek Mashru, Director of Marketing, and Christopher Stachnick, Consultant Admissions & Marketing, from Indus International School discussed the other end of the spectrum: admissions for a school group. They shared the story of how they’ve revamped admissions at the Indus schools over the past year.