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INTO’s US partners expand digital presence in China

With 1.1 billion accounts, and more than 570 million daily active users, WeChat is China’s largest and most influential social network. For our US university partners, establishing a presence on the social media powerhouse has demonstrated the value of partnership.

With 1.1 billion accounts, and more than 570 million daily active users, WeChat is China’s largest and most influential social network. For our US university partners, establishing a presence on the social media powerhouse has demonstrated the value of partnership. Colorado State University is launching its WeChat account this month, joining other schools in INTO’s North American network. Tamara Burns, marketing communications manager for INTO CSU, describes the setup process as a global team effort. With guidance from Jesscy Ma and Sam Clews on the China Regional Office team, she has been the primary liaison with university stakeholders, including CSU’s social media team, the Office of International Programs, and Office of Admissions. “It’s been a great o… Read the full article
With 1.1 billion accounts, and more than 570 million daily active users, WeChat is China’s largest and most influential social network. For our US university partners, establishing a presence on the social media powerhouse has demonstrated the value of partnership.

Colorado State University is launching its WeChat account this month, joining other schools in INTO’s North American network. Tamara Burns, marketing communications manager for INTO CSU, describes the setup process as a global team effort. With guidance from Jesscy Ma and Sam Clews on the China Regional Office team, she has been the primary liaison with university stakeholders, including CSU’s social media team, the Office of International Programs, and Office of Admissions. “It’s been a great opportunity to collaborate with university staff and build better awareness of the INTO partnership across campus,” said Tamara. “Likewise, it’s an advantage for the university to have INTO staff based in China, who have expertise in WeChat account management and strategy, and can help grow CSU’s digital presence around the world.”

CSU’s WeChat account won’t only be used as a recruitment tool for prospective students, but aims to cultivate an online community of students, educational counselors, faculty and CSU alumni living in Colorado, China and across the globe. It will feature a range of content, from news and upcoming campus events, to student and faculty testimonials and videos. “We want to create a hub for university information with a user-friendly navigation menu bar,” explains Jesscy. “Followers can find everything about the school there and it also builds better international visibility for the university brand.”

Lan Zhou, a CSU student who got her start in the INTO CSU Undergraduate Business Pathway program, has been an active content contributor for the school’s WeChat account. She writes about events she attends on campus and shares her experiences of living and studying in Fort Collins. “We’re lucky to have Lan who has volunteered her time to help us launch this initiative and bring her unique perspective and voice to our WeChat account,” said Tamara.

CSU will be INTO’s third US partner to launch their official account, following the University of South Florida and Oregon State University. Other US partners are in the process of setting up their accounts and are set to launch in the coming weeks. QR codes for CSU and our other US partners’ WeChat accounts can be found below.

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Shakespeare at INTO Newcastle ‘a shining example of collaboration’

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! - if you didn’t see our critically-acclaimed performance of Julius Caesar, you missed an absolute treat for those eyes and ears,” said Yvonne Wancke of the recent production by students and staff at INTO Newcastle University. “There was so much talent and enthusiasm evident at the auditions that we needed to have three casts - one for each night of the show!” added INTO Newcastle Maths Lecturer Yvonne, who produced and directed the show. Describing the show as, “a shining example of student and staff collaboration,” INTO Newcastle Centre Director Kevin Conroy, said: “INTO Productions have excelled once more – this time with an absolutely superb adaptation of Julius Caesar. The play was beautifully paced with a dreamy… Read the full article
“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! - if you didn’t see our critically-acclaimed performance of Julius Caesar, you missed an absolute treat for those eyes and ears,” said Yvonne Wancke of the recent production by students and staff at INTO Newcastle University.

“There was so much talent and enthusiasm evident at the auditions that we needed to have three casts - one for each night of the show!” added INTO Newcastle Maths Lecturer Yvonne, who produced and directed the show.

Describing the show as, “a shining example of student and staff collaboration,” INTO Newcastle Centre Director Kevin Conroy, said: “INTO Productions have excelled once more – this time with an absolutely superb adaptation of Julius Caesar. The play was beautifully paced with a dreamy, other-worldly quality, perfectly suited to the characters and plot.

“The Bard would have been well pleased with the creativity and imagination. What a joy to see students growing in confidence, really enjoying themselves and stepping outside their usual day-to-day studies. Congratulations to Yvonne and the whole cast. Fantastic!”

Alex Corrin, Humanities Lecturer at INTO Newcastle, was also impressed: “What a treat for the imagination! Yvonne Wancke’s Julius Caesar was full of quirky touches such as original music, and haunting chanting and dancing from the outset, which drew the audience in and amplified core themes of conspiracy, jealousy and guilt.

“Comedic elements were also provided by a thoroughly engaging Lucius, chief servant, played by EAP teacher, Tim Magill. There were standout performances by Ammara, as a Caesar whom you would definitely not want to cross, and by Robbie Close as Marc Antony, whose grief for Caesar was completely compelling. There was something for all, and my nine year old, rapt throughout the performance, has been firing questions about the Romans ever since.”

The cast, too, had a great time. Abdullah, a Kuwaiti student who is currently on the Foundation Physical Sciences and Engineering, and who made his theatrical debut in the play, said: “I have enjoyed the company of the cast and it was a great experience”

Ammara, from Pakistan, a student on the Foundation Humanities pathway also appreciated the opportunity to showcase his talent. “I took part in Julius Caesar and performed the role of Caesar. My experience was amazing and I will always remember it!”

As for the critical acclaim - why author and theatre critic Richard Abbott-Brailey couldn’t get enough of the show: “Full of movement, colour, light, and stellar performances, I was transported back to Ancient Rome. This international cast never missed a beat and delivered the word of the Bard with feeling and meaning. Looking forward to the next performance,” he wrote.

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Experiences of a lifetime at four UK partners

The recent Times Higher Student Experience Survey shone a favourable light on many of INTO’s UK partner universities. INTO News caught up with students and graduates at just four of them to find out what they like most about living and studying there. Newcastle University was ranked eighth in the survey for Overall Experience, and third for Societal Experience. Chemical Engineering graduate and former INTO Newcastle student Deema is among thousands of students who appreciate all this partner university has to offer. Deema, who is from Iraq, has been an active member of various clubs and societies since arriving in Newcastle. “For me this has been the most entertaining, rewarding experience at university,” she says. “Currently I am president o… Read the full article
The recent Times Higher Student Experience Survey shone a favourable light on many of INTO’s UK partner universities. INTO News caught up with students and graduates at just four of them to find out what they like most about living and studying there.

Newcastle University was ranked eighth in the survey for Overall Experience, and third for Societal Experience. Chemical Engineering graduate and former INTO Newcastle student Deema is among thousands of students who appreciate all this partner university has to offer.

Deema, who is from Iraq, has been an active member of various clubs and societies since arriving in Newcastle. “For me this has been the most entertaining, rewarding experience at university,” she says.

“Currently I am president of the Engineers Without Borders Society, and am a member of the Chemical Engineering Society and the Model United Nations Society.” As Engineers Without Borders President she has hosted a question and answer session on the cultural perception of engineers and a debate on Nuclear Power which was attended by industry professionals and recorded by NUTV.

Running a society is rewarding and beneficial, she says. “This will be a time where, alongside doing something you like, you can also develop skills, and add experience to your CV and career,” she says. She has also enjoyed the surrounding area. “Newcastle as a city contains both the business and eventfulness of the capital London as well as maintaining the tranquillity and quietness of England north east.”

The University of East Anglia (UEA) was ranked joint 15th for overall student experience, 11th for societal experience and fifth for security.

Joanne from Korea (pictured) is currently studying A-Levels on the Newton Programme at INTO UEA, and hopes to study Economics at university.

INTO UEA students are very much part of the campus community, she says: “I think the experience of living on an actual university campus even before you get to university is really great. There’s a lot of sports and student events that you can take part in, and because you’re on campus there’s a lot going on. If you want to, you can join societies and clubs at the uni itself and you can also go to the Sportspark.”

The Times Higher survey rated UEA the fifth safest university in the UK, recognising the community atmosphere of both the campus and the city of Norwich. Joanne says that this feeling of security within a vibrant city makes Norwich the perfect home for international students: “We have all the things we need here. In Norwich you get quite a few diverse food from around the world, and if you want to shop and you go into the city, it’s actually quite convenient.”

The University of Stirling, meanwhile, scored especially well in the Academic Experience and Societal Experience categories in the Times Higher survey.

Former INTO Stirling joint graduate diploma student Kai Huang, who is from Chengdu in China, has recently graduated with a Master's in Finance from Stirling Management School, which is part of the University of Stirling.

"I think the most important thing I learnt at Stirling is how to adapt to the different environment and different education methods,” he says.

“The world is getting smaller all the time so it is important to adapt to new things quickly and combine different ways of doing things from different parts of the world. It has been great to work with students from so many different countries at Stirling.” he says.

Kai has really appreciated the general environment, as well as the opportunities to work with others. "I love the lifestyle in Stirling: the campus is very beautiful and the people here are very friendly, and I’ll take all that I have learnt back to China.

KeyongDuck Kim, who is from South Korea, also studied at the University of Stirling. Having been among the first students to on the graduate diploma programme at INTO Stirling, he went on to gain an MSc in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Applied Linguistics.

"It was important to me to develop myself and my skills and put my English teaching to the test in the UK. My Master's involved lots of team work and group discussion which I didn't have the chance to do in South Korea. This was great and really helped improve my communications skills,” he says.

"Getting a distinction was a big achievement for me and Stirling provided a great environment. There is such mix of people and the campus is an amazing place to study because it's so quiet and peaceful. It was great to have the loch on my doorstep when I was stressed and need to go for a walk and refresh!"

City, University of London also featured in the Times Higher rankings. Anastasia Gorodetckaia, who is from Russia, recently gained a degree in Investment and Financial Risk Management from City, and is now planning to start a Graduate Scheme with Lloyds Banking Group. She told us what she liked about studying at both INTO City and our partner university.

“My time with INTO City was really amazing – it was a really good preparation for progressing to City, University of London as there was a lot of support, advice and also English help with helping me to improve my Business Language which I used throughout my study at City, University of London,” she says.

“I will miss the relationships I have created at City, University of London – it feels like a family and has a real communal atmosphere - it is fun and you feel a part of something at City! Thanks to INTO City, I have completed my graduation and really feel like I have achieved what I came to London to do!”

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INTO St George’s Foundation students undertake medical school interviews

International Foundation in Medicine, Biomedicine and Health Sciences students at INTO St George’s, University of London have taken the next step in their exciting journey towards a career in healthcare. In early March, 30 students, along with INTO St George’s Student Services Coordinator, Kirstin, travelled from London Euston to Preston where they were given a tour of the University of Central Lancashire’s campus and accommodation and took part in much-anticipated medical school interviews. The students ended the month much closer to home, with St George’s Multi-Mini Interviews taking place over two days at the INTO centre in south London. Students were selected based on their written applicati… Read the full article
International Foundation in Medicine, Biomedicine and Health Sciences students at INTO St George’s, University of London have taken the next step in their exciting journey towards a career in healthcare.

In early March, 30 students, along with INTO St George’s Student Services Coordinator, Kirstin, travelled from London Euston to Preston where they were given a tour of the University of Central Lancashire’s campus and accommodation and took part in much-anticipated medical school interviews.

The students ended the month much closer to home, with St George’s Multi-Mini Interviews taking place over two days at the INTO centre in south London. Students were selected based on their written applications and grades. The MMI involves eight mini interviews; eight interviewers ask the student one question each, and the student has five minutes with each interviewer. It is an increasingly popular interview style for medical universities, St George’s was one of the first universities to use it.

A record number of 38 students were invited to interview, and will receive the results in the coming weeks. Some students have also taken online interviews for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Dublin, as well as for a variety of institutions and health science degrees.

A key feature of the International Foundation in Medicine, Biomedicine and Health Sciences course is the level of interview preparation students receive in their Skills for English and Medicine classes.

All INTO Centre staff and some past Foundation students were involved in conducting mock MMI sessions, during which they asked students questions for timed answers on work experience, ethics and their knowledge of the course. 

Assem from Egypt described these sessions as, “very helpful. The INTO staff helped me prepare and I don’t think I could have done as well as I did without the extensive preparation.”

“The high number invited to interview is a reflection of the hard work put in by both staff and students,” said INTO St George’s Academic Director David Pearce. “We pride ourselves on giving our Foundation students the best possible preparation for their interviews so that they can show universities exactly what they have to offer.” 

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Innovative resource powers NILE towards awards

An intensive, practical online course for teachers of English developed by the specialist team at Norwich Institute of Language Education (NILE) has reached the final round of a prestigious competition. Power-Up: Flipping Your Classes is one of just six finalists in the Innovation in Teacher Resources category of the British Council ELTons Awards 2017. The team behind Power-Up has drawn on their years of experience to produce an intensive, innovative online training resource designed to ‘power up’ a new set of teaching skills in just three weeks. Flipping Your Classes brings together the highly acclaimed NILE Online platform with expertise from Russell Stannard’s Teacher Training Videos to help… Read the full article
An intensive, practical online course for teachers of English developed by the specialist team at Norwich Institute of Language Education (NILE) has reached the final round of a prestigious competition.

Power-Up: Flipping Your Classes is one of just six finalists in the Innovation in Teacher Resources category of the British Council ELTons Awards 2017. The team behind Power-Up has drawn on their years of experience to produce an intensive, innovative online training resource designed to ‘power up’ a new set of teaching skills in just three weeks.

Flipping Your Classes brings together the highly acclaimed NILE Online platform with expertise from Russell Stannard’s Teacher Training Videos to help teachers create their own flipped classroom. The course is easy to navigate, and the fact that it incorporates live webinars, video, screencasts and video feedback means that teachers and tutors are able to interact fully throughout.

“What sets this course apart from other online teacher development courses out there is its strong tutor presence and emphasis on practicality and immediate application,” says NILE Director Thom Kiddle. 

“The course was launched with teachertrainingvideos.com last year, and after fantastic feedback on the pilot course, we decided to launch a series of these three-week, intensive teacher development courses. We are delighted that our hard work has been rewarded with a shortlisting for this, the first in a whole series of Power-Up courses,” he adds.

“Participants have already told us that they like the practical nature of the flipped classroom course, and really appreciate the fact they receive timely, personal feedback on their efforts throughout its duration,” says Johanna Stirling, NILE Online Academic Manager.

The team sees a bright future for the Power-Up courses. “We are very excited by the whole concept of these courses and are already looking at producing future Power-Ups focusing on drama, video, spelling and online teaching,” adds Johanna. The next Flipping Your Classes course starts on April 24 – for details click here.

Part of the INTO group, NILE is a specialist teacher development institute providing high-quality training and resources for teachers of English from all over the world. The ELTons Award ceremony takes place in London on June 14, and will be hosted by Suzie Dent from Channel 4’s Countdown. You can read more about the awards here

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