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INTO University of East Anglia receives Queen’s Award for Enterprise

22 Apr 2016 Current QA Hero 2

Ten highly successful years of operation and partnership have culminated in INTO University of East Anglia (UEA) winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade) - the United Kingdom’s highest honour for any business.

“We are thrilled and honoured that INTO UEA has received this award. It is dedicated to all of those who have worked so hard over the past decade to help students reach their full potential,” said INTO chief executive John Sykes.

INTO UEA, a joint venture partnership between UEA and INTO University Partnerships, was established in 2006 to increase the number of international students at the University and enable it to invest in world-class facilities. This innovative arrangement has delivered on its mission, as today almost 600 international students are at the INTO UEA centre, taking a variety of programmes to prepare them for further study.

Since inception, the University has grown international undergraduate student enrolments at more than three times the UK average, and more than 5,000 pathway and English language students have progressed from INTO UEA to the University. The partnership generates approximately £60m in annual revenue for the University and wider community. 

The partnership has set standards in international student experience which have become benchmarks by which others measure. In 2012, the INTO UEA student experience was identified amongst the top three in the global I-Graduate survey. In INTO’s most recent survey, students gave a 92 per cent satisfaction rating for their experience. The partnership has also developed the world’s first international student on campus international student living and learning centre.

“The Queen’s Award is testament to the power of partnership and the enduring global prestige of the University of East Anglia. The INTO UEA partnership, which continues to thrive, has served as a blue print for the establishment of a global network of 20 university partnerships in the United Kingdom, United States and China,” added John.

UEA vice-chancellor, Professor David Richardson, said: “I would like to congratulate INTO UEA on this prestigious enterprise award. INTO UEA was the first of its kind and has not only enjoyed both excellent student satisfaction and academic results, but has also made a significant contribution to both UEA and our local economy.”

For the past nine years Debbie Price has been director of the INTO UEA centre - the UK’s first dedicated, on-campus living and learning facility for international students. “I am enormously proud of our achievements at INTO UEA, and would like to thank all of the staff here and the teams overseas for their hard work and dedication – we couldn’t have done it without you!” she said.

“Local jobs have been created, the University and the local economy have benefited and, most important of all, thousands of young people from around the world have received a British university education, with over 2,500 pathway students qualifying to progress to the University of East Anglia. This award tops off our tenth year birthday celebrations in a spectacular way.”

For more information about the award and INTO UEA, please read the full press release. For more about programmes at INTO UEA, please visit the INTO Higher website