Introduction

KIC UnivAssist collaborates with North American universities, enabling them to successfully advance their global engagement. We support institutional needs in student recruitment, study abroad, alumni engagement, institutional partnerships and public relations in India, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Our goal is to help universities develop and implement a comprehensive international engagement plan. Whether in student recruitment or a PR press release, there is a reason 140+ top U.S. institutions trust us with their international efforts and strategy development.

Our Key Strengths:

  • Presence in 25+ countries
  • Successfully conducted 30+ recruitment tours with 140+ partner universities
  • Strong network with 300+ high school and college counselors
  • Customized and holistic engagement strategies in India, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Europe and the Middle East for North American institutions
About UnivAssist

For more information, please write to us at: info@univassist.com.

Vision

We aspire to be the leading organization that guides and supports North American universities, enabling them to successfully plan and execute their international initiatives.

Mission

  • Connecting universities with international students who are a right fit with the institution
  • Supporting students' study abroad internationally
  • Increasing engagement and bringing international alumni closer to their alma maters
  • Enabling partnerships with international education institutions
  • Leveraging media to drive branding and awareness of higher education opportunities at North American institutions

Values

    Our values have been our guiding force for over 15 years, ensuring that we provide unparalleled services to our clients.

  • Thrill, don't just fulfill
  • Constantly innovate
  • Constantly evolve
  • Remain childlike - always willing to learn
  • Act with integrity

Services

  • Student Recruitment

  • PR
    & Media

  • Alumni
    Engagement

  • Institutional Partnerships

  • Study
    Abroad

Our Team

The strongest asset of KIC UnivAssist is its dedicated team with extensive experience in the field of education.

  • Ganesh Kohli

    In 2010, Ganesh Kohli jointly founded KIC UnivAssist with a vision to bring American education to the world. Ganesh is now the Chief Mentor for UnivAssist, providing thought leadership and direction to a fast

    growing organization. Ganesh has established many successful enterprises over the years, especially focused on the engagement/counseling needs of high schools and colleges around the world. Ganesh founded KIC (initially known as Kohli International Consultants) in 1997 as a test preparation and college counseling center for American education. Over the years, he has trained and counseled several thousand students, who have studied at a number of prestigious U.S. institutions. His teaching accomplishments include tutoring a student who produced an absolute 340 score on the GRE in 2013. Recognized as a thought leader in the community, Ganesh has visited over 450 U.S. colleges and universities in the last two decades, presented on U.S. education at several hundred high schools and colleges and been a regular participant and presenter at NAFSA and OACAC conferences. An engineer by education, he has also worked at different high schools as a teacher and college counselor. Ganesh is also leading an effort to bring the counseling community together through the IC3 Conference (www.ic3conference.com). He also volunteers with The Soul Science Foundation to bring meditation and life skills education to children in different parts of the world. Ganesh is based in Mumbai, and can be reached at ganesh.kohli@univassist.com

  • Swaraj Nandan

    As KIC UnivAssist Director and co-founder, Swaraj Nandan brings strong international perspective to the management team. He currently leads UnivAssist’s U.S. office and is responsible for product strategy and day-to-day

    operations. Over the years, Swaraj's work experience with multinationals has spanned multiple industries and countries, bringing with him a unique ability to drive constant innovation. Along his corporate stints with global financial services and consumer goods firms, Swaraj has continued to serve the educational needs in the community and has been an active mentor to students joining U.S. universities. A familiar face on the conference circuit, Swaraj has presented at NAFSA national conferences, all 11 NAFSA regional conferences, AIEA, OACAC, NYGAP and most recently at the SACAC conference. Swaraj also served on the Board of Directors of Lend-A-Hand India, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing vocational education and training in rural India. His educational credentials include two Master's degrees in business from top institutions in India and the U.S. Swaraj is based in New Jersey, and can be reached at swaraj.nandan@univassist.com

  • Lou Greenwald

    Director of University Relations for UnivAssist and an enrollment professional for over 15 years, Lou serves as primary contact and strategy consultant to our university clients, spending time to understand their current needs

    and provide customized solutions to enhance their international engagement. Lou adds to the global perspective of the KIC UnivAssist team, having traveled extensively in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East working with students and their families. Previously at Lasell College, Lou was instrumental in significantly growing international enrollment and driving the international partnerships/articulation agreement strategy. Lou holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Suffolk University and has also worked in the fields of marketing and entertainment. When he is not on his global travels, Lou loves to spend time with his wife and daughters and also to DJ. Lou is based in the Boston area and can be reached at lou.greenwald@univassist.com

  • Kate Lotz

    Communications Manager for UnivAssist, Kate creates and develops our marketing/communications, branding and publication strategy. Uniquely positioned with backgrounds in higher education and in

    international relations, Kate has lived and worked abroad in India, China, and the Caribbean, and has also served in student services and university academic resources administration. She completed undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Denver with a Master’s degree in International Studies and Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and French. Kate is based in New Jersey, and can be reached at kate.lotz@univassist.com

  • Tracy Beavers

    As Marketing Coordinator, Tracy Beavers works in areas including social media and graphic design for UnivAssist. She brings more than five years of experience from a variety of fields including equine and medical non-profit

    industries. Outside of work, Tracy enjoys showing her horse, spending time with family and eating at favorite local restaurants. Tracy graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Agricultural Communication. She is based in Columbus, Ohio, and can be reached at tracy.beavers@univassist.com

  • Shrikant Ayyangar

    As a Marketing and Communications Strategy Associate, Shrikant is responsible for crafting the communications strategy and copywriting the marketing materials at UnivAssist. He is also responsible for developing the public relations

    strategy and managing media communication. Shrikant has over ten years experience in corporate communications, digital marketing, content writing and editing. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting and a Diploma in Public Relations and Advertising from Welingkar Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai. Outside of work, Shrikant enjoys traveling, blogging and photography. He is based in Mumbai, and can be reached on shrikant.ayyangar@univassist.com

  • Tanvi Kamdar

    As Communications Coordinator, Tanvi helps to develop content, and also looks after email communications and logistics for recruitment tour programs. Tanvi’s previous experiences include content writing and editorial

    coordination for an IT firm and a publication house. She holds a graduation degree in BMM (Journalism) from Ramnarain Ruia College and has also completed a Diploma course in Journalism from K.C. College, Mumbai. She loves to travel whenever she gets the time and opportunity. Tanvi is based in Mumbai, and can be reached at tanvi.kamdar@univassist.com

  • Rohit Kandari

    As Project Lead, Rohit oversees the planning and implementation of various operational tasks for the university group tours in India and Southeast Asia. Rohit holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and has been

    working in the field of International Education for over four years. He is passionate about advising students and families in choosing the right-fit career path and institution. Before he joined UnivAssist, Rohit led a test-prep center in Mumbai and counseled hundreds of students on college choices, admission requirements, trends, financial aid opportunities, apprenticeship programs and job opportunities. He loves gaming, singing and exploring new places to understand different cultures. He is based in Mumbai, and can be reached at counselor@univassist.com.

  • Anjali Khavnekar

    Highly result driven, Anjali is an energetic and passionate individual with over 11 years of experience in the higher education sector.She serves as Director of Special Projects for UnivAssist. Anjali completed her Master’s degree

    in Microbiology from the University of Mumbai, and has travelled extensively all over India and also to Nepal, Sri Lanka and Dubai for student recruitment in a prior role. Her passion entails impacting young lives. Anjali is based in Mumbai, and can be reached at anjali.khavnekar@univassist.com.

Advisory Board

  • Dr. Joe Potts

    Dr. Joe Potts is assistant vice provost for international programs at the University of Kansas. He has recently returned to his alma mater after serving for three years as associate dean of international programs at Purdue

    University. Dr. Potts holds graduate degrees from the University of Kansas and Kansas State University. Before his service at Purdue, he directed International Student and Scholar Services at KU for fourteen years. Dr. Potts has lived and worked in both China and Japan and consulted on development projects in Vietnam. He was a Rotary Foundation ambassador to Brazil and served as a Department of State representative in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Potts has published work on theories of culture, the role of ethics in leadership, and the development of models for measuring the impact of international students on their host campuses. His teaching resume includes English language, leadership studies, and undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy.

  • Dr. Mike Brzezinski

    Dr. Mike Brzezinski began his career at Purdue University in 1993. In addition to directing the International Students and Scholars office for 16 years, Brzezinski has led International Programs as dean since 2009. Under his leadership, 9,000

    international students from more than 120 countries are now enrolled. A new study abroad initiative has increased student participation rates to their highest levels ever: more than 2,000 Purdue students study around the world on an annual basis. Furthermore, a new intercultural learning initiative has been established, focused on promoting and assessing intercultural learning that occurs during overseas study experiences as well as during co-curricular activities both on and off campus. Under Dr. Brzezinski’s leadership, a student integration subunit was created to promote learning between domestic and international students. Last but not least, Dr. Brzezinski was instrumental in spearheading a unique funding model at Purdue that led to the creation of nine positions assigned across the campus that focus on providing services to international undergraduate students.

News

  • UNIVASSIST FALL 2015 METRO INDIA TOUR FEATURED IN KOLKATA'S TIMES OF INDIARead more

  • UnivAssist Fall 2014 Emerging India Tour featured in Kolkata’s Hindustan Times Read more

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education Features UnivAssist's Director (July 2012) Read more

  • Inside Higher Ed Reports on KIC UnivAssist Educational Engagement Survey (February 2012) Read more

  • Careers360 Quotes KIC UnivAssist (October 2011) Read more

  • New York Times Quotes KIC UnivAssist (October 2010) Read more