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Suffolk University, Boston to work with INTO to boost diversity

INTO University Partnerships has signed a long-term partnership with prestigious Boston-based Suffolk University. The new partnership is INTO’s tenth in the United States, and the agreement builds on Suffolk’s international reputation as a magnet for ambitious students from around the world.

INTO University Partnerships has signed a long-term partnership with prestigious Boston-based Suffolk University. The new partnership is INTO’s tenth in the United States, and the agreement builds on Suffolk’s international reputation as a magnet for ambitious students from around the world. INTO Suffolk, as the new venture is known, will start recruiting this fall, and the first students will arrive on campus in the spring of 2018. “We are thrilled to partner with Suffolk University and to amplify the University’s reach worldwide. We share common values and a belief in the importance of a globally diverse student community,” said John Sykes, Co-Founder of INTO and Executive Vice President, North America, on announcing the partnership, which is INTO’s first in New England. “The rang… Read the full article
INTO University Partnerships has signed a long-term partnership with prestigious Boston-based Suffolk University. The new partnership is INTO’s tenth in the United States, and the agreement builds on Suffolk’s international reputation as a magnet for ambitious students from around the world.

INTO Suffolk, as the new venture is known, will start recruiting this fall, and the first students will arrive on campus in the spring of 2018.

“We are thrilled to partner with Suffolk University and to amplify the University’s reach worldwide. We share common values and a belief in the importance of a globally diverse student community,” said John Sykes, Co-Founder of INTO and Executive Vice President, North America, on announcing the partnership, which is INTO’s first in New England.

“The range of programs, the wonderful location in the center of Boston and, most of all, the commitment of faculty and leadership at Suffolk to delivering a first-class experience and a great education augur well for the future of this partnership and the continued success of the University.”

“Forging our 10th partnership in the US is a major milestone for INTO. The Suffolk partnership constitutes a real win-win for our growing US business – a university with a proven reputation for attracting international students, located in a high demand, destination city,” added INTO CEO John Latham.

In addition to being named as a first-tier national university by The Wall Street Journal (2016), Suffolk is recognized as a top destination for international students, having been ranked fifth in the US among national universities for international students as a percentage of total student population according US News & World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges rankings

“Suffolk University has been an innovator in higher education for more than a century, and through this partnership, we are innovating again to fulfill our mission in an increasingly global and competitive environment,” said Suffolk University Acting President Marisa Kelly.

INTO Suffolk will offer one, two and three-semester Pathway programs that blend academic preparation and intensive English-language training to prepare students for a Suffolk University degree program. The Academic English, Undergraduate and Graduate Pathway programs offered at INTO Suffolk will be taught by Suffolk faculty, and students will be assessed according to the University’s exacting standards before being admitted onto degree programs.

“We were attracted to INTO because of its commitment to strong academic programs - Pathway programs that really help to ensure the educational success of the students who move through them,” added Marisa. “Like Suffolk, INTO understands the importance of the international experience in education, for the students who are coming from abroad, but also for domestic students. Exchanging ideas and perspectives with peers from around the world is educational in itself.”  

Suffolk University is located in the heart of Boston, which today is known for its diversity and dynamism. Home to 50,000 international students, Boston is seen as one of the most innovative cities in the United States, recognized for entrepreneurial growth and innovation by the US Chamber of Commerce.

“In this time of continued dynamic globalization, we owe students expansive opportunities for multi-faceted exposure to international perspectives,” added Suffolk Board Chair Robert C Lamb. “Our partnership with INTO establishes a long-term, sustainable means of providing an education that prepares students for success in whatever dimension of the global marketplace they may encounter in their careers.”

Suffolk University has extending higher education to the world at the heart of its mission, having been founded in 1906 in order to provide academic opportunities to immigrants arriving in America. For more about the University please visit their website

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INTO Manchester – and way beyond!

Hundreds of INTO Manchester alumni graduated this year from a range of INTO UK partner and affiliate universities. INTO News asked some of them to share with us both how they found university, and their aspirations for the future. Kazakh student, Samal Kumarova went straight into the second year of the Business Management degree programme at The University of Manchester (UoM), after successfully completing the International Year One at INTO Manchester in 2015. So, how much effort did Samal have to invest in order to come out with a First Class degree? “It was a lot of work, and it could be overwhelming, but you do your best and just enjoy studying at university,” she said. She is very happy with the study decisions she ha… Read the full article
Hundreds of INTO Manchester alumni graduated this year from a range of INTO UK partner and affiliate universities. INTO News asked some of them to share with us both how they found university, and their aspirations for the future.

Kazakh student, Samal Kumarova went straight into the second year of the Business Management degree programme at The University of Manchester (UoM), after successfully completing the International Year One at INTO Manchester in 2015.

So, how much effort did Samal have to invest in order to come out with a First Class degree? “It was a lot of work, and it could be overwhelming, but you do your best and just enjoy studying at university,” she said.

She is very happy with the study decisions she has made. “UoM was my first choice university, and it’s one of the top ranked universities you can go to from INTO Manchester. I wasn’t expecting to get in, but I studied hard and I got there, and now I am already alumni! It’s one of the best universities in the world and I really liked the course that they offered.”

Samal’s plan is to head back to Kazakhstan this summer to begin a job at Tengizchevroil (the largest oil company in the country), and then to begin studying towards an MSc in Accounting and Finance at London School of Economics in September 2018.

Further First Class Honours success was also seen at INTO Manchester’s other partner, Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Met). Bader Alafnan from Saudi Arabia successfully completed the International Foundation in Science and Engineering at INTO Manchester before progressing to Manchester Met to study BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

This was no mean feat, as Bader divulges that; “I came to Manchester speaking very little English and now I am graduating top of my class!” His excellent study record led to an unconditional offer from The University of Manchester to take a Master’s in Control Systems and Engineering, plus a job offer from Global Invacom.

INTO Manchester was also the first step in Malaysian student, Soon Kiat Ker’s high-flying academic journey. He passed INTO Manchester’s International Year One programme in 2014, graduated from The University of Manchester in 2016 with First Class Honours degree in International Business and Economics, and this summer received an MPhil in Technology Policy from The University of Cambridge – consistently ranked a top five world university. He is now starting a six-month training period in a law firm in Singapore.

“Hearing about Soon’s journey from INTO Manchester to The University of Cambridge will inspire many future students for years to come, and we’re very proud to have been a part of his success story,” said INTO Manchester Centre Director Dawn Abbott.

Springsfield Ong from Singapore successfully completed the International Foundation in Business and Humanities at INTO Manchester back in 2014. He had his sights set on studying law from an early age, and chose recent NCUK member, The University of Birmingham, as it has, “a very good law school.”

“INTO Manchester was very important because they helped me to make my dream of pursuing a law degree, of being a lawyer, a reality. I would definitely recommend INTO Manchester because of all of the amazing support they have; in terms of academia, applications and even wellbeing – you know there’s always someone there for you at all times,” he said.

Dawn said: “It’s wonderful to see a large number of our alumni graduating again this year from The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan and further afield. On behalf of all the staff at the centre, we’d like to wish our alumni the best of luck with their future education and job prospects, and as always, encourage them to keep in touch as we love to hear where their journeys take them.”

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Confident and capable: Graduates thank INTO Newcastle

Tradition was alive and well at Newcastle University again this year, as the start of each of the 40 ceremonies was marked by the Bedel entering King's Hall carrying the University mace, to the sound and rhythm of the Northumbrian pipes. History has its place for sure, but graduation is all about the future, which, for the almost 300 INTO Newcastle alumni who received degrees in a wide range of subjects this summer, is looking very bright indeed. Former INTO Foundation in Physical Sciences and Engineering, Anrui Qi (pictured) from who is from China and is a Civil Engineering graduate, was among the international students celebrating with families and friends from all over the world: "This is the best day ever! I feel proud and t… Read the full article
Tradition was alive and well at Newcastle University again this year, as the start of each of the 40 ceremonies was marked by the Bedel entering King's Hall carrying the University mace, to the sound and rhythm of the Northumbrian pipes.

History has its place for sure, but graduation is all about the future, which, for the almost 300 INTO Newcastle alumni who received degrees in a wide range of subjects this summer, is looking very bright indeed.

Former INTO Foundation in Physical Sciences and Engineering, Anrui Qi (pictured) from who is from China and is a Civil Engineering graduate, was among the international students celebrating with families and friends from all over the world: "This is the best day ever! I feel proud and touched,” she said.

“I am grateful to INTO for helping me to build the confidence in speaking English and teaching me a lot about the western culture. I remember participating in a musical performance organised by INTO - it was a very special experience for me. It gave me the confidence to perform in front of others, and I am a shy and quiet person.

“I was then able to become vice-president of the Chinese Society. I supervised and organised three new year galas and performed in front of 2,000 people.” Anrui is now planning to continue her studies at Newcastle University and do a PhD in a year’s time.

Essa Khajah from Kuwait, a Chemical Engineering graduate who progressed on to the University following the Foundation in Physical Sciences and Engineering programme at INTO Newcastle, reflected on his graduation: “It's a mixture of feelings, I'm happy to be done finally, but sad that this is the end.”

“INTO was the starting point for everything. It prepared me well not only for the subjects I faced after, but for the whole experience of student life and living abroad. It was a stepping stone for me.” Asked to describe his INTO experience in three words, Khajah said, “growth, discovery, and friends.”

INTO Newcastle Centre Director Kevin Conroy, said: “Graduation truly is one of the very best days for our students. That moment, that day, when everything and everyone comes together to celebrate their success – families, friends, staff and most of all our students at the centre of it all. The university campus comes alive with joy, happiness, excitement, noise, colour and endless photos!

“AT INTO Newcastle, we are so immensely proud of our students’ success, especially as they started their university journey with us. It’s such a wonderful achievement after so much study, dedication, hard work and ambition. Congratulations to the class of 2017!”

For more pictures visit INTO Newcastle University’s Storify graduation page.

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Setting the stage for success

For the first time, INTO City, University of London (INTO City) teaching staff were invited to join Cass Business School professors and lecturers on stage to witness former students receive their degrees at this year’s Cass Business School graduation ceremonies. “Graduation is a celebration of academic success. I was thrilled to see so many of our students who progressed through to Cass Business School collect their awards at the end of their degree studies at Cass,” said INTO City Centre Director Eamon Martin. “All our students can be very proud of their achievements at Cass Business School. I know that they will make a real impact in their future careers. “ “It was awesome to see the fruits of our labours,” added Foundation Business teacher Chana Chiw… Read the full article
For the first time, INTO City, University of London (INTO City) teaching staff were invited to join Cass Business School professors and lecturers on stage to witness former students receive their degrees at this year’s Cass Business School graduation ceremonies.

“Graduation is a celebration of academic success. I was thrilled to see so many of our students who progressed through to Cass Business School collect their awards at the end of their degree studies at Cass,” said INTO City Centre Director Eamon Martin.

“All our students can be very proud of their achievements at Cass Business School. I know that they will make a real impact in their future careers. “

“It was awesome to see the fruits of our labours,” added Foundation Business teacher Chana Chiwele who, along with INTO City colleagues Economics teacher Orlando Hill and International Studies teacher Simon Niziol (all pictured), was on the stage for the ceremony.

Student Sabina Sarkisova who is from Kyrgyzstan and studied Business and Economics with Accounting at INTO City and went on to gain a First Class degree in Banking & International Finance from Cass Business School, said: “Graduating from Cass Business School, one of the best places to study in the world, opens a new chapter of my life.”.

“I feel proud, relieved and at the same time very sad to leave the university as it has been a wonderful time, which I will certainly miss. But now, equipped with knowledge and full of energy, I am getting ready to start a graduate job at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm,” she added.

For more pictures of INTO City, University of London graduations, please visit facebook

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International students: Shining role models at CSU

Heading into the spring commencement weekend Colorado State University (CSU) President Dr Tony Frank gave a few parting thoughts to the Class of 2017 during his address to the Alumni Association’s Green and Gold Gala. “Finally, special congratulations to the graduating Class of 2017! Yours is a generation with a big heart and soaring passion. We know for a fact, having watched you these last four years, that you’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get dirt under your fingernails,” he said. “Some of you are veterans. Some of you are activists. Some of you are skeptics. All of you are talented and accomplished, and you have the will, the confidence, and the care to make a difference for our world. Do it –… Read the full article
Heading into the spring commencement weekend Colorado State University (CSU) President Dr Tony Frank gave a few parting thoughts to the Class of 2017 during his address to the Alumni Association’s Green and Gold Gala.

“Finally, special congratulations to the graduating Class of 2017! Yours is a generation with a big heart and soaring passion. We know for a fact, having watched you these last four years, that you’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get dirt under your fingernails,” he said.

“Some of you are veterans. Some of you are activists. Some of you are skeptics. All of you are talented and accomplished, and you have the will, the confidence, and the care to make a difference for our world. Do it – and as you do, remember to continue to stop, listen, and learn from one another along the way. Hear what others are saying. Ears really are an underrated organ.”

The talents and accomplishments of over 4,000 students, including the 75 former INTO CSU students was evident as they received their degree certificates during the 13 commencement ceremonies over the weekend. “As their academic advisor, I have the privilege of working closely with these student from the day they arrive, but seeing their joy and their sense of accomplishment at graduation is the most gratifying part of my job,” remarked INTO CSU Academic Advisor, Robert White.

“I love to see young people from all around the world going up to collect their degrees from this university,” said INTO CSU Center Director Dr Fabiola Ehlers-Zavala. “The presence of international students on campus benefits the whole university community, as it removes barriers by reminding US students that there is a whole world out there, just waiting to be explored. International students are a shining example for domestic students, as they have had the courage to leave all that is familiar behind and take on a new challenge in a different language and a distant land.”

Making the move from India to Colorado was, indeed, far from easy, but was totally worth the effort, said Nayonika Roy (pictured) who collected her Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems, having progressed on to the program via the Pathway program at INTO CSU.

“When I first started at INTO CSU, I was very scared as to whether I would make it or not, as coming all the way from India to the US was very challenging,” she said. “First of all, I had to adjust to the different culture here but, then, as I got to know people, I was surprised there were so many nice people here – they’ve been really sweet and helpful and there’s a very strong international community here.”

“I have loved being a CSU student. The experiences that I’ve had here have been really life-changing for me and I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in the events that happen through the year.”

“We are so proud of all our graduating students, and know the hard work they have put forth during their years at INTO CSU and CSU will yield a bright and successful future. On behalf of myself and all INTO CSU faculty and staff, we wish them the very best as they embark on this new chapter of their lives,” added Fabiola. 

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INTO partners shine in satisfaction survey

This year, as in many previous ones, INTO partner universities have been highly-placed in the National Student Survey (NSS). The NSS is the UK’s biggest survey of student opinion - and one of the most important questions that it asks undergraduates is whether, overall, they are satisfied with the quality of their course.  As the NSS results are based on the opinions of 300,000 final-year students across the UK it is considered an excellent reflection of student satisfaction. It is also a great measure of student engagement as, in order for an institution to feature in the NSS league table, at least 50 per cent of its … Read the full article
This year, as in many previous ones, INTO partner universities have been highly-placed in the National Student Survey (NSS).

The NSS is the UK’s biggest survey of student opinion - and one of the most important questions that it asks undergraduates is whether, overall, they are satisfied with the quality of their course. 

As the NSS results are based on the opinions of 300,000 final-year students across the UK it is considered an excellent reflection of student satisfaction. It is also a great measure of student engagement as, in order for an institution to feature in the NSS league table, at least 50 per cent of its final-year students must have completed the survey.

“I was delighted to hear that the University of East Anglia has achieved a top ranking this year, as it is a great endorsement of the quality of teaching and overall experience on offer to the students who progress on to degree programmes there,” said INTO University of East Anglia Centre Director Debbie Price.

The University of Exeter, Newcastle University, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Stirling, University of Gloucestershire and Manchester Metropolitan University also featured in the NSS top 100. For the full NSS results, please click here

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