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USF sets new record: Over 600 international students graduate

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USF sets new record: Over 600 international students graduate

“Today, you join a community of scholars that spans the world; a community that has sought truth through knowledge,” said University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft to a crowd of thousands at the USF Health graduation ceremony on May 5.

“Today, you join a community of scholars that spans the world; a community that has sought truth through knowledge,” said University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft to a crowd of thousands at the USF Health graduation ceremony on May 5. “It’s a community that for centuries has chosen a relentless pursuit of possibilities. A community that treasures the value of differences and diversity of thought.” The ceremony was just one of six taking place on the USF campus between May 5-6. Of the nearly 6,000 students who earned their degrees from the University, 613 were international students representing over 100 countries. This was the highest number of international students graduating in a single semester in USF history.  Five inter… Read the full article
“Today, you join a community of scholars that spans the world; a community that has sought truth through knowledge,” said University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft to a crowd of thousands at the USF Health graduation ceremony on May 5.

“It’s a community that for centuries has chosen a relentless pursuit of possibilities. A community that treasures the value of differences and diversity of thought.”

The ceremony was just one of six taking place on the USF campus between May 5-6. Of the nearly 6,000 students who earned their degrees from the University, 613 were international students representing over 100 countries. This was the highest number of international students graduating in a single semester in USF history. 

Five international graduates received the King O’Neal Award, an award given by the USF Alumni Association to outstanding graduates with a 4.0 GPA. The international students receiving this award included Abdulah Barakat from Palestine, Jheuel Carter-Guy from Trinidad and Tobago, Harmelle Davis from the Bahamas, Alexis Johnson from the Netherlands and Thao Nguyen from Vietnam.

Graduation celebrations formally began on May 3 at the Office of International Services’ International Sash Ceremony. Students received a sash representing their country to wear along with their graduation gown the following weekend.

During the ceremony, Roger Brindley, PhD, Vice President of USF World, asked students to raise their hand if they planned to stay in the US and work on Optional Practical Training (OPT). More than half of those in attendance raised their hands high. The OPT program allows international students to work in the US in their field of study for one to three years.

While a handful of students intend to live and work in the US, others plan to bring their newly-gained knowledge back home.

“I transferred to USF from Louisiana State University and it has been a great experience over here,” said Xun Zhang. He received his Master’s in Medical Clinical Sciences from USF in 2014 and is now graduating with his PhD in Molecular Pharmacology. “Now that I’ve graduated I’m going back to China to become a medical doctor, as I originally qualified there.”

Abdullah Aljubayry from Saudi Arabia also wants to give back to his home country. Aljubayry graduated with a degree in Computer Science. During his time at USF, he became president of the Saudi Student Association and won the Multicultural Community Student Leader Award. “Now, after graduation, I’m going home to work for IBM,” he said.

Many students had taken advantage of USF Career Services to help them with their transition into the workforce. The USF Career Service offers support to alumni up to 12 months after they have graduated free of charge.

“USF Career Services helped me polish my resume,” said Shahryar Tashreef from Bangladesh. “When I was attending the last career fair at USF, many employers noted that my resume was perfectly written.”

A handful of graduates decided to continue their education at USF.Wainella Issacs, a student from Guyana, decided to pursue a doctorate degree. “Today I graduated with my master’s degree in engineering science,” said Wainella, “and in approximately 2.5 years I’ll be graduating with a PhD in environmental engineering.”

Whether they plan to work in the US, in their homeland or pursue graduate degrees, USF graduates are well-prepared to take the next step toward their career aspirations. Visit Facebook to see more photos from the sash ceremony and graduation

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INTO and UEA joint fam trip highlights the best of both

The recent joint University of East Anglia (UEA) and INTO UEA fam trip was the perfect way for INTO’s very first UK centre to highlight the strengths of UEA and INTO, and what they both offer international students. The sun shone for the 60 agents and regional staff from around the world who attended the week of fun, friendship and learning. From touring on an open-top bus to cruising along the Norfolk broads and strolling around the beautiful UEA campus, everyone got the chance to see the sights of Norwich. And of course, they all experienced the very best of the INTO UEA centre and UEA. The fam trip group also found out what makes studying there so special from the people who know best - the students. Thr… Read the full article
The recent joint University of East Anglia (UEA) and INTO UEA fam trip was the perfect way for INTO’s very first UK centre to highlight the strengths of UEA and INTO, and what they both offer international students.

The sun shone for the 60 agents and regional staff from around the world who attended the week of fun, friendship and learning. From touring on an open-top bus to cruising along the Norfolk broads and strolling around the beautiful UEA campus, everyone got the chance to see the sights of Norwich. And of course, they all experienced the very best of the INTO UEA centre and UEA.

The fam trip group also found out what makes studying there so special from the people who know best - the students. Through presentations from both Newton Programme A-Level students and UEA undergraduates, and opportunities to speak to students from a variety of countries and programme, the fam group learned why UEA has been consistently ranked in the top five UK universities for student satisfaction over the last ten years.

The lucky visitors even got to try out UEA’s excellent facilities for themselves, from Sim-Man, the state-of-the-art robot used by UEA medical students, to the Sportspark, where they had a go at archery, fencing, and even rock climbing.

Prizes went to the team who, throughout the trip, had scored the most points for networking, posting photos to social media, getting stuck into sports, and encouraging their fellow team members. And, finally, all fam trip participants received a certificate at a special graduation ceremony.

It was a successful week all-round, and one the participants will remember for a long time to come. “Thank you so much UEA and INTO team members for such a fun lovely week we had. I will miss Norwich a lot,” said Swati, who had come all the way from Mauritius to take part.

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Drew Students dive into Shark Tank

Business-minded students at Drew University, including 20 international students, participated in the university’s version of the hit TV show Shark Tank. On Shark Tank, entrepreneurs stand in front of a panel of top business owners to convince them to invest in their business proposals. Students took on the same challenge as part of their final grade. Students were placed in small groups and pitched their ideas to a panel of judges. Drew’s twist on the show had the judges give students valuable feedback on their business ideas instead of funding. Each group had 10 minutes to give their pitch, followed by questions from the panel and a 20-minute session devoted to feedback. The judging panel included these former Drew alumni who have gone on to have successful careers in business, economics and finance: Sabrina Fruci, who is now working at JP … Read the full article
Business-minded students at Drew University, including 20 international students, participated in the university’s version of the hit TV show Shark Tank. On Shark Tank, entrepreneurs stand in front of a panel of top business owners to convince them to invest in their business proposals. Students took on the same challenge as part of their final grade.

Students were placed in small groups and pitched their ideas to a panel of judges. Drew’s twist on the show had the judges give students valuable feedback on their business ideas instead of funding. Each group had 10 minutes to give their pitch, followed by questions from the panel and a 20-minute session devoted to feedback.

The judging panel included these former Drew alumni who have gone on to have successful careers in business, economics and finance: Sabrina Fruci, who is now working at JP Morgan as a Financial Analyst; Mark Barus, who is with at Aon Hewitt as a Strategy Analyst; and RJ Voorman, a Private Wealth Analyst at Merrill Lynch.

The event was both a learning experience and networking opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs and was open to the public, so the community could engage as well.

Among the ideas pitched to the experts were iDorm - a dorm renovation management company; a primary health care clinic; and Unitravel - a student study abroad travel agency.

During the event, groups also participated in an activity where they analyzed the current economic market. Kehong Liu and Tianhao Xu, two students currently in the Pathway program, at INTO Drew University were paired with two domestic students to give a presentation on the value of the Snap Inc stock, the parent company for Snapchat, since launching their Initial Public Offering. Using revenue and cost forecasting, the group was able to determine that the original 24-billion-dollar evaluation was inflated, and that the stock was not stable.

Students always enjoy the opportunity to display their business ideas and skills to industry professionals. “I thought Shark Tank was a great idea to network and receive great advice from executives. I attended some of the presentations and definitely learned from the executive comments and from some of my classmates’ presentations. I will be using the techniques for my next classes when doing my shark tank presentations,” commented one of the students who attended. 

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INTO Exeter ball – a night to remember

The historic Reed Hall on the University of Exeter’s campus was a romantic location for a summer ball that INTO Exeter students would never forget. The planning for the memories began back in February when Student Engagement Coordinator Katie Jones and the INTO Exeter Social Committee, which was made up of students from both cohorts, came up with the idea of an end-of-year ball. “Our centre had never had a ball before, and it is an important aspect of the University experience. Everyone was really keen, so we discussed what we would have at the ball, and decided on locations and menu options and how to advertise,” said Katie. “We chose to … Read the full article
The historic Reed Hall on the University of Exeter’s campus was a romantic location for a summer ball that INTO Exeter students would never forget.

 The planning for the memories began back in February when Student Engagement Coordinator Katie Jones and the INTO Exeter Social Committee, which was made up of students from both cohorts, came up with the idea of an end-of-year ball.

“Our centre had never had a ball before, and it is an important aspect of the University experience. Everyone was really keen, so we discussed what we would have at the ball, and decided on locations and menu options and how to advertise,” said Katie. “We chose to hold the ball in the most beautiful old building on campus – one which many students walk past, but never go in.”

To give students an idea of the dress code and get them into the spirit, the social committee wore formal attire when selling tickets and this strategy paid off, as about 150 students came along - just the right number to fill Reed Hall nicely.

The social committee was busy collecting tickets and showing people around on the night itself. “We also booked a photo booth so that the students could take pictures to help them remember their special night. This was so popular that the photo booth company said it was their busiest night ever!” said Katie. 

Many of the students wandered around the gardens sipping drinks before dinner. Then, after dinner, there was a ceilidh. Although the students were apprehensive to start with, after a bit of encouragement, a large group was soon up and dancing, and another crowd was waiting their turn. The ceilidh was followed by a disco that went on late into the night.

"It was tough planning for a ball, since it was the first time one was made specifically for INTO students. But after brainstorming ideas and working together, I’m glad to say it was a masterpiece. It was a fun experience and I would be happy to do it again," said fellow Social Committee member Truth Sim. 

Their efforts didn’t go unappreciated by the students, either. “The choice of holding the ball at the beautiful Reed Hall was brilliant! I loved the photo booth and the dancing. When I look back the photos we took that day I can't stop smiling, it's undoubtedly become one of my most unforgettable experiences,” said Harmony Lau from Hong Kong who has just completed the International Business Foundation programme at INTO Exeter.

“No matter how much we change, the memories contained in the pictures will remain the same,” said Myanmar student Freya Olson who is currently on the International Year One Business at INTO Exeter. “I’ll still remember the Scottish dance where we tried to swing and slide from side to side in our heels and laughing so hard on the dancing floor. Good times and crazy friends make the best memories and they’ll last forever!”

“The students really seemed to enjoy dressing up and looking sharp. All in all, the ball was a brilliant way for them to celebrate their time at INTO Exeter and spend time with the friends they had made along the way. It was a great final opportunity for both cohorts to come together before exams, and the departure of the first cohort,” added Katie.   

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Former INTO UoG student is hot prospect for employers

Progressed INTO University of Gloucestershire (UoG) student, Kevin Chan from Hong Kong has won the University’s ‘Gloucestershire Employability Gold Award.’ As part of his competition entry, Kevin delivered a presentation about the skills he has gained, both on his study programmes, and as an ambassador for INTO, when he helped with videos and with agent visits (including translating). In addition, he laid out his case for winning the award during a formal interview process.  Having passed the International Year One in Hospitality, Events and Tourism at INTO UoG, Kevin is now working towards a degree in Hotel Resort and Tourism Management at the Uni… Read the full article
Progressed INTO University of Gloucestershire (UoG) student, Kevin Chan from Hong Kong has won the University’s ‘Gloucestershire Employability Gold Award.’

As part of his competition entry, Kevin delivered a presentation about the skills he has gained, both on his study programmes, and as an ambassador for INTO, when he helped with videos and with agent visits (including translating). In addition, he laid out his case for winning the award during a formal interview process. 

Having passed the International Year One in Hospitality, Events and Tourism at INTO UoG, Kevin is now working towards a degree in Hotel Resort and Tourism Management at the University. He will soon begin a one-year placement at JW Marriott in Austin, Texas, which will, no doubt, further enrich his skillset and enhance his employability.

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