In an attempt to facilitate foreign universities to accept the
payment of tuition money in Indian currency,
Western Union Co.
) has launched a new service. The new service will be provided by
the company's unit Western Union Business Solutions and will help
more than 200,000 Indian students, who opt for international
studies, to make easy payments for their higher education fees.
Western Union will provide its services in India though Weizmann
Forex and Paul Merchants Limited - two of Western Union's largest
agents in India. Through the service, the students will get
respite from the lengthy and costly process of making payments in
foreign currency. The students will not have to incur
intermediary cost which is generally incurred in the form of
currency conversion. The facility will be available across a
number of locations spanning the country.
Students also have the flexibility of calling the agents from
their homes to process their payments.
Western Union also has a similar service for Chinese students.
The company has an agreement with ChinaPay, through which the
students can make tuition fees payment to international
universities across the globe in their local currency - Renminbi.
Western Union has created a simple, fast and reliable gateway for
the international universities as well as the Chinese population,
to conduct cross-border transactions.
Western Union has a separate platform - FX Solutions, for
Educational Institutions. It provides the education sector with
state-of-the-art, customized solutions for sending and receiving
domestic and international payments. Western Union is already
serving over 400 world-class universities in the U.S., Canada,
the UK, and Australia by processing outbound vendor payments and
inbound student tuition and fees of these institutions.
Western Union finds China and India particularly attractive
because both these regions account for a large population of
students who opt for international courses each year. The company
expects this trend to gain momentum going forward.
Western Union currently retains a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Other companies like
Moneygram International Inc.
HDFC Bank Ltd.
) also offer forex currency service internationally and are worth
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