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University of Stirling and INTO launch major internationalisation partnership

02 Apr 2014 6536

The centres will provide a range of academic and English language preparation courses for international students, with teaching due to begin in September 2014.

 Programmes on offer at the Stirling campus include General English, Academic English, International Foundation, International Diploma and International Graduate Diploma courses, together with pre-sessional and in-sessional support. Students who successfully complete the preparation courses will be able to progress to undergraduate or postgraduate degree programmes at the University of Stirling. Agreements already signed with affiliate partner institutions in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland will offer students additional options for progression.

 Students at INTO Stirling will have full access to all of the University’s academic and support services as well as the full range of sporting and social facilities.

 The London centre will offer a range of Master’s degrees in Business and Management, Finance and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) in addition to a wide range of English Language courses. The London centre will also provide validation services for Master’s degrees offered by the London Academy of Diplomacy.

 Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling, said: “INTO shares the University of Stirling’s commitment to high quality education. The partnership will achieve a step change across the University in relation to our international student experience.”

 He added: “The new London base for the University of Stirling will provide students with internationally recognised degrees in the heart of one of the world’s most important financial, cultural and political centres.”

 Andrew Colin, Chairman of INTO University Partnerships, said: “We are delighted to enter into partnership with such an ambitious and innovative university. Scottish higher education has helped shape the world for centuries - and with this venture we look forward to helping the University of Stirling extend its global impact in the century ahead.”

 “Our partnerships in the UK have helped to re-define the international student experience, enrolling almost 40,000 students and delivering truly world-class experiences. We are proud to work with a University who shares this commitment to extend opportunities for life-changing higher education to students from around the world.”



 For more information about the University of Stirling, please contact David Tripp, Public Relations Officer, on 01786 466 687 or email david.tripp@stir.ac.uk.


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  • Photo titled ‘INTO Stirling 1.jpg’ shows (l-r) The Chairman of INTO University Partnerships Andrew Colin, and Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling Professor Gerry McCormac.



About the University of Stirling

 Founded by Royal Charter in 1967, the University of Stirling was the first new university in Scotland for over 400 years.

 International students voted Stirling the best university in Scotland - and second in the UK - for “a good place to be” in the most recent International Student Barometer. 

 The University of Stirling was ranked 61st in the world, 9th in the UK and 1st in Scotland in the 2013 Times Higher Education 100 under 50 table (which ranks the world’s best 100 universities under 50 years old).

 Designated Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence by the government in 2008, the University is internationally recognised for innovative research and teaching in sport, and for success in developing sporting talent and improving athlete performance.  All students benefit from a range of facilities that include a 50-metre swimming pool, a 9-hole par 3 golf course, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, fitness and conditioning centres, 400m athletics track and numerous cross-country running trails.

 The University campus is located on the edge of Stirling City in 330 acres of stunning countryside. 

 Stirling is one of the UK’s leading research universities in the fields of aquaculture, children and young people, health and wellbeing, the environment and people, culture and society, enterprise and the economy, and sport.

 Stirling is a City geographically at the centre of Scotland with superb links to the rest of the UK and beyond.  It takes just 45 minutes from Glasgow and Edinburgh by road or rail.  Edinburgh, the capital city, is home to the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh Castle and two of the largest cultural festivals whilst Glasgow is home to some of the most beautiful architecture in Europe.  Stirling is the ancient capital of Scotland and has many tourist attractions of cultural and historical significance including Stirling Castle, the National Wallace Monument and nearby the Trossachs National Park. 

 For more information, please visit www.stir.ac.uk.


 About INTO University Partnerships

 INTO University Partnerships specialises in large-scale transformational partnerships that support and drive leading universities' internationalisation goals.  Within university-led partnerships, INTO expands opportunities for students to pursue higher education, investing in the resources, systems and processes to deliver a remarkable student experiences and exceptional student outcomes.

 In seven years, INTO has developed partnerships with 19 universities around the world to help them expand access and transform the quality of the international student experience.

 The company has over 1,400 staff working on INTO projects and generates annual revenues in excess of £165m. More than 50,000 students will have enrolled at INTO centres by the end of the 2012-13 financial year generating an estimated £400 million in tuition revenue alone for UK higher education. Projections see the company more than doubling in size over the next 5 years.

 The partnership model provides investment and access to resources beyond the scope and capacity of individual universities.

 Students benefit from university-designed and delivered programmes, highly supportive learning environments and state-of-the-art learning and living spaces while enjoying full access to their host university's campus facilities, resources and services. The company currently operates a student recruitment network with 31 offices in 17 countries.

 In 2011, INTO was named Higher Education Provider of the Year in the Education Investor awards and was highly commended as Education Business of the Year in 2013.

 INTO China's short-term study abroad courses have been voted in the world's top ten study abroad experiences by Abroad 101 and STA Travel.

 In the June 2012 I-graduate survey, the international student polling organisation revealed that three of the top five most highly recommended higher education operations are INTO joint ventures.

 For more information, please visit www.into-corporate.com.


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