The calibre of candidates ASI bought to us was overwhelming.
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Why we chose to use ASI rather than manage the search ourselves.
Established in 1999, ASI was the first executive search firm to operate exclusively within the academic sector in the Asia Pacific region.
The first academic search firm to achieve membership of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).
A consistent offer rate of 93% and above.
Over 500 international and national academic appointments have been made for more than 50 Universities.
For the past 2 years ASI has exceeded industry placement rates and successfully placed 89.5% of senior executive searches.
A network of over 60,000 academics and researchers from 6,000 universities worldwide.
A regular sponsor of (and our people are guest speakers at) a number of conferences, including ACU Conference for Executive Heads, ACU HR conference, NZUHR, AFR Higher Education Summit, AHEIA, Go8HR Conference, the TEMC and the Australian Benchmarking conference.
A global presence - 53% of appointments are international candidates.
A strategic partnership with HR Global Innovations; providing access to local knowledge of the higher education sector in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Australia.
The advantage of ASI is that academic recruitment isn’t just part of our business. It’s our whole business. Our world, in fact.
As the first firm in the Asia/Pacific region to work exclusively in the field of higher education, our knowledge of this sector is unrivalled: we understand academics and the unique requirements of universities and institutions. Which means we can change and adapt to the unique pressures of the sector.
In the past 15 years, our team of industry experts has conducted more than 500 successful searches throughout New Zealand, Australia and around the globe. During that time, we’ve placed numerous highly qualified candidates into leading roles for our client institutions, including Professors, Heads of Departments or Schools, Deans and senior academic and administrative leaders; across a wide range of disciplines, from arts to business to science to medicine.
What’s more, our depth of knowledge, breadth of global reach and unparalleled success rate means we continue to lead the market today.
"We typically engage ASI after we have tried conducting our own recruitment exercise, or if we anticipate difficulty sourcing candidates in a particular discipline. We’re always confident that ASI will produce a list of strong contenders and they have helped us make some excellent international appointments."
Senior Human Resources Advisor
ASI has one of the largest search database of academics in the Asia/Pacific region with over 6,000 universities and institutes and more than 60,000 academics, researchers and senior executive staff.
Our expert team continuously refines and customizes our leading-edge systems and processes to ensure we have the latest information at our fingertips. And our leading-edge technology and recruitment software means this comprehensive ‘knowledge bank’ of potential candidates is up to date at all times.
These unparalleled resources, combined with our extensive international relationships, means we have the ability to seek out and attract the best possible talent from around the globe.
ASI consistently performs above the industry average, with a candidate offer rate of 93% and above during the past decade. Our expert search process is rigorous and far-reaching, with highly qualified candidates being successfully sourced worldwide.
And we continue to build depth across the globe in the higher education sector by developing relationships with similarly focused firms dedicated to the sector. What’s more, ASI is the first academic search firm to achieve membership of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), which only accepts the top executive search firms in the world following a stringent approval process.
" We have used ASI for several key appointments. Our university sets high expectations of appointees and it’s important that we can trust our agency to deliver on what we require. ASI’s process and due diligence is very rigorous including, for instance, obtaining verbal references."
Head of Human Resource Management Division
University of Waikato
" I was highly satisfied with ASI’s service, they listened, they were diligent, responsive and professional, showed considerable initiative and the result was two excellent professorial appointments."
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR GRAHAM PARTINGTON
Chair of the Finance Discipline
The University of Sydney Business School
Our international team comprises a well-travelled, well-educated and well-qualified group of recruitment professionals. Ours is a dynamic and professional team; all our members are energetic, experienced and passionate about working with the higher education sector. We like to work closely with our clients, gaining an in-depth understanding of their particular recruitment needs, to ensure we find the right person to work with your people. What’s more, our breadth of professional relationships across the university sector means we know who’s who and who’s available in the academic sector.
Sonia Pechner and the ASI team produced a great result in their search undertaken for me, tailoring an astute international approach which was responsive to the University’s detailed needs. They successfully delivered a strong field, very well aligned to the starting brief.
PROFESSOR JANE LONG
University of Tasmania
"ASI has assisted the Division of Health Sciences in appointing professors and deans for several years. Because of the small size of the New Zealand market, all of our searches are international and we are very happy with the international appointments we’ve made."
PROFESSOR PETER CRAMPTON
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Health Sciences
University of Otago
“Academic Search International consistently produces first class results for the University of New South Wales. Regardless of how difficult the search may be, ASI are able to turn up quality candidates and build highly effective working relationships with them during the recruitment process. I do not hesitate to recommend ASI to any other university.”
MR DAVID WARD
Director, Human Resources
University of New South Wales
"We struggled to fill two senior positions on our own, whereas ASI was successful. For instance, one of our positions was an endowed Chair and it was critical that we meet a particular set of criteria. The list presented by ASI helped us make an excellent appointment."
PROFESSOR TED ZORN
Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Business