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Business project places INTO OSU students among 'best in class'

INTO OSU students from the Undergraduate Pathway in Business recently distinguished themselves when working alongside first-year business students in Oregon State University’s College of Business.

INTO OSU students from the Undergraduate Pathway in Business recently distinguished themselves when working alongside first-year business students in Oregon State University’s College of Business. A team made up of students from the US and INTO OSU Business Pathway students from China, Japan and the UAE, presented the results of their ‘microbusiness’ project to over 200 students and faculty. Their business, Handmade Forever, went on to be deemed best-in-class, and be placed in the top three among all first-year business student projects in the BA160 series – classes that give first-year business students the experience of starting a ‘microbusiness.’ Omar Trinidad, the College of Business … Read the full article
INTO OSU students from the Undergraduate Pathway in Business recently distinguished themselves when working alongside first-year business students in Oregon State University’s College of Business.

A team made up of students from the US and INTO OSU Business Pathway students from China, Japan and the UAE, presented the results of their ‘microbusiness’ project to over 200 students and faculty. Their business, Handmade Forever, went on to be deemed best-in-class, and be placed in the top three among all first-year business student projects in the BA160 series – classes that give first-year business students the experience of starting a ‘microbusiness.’

Omar Trinidad, the College of Business instructor who mentored the teams through the process, said: “One team that stood out was Handmade Forever. They were a team of diverse students who started a business selling handmade bath bombs. With a total profit of $495, they surpassed their minimum profit goal of $450. They worked well together, won best-in-class, and were chosen as one of the top three companies from the whole program during a presentation competition at the end of the term.”

This was the first time that INTO OSU Undergraduate Pathway students had taken part in the BA160 series, which consists of three courses: B-Engaged, Awareness to Action, and Innovation Nation - Ideas to Reality. At the start of the series, students are divided into teams and are tasked with developing the management, marketing, and operations departments of their chosen microbusiness. The goal is to apply the knowledge gained in class to help them understand career paths. What makes the experience unique is that the teams consist of domestic and international students working closely together to make a profit.  

INTO OSU Undergraduate Pathway students were among the 11 teams that reached their minimum profit goals, nine of which distinguished themselves by surpassing it. “In total, these teams brought in $8,285 of revenue, $5,367 of profit, and sold 1,268 items in less than 10 weeks. These items ranged from custom T-shirts, kitchenware, to cookie boxes, and boxes of snacks,” said Omar.

“To give you more scope on the presentation competition, the audience consisted of all the First-Year Experience instructors, at least 200 domestic students, and their international peers. Imagine first year INTO OSU Pathway students presenting to such an intimidating crowd with confidence – I was and still am very proud of them,” said Omar. 

Omar explained that profits from the microbusinesses are directed back to support student success, scholarships, and the DAMlab makerspace - a partnership between the College of Business and the College of Engineering at Oregon State University that gives OSU students hands-on experience with design and prototyping tools.

This fall, another cohort of INTO OSU Undergraduate Pathway students will enter the BA160 series to continue what is fast becoming a firm tradition of collaboration with fellow students from the College of Business.   

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INTO employee donates her time for local causes

Nora Mawla was just one of the many INTO employees to take advantage of INTO Giving’s volunteering scheme, when she became a judge on a ‘Dragons’ Den’ type panel set up by the National Citizen Service to fund community projects. Read the full article
Nora Mawla was just one of the many INTO employees to take advantage of INTO Giving’s volunteering scheme, when she became a judge on a ‘Dragons’ Den’ type panel set up by the National Citizen Service to fund community projects.
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INTO London students show their artistic talents

The creativity and skills of INTO London International Foundation in Art and Design students were revealed at an exhibition in the Middlesex Street building. The quality of the January intake students’ final projects, and the amount of hard work involved in converting ideas into reality was evident to the INTO teachers, friends and family who came along. “The students worked extremely hard throughout the year, and this really showed in their work. The attention to detail, in both small- and large-scale projects, was remarkable,” said INTO London Marketing and Communications Officer Jumena Begum. Mithi, who is from Bangladesh, presented a line-up of t… Read the full article
The creativity and skills of INTO London International Foundation in Art and Design students were revealed at an exhibition in the Middlesex Street building.

The quality of the January intake students’ final projects, and the amount of hard work involved in converting ideas into reality was evident to the INTO teachers, friends and family who came along.

“The students worked extremely hard throughout the year, and this really showed in their work. The attention to detail, in both small- and large-scale projects, was remarkable,” said INTO London Marketing and Communications Officer Jumena Begum.

Mithi, who is from Bangladesh, presented a line-up of triangular-shaped printed cushions. The intricacy of her sewing, and the bold colour printing techniques used, made for an eye-catching result.  Unsurprisingly, Mithi has recently received an offer to study Interior Design at University of the Arts London.

And a colossal maze, made from individually-painted pieces of paper, showed both imagination and ambition. “I really wanted to make something to fill the whole room,” said its creator Bermet.

“First, I started cutting maps and then, with the help of Phil and Darren (INTO London Art and Design teachers), I created this!” added Bermet, who comes from Kyrgyzstan and is currently holding an offer from London Metropolitan University to study Architecture.

Their fellow students have received offers to study, among others, Graphic Design (at University of the Arts London) and Fashion (at Ravensbourne University London and London Metropolitan University).

It was fantastic to see such high-quality work from these enthusiastic and energetic students, and everyone at INTO London wishes them every success in their future studies and careers.

More photos from the exhibition

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INTO City student celebrate bright futures in the sunshine

On a beautiful, sunny day in the heart of London, over 2,000 students graduated from City, University of London. Flowing gowns, smiles, families, friends, pictures, flowers, balloons – the air was full of happiness as they embarked on one of the most important days of their lives. British universities have a charming way of making graduation feel personal by calling each student individually onto the stage and inviting them to shake hands with the University Chancellor. It was wonderful to see former INTO City, University of London students receive their degree certificates, and to hear their success stories. Shakhlo from Uzbekistan, Vahid from Azerbaijan and Mariia from Russia, who all completed the International Foundation in Business and Economics with Accounting at IN… Read the full article
On a beautiful, sunny day in the heart of London, over 2,000 students graduated from City, University of London. Flowing gowns, smiles, families, friends, pictures, flowers, balloons – the air was full of happiness as they embarked on one of the most important days of their lives.

British universities have a charming way of making graduation feel personal by calling each student individually onto the stage and inviting them to shake hands with the University Chancellor. It was wonderful to see former INTO City, University of London students receive their degree certificates, and to hear their success stories.

Shakhlo from Uzbekistan, Vahid from Azerbaijan and Mariia from Russia, who all completed the International Foundation in Business and Economics with Accounting at INTO City with Distinctions in 2015 and were graduating from City University with BSc(Hons) degrees in Investment and Financial Risk Management, agreed that INTO City was the best year of their lives. Their advice for future students was to study hard, enjoy it, and it will get even better at City University. All three are now planning on pursuing Master’s degrees.

Some graduates have already got fantastic job offers lined up. Andi from Singapore completed INTO City's Foundation back in 2014 and progressed to City University. He has now graduated and has received a job offer at the company where he undertook a work placement during his Bachelor’s degree - a Swiss investment bank in London.

Other students’ aspirations became reality. Zakaria from Bangladesh completed INTO City's International Foundation in 2015. This led him into Cass Business School Banking and International Finance degree programme. He says: “I always wanted to get into Cass and feel grateful to INTO City for making this happen. I learned so much during my degree, which I will use in future. I have now graduated from Cass and feel that I’m one step closer to attaining my dreams”

Professor Sir Paul Curran, President of City, said: “Graduation is a high point in City’s calendar.  It was a privilege for me to congratulate our graduates as they left us to make their ways in the world.  It was an opportunity for them to thank their families, friends and City staff for their support; and for all to celebrate their success.”

For more INTO City pictures and success stories, please visit facebook.

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