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Washington State University is INTO’s ninth US partner

Washington State University marked the start of a long-term agreement with INTO University Partnerships to increase its diversity and global reach at a Monday, December 19 event on its Pullman campus.

Washington State University marked the start of a long-term agreement with INTO University Partnerships to increase its diversity and global reach at a Monday, December 19 event on its Pullman campus. “Washington State University has long been reputed for its outstanding global engagement and innovation,” said John Sykes, INTO’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “This partnership is a natural outgrowth of the university’s commitment to advance and apply knowledge that improves quality of life and economies locally, nationally and globally. We couldn’t be more proud to partner with the university at this exciting time in WSU’s history.” A public research university system in the US’ Pa… Read the full article
Washington State University marked the start of a long-term agreement with INTO University Partnerships to increase its diversity and global reach at a Monday, December 19 event on its Pullman campus.

“Washington State University has long been reputed for its outstanding global engagement and innovation,” said John Sykes, INTO’s co-founder and chief executive officer.

“This partnership is a natural outgrowth of the university’s commitment to advance and apply knowledge that improves quality of life and economies locally, nationally and globally. We couldn’t be more proud to partner with the university at this exciting time in WSU’s history.”

A public research university system in the US’ Pacific Northwest, WSU has five campuses across the state of Washington. Students will be able to begin their Pathway program on the Pullman campus, and complete their degree there or at another WSU campus location.

“Enhancing international diversity on campus is critically important,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz. “This new venture will increase the exposure of students throughout the WSU state-wide system to international perspectives, thereby better preparing them to work in environments around the globe and collaborate with colleagues from different cultures.” 

With major global employers such as Boeing, Amazon, Paypal and Microsoft all headquartered in Washington, giving students an additional international dimension to their education will set WSU graduates apart and continue to contribute to  the State’s long-term prosperity.

Preparing international students for success

WSU is the ninth university in the United States to team with INTO, Saint Louis University and The University of Alabama Birmingham joined the INTO network in 2015. To date, INTO has helped US universities recruit more than 15,000 students from around the world. In 2015-16, nearly 90 per cent of all students enrolled successfully progressed to their full degree program at their host university.

“When we began this process, INTO’s commitment to student success really got our attention,” said Asif Chaudhry, vice president for international programs at WSU and former US Ambassador to Moldova.

“It was imperative for us that we collaborate with INTO, an organization with a tremendous reputation for supporting students from recruitment through graduation. The most important consideration in the internationalization initiative is the cultural gains that additional international students will bring to the university," he said.

He noted the initiative also will boost WSU’s efforts to expand its global engagement and outreach activities through providing new opportunities for the university to share its expertise in research, teaching, service and economic development with global partners. WSU’s International Programs department currently manages an international research and development portfolio in several Asian and African countries valued at $21.5 million. 

“More than 30,000 students already know what an outstanding institution WSU is,” said Amy McGowan, chief operating officer for INTO’s North America region. “We are excited to introduce students from around the world to the Cougar family.”

The partnership with INTO is an essential step in the Drive to 25, WSU’s institutional commitment to achieving recognition as one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities by 2030.

Photo: Back Row (L to R) - WSU Director, Intensive American Language Center Kate Hellmann, WSU Vice President for International Programs Asif Chaudhry, WSU Provost Dan Bernardo, INTO Vice President, Global Partner Development Tim O'Brien, WSU Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Erica Austin, WSU Associate Vice President for Finance Matt Skinner, INTO Chief Operating Officer Amy McGowan, INTO Executive Vice President, Partnership Development Bruce Magid. Front Row (L to R) WSU President Kirk Schulz, INTO CEO John Sykes.

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Former INTO Newcastle student wins top architecture medal

An INTO Newcastle University Foundation in Architecture student who progressed to Newcastle University was awarded the most prestigious student architecture award in the world at a London ceremony in early December. Allan Chong, who is from Hong Kong, won the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Bronze Medal for his concept Formless – An Alternative Typology for Preservation. In his winning piece, Allan explored how buildings can be preserved and transformed through a proposal to extend Sir John Soane’s Museum in London. “Architecture is a professional subject,” Allan said. “We do not just think how to construct a building, but also take a philosophical approach to rethink the meaning a… Read the full article
An INTO Newcastle University Foundation in Architecture student who progressed to Newcastle University was awarded the most prestigious student architecture award in the world at a London ceremony in early December.

Allan Chong, who is from Hong Kong, won the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Bronze Medal for his concept Formless – An Alternative Typology for Preservation. In his winning piece, Allan explored how buildings can be preserved and transformed through a proposal to extend Sir John Soane’s Museum in London.

“Architecture is a professional subject,” Allan said. “We do not just think how to construct a building, but also take a philosophical approach to rethink the meaning and relationship between architecture and human beings. Although, in reality, the built environment poses lots of constraints in a practical way, I still believe we can use what we have learnt to improve our living conditions, especially through detailed designs.”

In his final year, Allan was greatly inspired by Sir John Soane’s architecture from the 19th century, which led to his ‘Formless’ project. “The range of Soane’s built designs, from his own home to his greatest architecture the Bank of England, allowed me to explore the meaning of preservation,” he said.

“I am truly happy and honoured to receive this award. This is the greatest motivation for me to keep exploring architecture and will encourage me to take bolder steps into the topic of architectural preservation. I always believe preservation is the path forward. If we can design and optimise our local spaces, they will always store and present society’s memories for us.”

The 22-year-old, who was tutored at Newcastle University by Josep-Maria Garcia-Fuentes and Aldric Rodriguez Iborra., graduated with a BA (Hons) in Architecture this year. He is currently working as an architectural assistant at P&T Group in Hong Kong.

“Newcastle University is one of the best universities to study architecture,” Allan said. “The studio-based learning in the programme allows us to be more specific focussed and the city is so compact and comfortable, I can find everything I need within half an hour walk. This is so important for an architectural student as we always lack time!”

The RIBA President’s Medals are probably the most competitive international student award in architecture, open to 320 accredited universities in 65 countries, with each institution invited to put forward their two best students. This year there were 102 entries for the Bronze Award. RIBA has three levels of award – Bronze for undergraduate, Silver for Masters students and Gold for established practitioners. 

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INTO University of Exeter celebrates ten years of success

On December 6, INTO University of Exeter organised a reception, an exhibition and a musical performance to mark its 10th anniversary. The event, held at the INTO centre in the heart of the University’s Streatham campus, was designed to celebrate the students, staff and other key stakeholders involved in shaping the centre into the vibrant and culturally diverse place it is today. There were speeches on behalf of the Centre, INTO University Partnerships and the University of Exeter, an exhibition of key landmarks in the development of the Joint Venture; and a performance by the University of Exeter’s World Music Choir. Over the past decade, 112 different nationalities have studied at the centre, with over 50 nationalities present in any single year. In January 2017 more than 600 students will be studying there on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate pathway and En… Read the full article
On December 6, INTO University of Exeter organised a reception, an exhibition and a musical performance to mark its 10th anniversary. The event, held at the INTO centre in the heart of the University’s Streatham campus, was designed to celebrate the students, staff and other key stakeholders involved in shaping the centre into the vibrant and culturally diverse place it is today.

There were speeches on behalf of the Centre, INTO University Partnerships and the University of Exeter, an exhibition of key landmarks in the development of the Joint Venture; and a performance by the University of Exeter’s World Music Choir.

Over the past decade, 112 different nationalities have studied at the centre, with over 50 nationalities present in any single year. In January 2017 more than 600 students will be studying there on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate pathway and English language courses. Since inception, there has been a large increase in the proportion of students studying on Academic Pathways, from 41 per cent of the total student body in 2006 to 79 per cent in 2016.  

Across the same period 6,600 students from the centre’s International Foundation, International Year One, Graduate Diploma and English programmes have gone on to study on a wide variety of degrees at the University of Exeter. In addition, 9,000 students studying on undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees have been supported by the INTO Insessional team, working closely with their counterparts at the University.

Opportunities for employment in various departments at the INTO Centre have also increased, and the number of staff there has risen from 18 in 2006 to 143 today. The support network offered both academically and on the social and welfare front has been well recognised by students, with 91 per cent saying they are satisfied/very satisfied with the support received at the centre (INTO Exit Survey 2016). 

A substantial amount of money - £53 million - has also been spent on developing the purpose-built teaching space in the heart of the campus, which opened in 2011, along with five residential buildings.

INTO University of Exeter Centre Director Penny Foster, said: “I have been at INTO University of Exeter since the Joint Venture was set up. Imagine the picture in 2006 - a floor of the University Old Library, a small group of 18 staff and around 38 students; move forward to January 2017 when we will have 143 academic and support staff and a student body of over 600, taught in first rate purpose-built facilities in the heart of the campus. That’s a lot to feel proud about.”

Mike Shore-Nye, Registrar and Secretary at the University of Exeter paid tribute to the students: “The quality of students that come here and then progress on to the University – over 6,000 students – is a standard which is superb, and seems likely to continue to rise.”

All in all, the evening was a spectacular celebration and was a great way to mark the hard work and dedication of so many people over the last ten years. 

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INTO Giving in 2016 – more donations and projects than ever!

2016 is nearly over - and what a year it has been! This time last year INTO Giving had four projects; today INTO’s charity has 16 projects in eight countries across four continents. Plus, in the last 12 months INTO staff, students and friends have raised a total of £133,664. These funds have gone all across the world. Now there is completely refurbished accommodation for teachers in rural Ghana; an e-learning centre in Zambia running on solar power; and a youth centre and mobile library in Bangladesh, all thanks to the generosity and hard work of INTO Giving’s supporters. However, the charity’s main focus this has been supporting refugee and girls’ education projects. Refugee support INTO Giving funded the roof to foundation refurbishment of a school in Lebanon f… Read the full article
2016 is nearly over - and what a year it has been! This time last year INTO Giving had four projects; today INTO’s charity has 16 projects in eight countries across four continents. Plus, in the last 12 months INTO staff, students and friends have raised a total of £133,664.

These funds have gone all across the world. Now there is completely refurbished accommodation for teachers in rural Ghana; an e-learning centre in Zambia running on solar power; and a youth centre and mobile library in Bangladesh, all thanks to the generosity and hard work of INTO Giving’s supporters.

However, the charity’s main focus this has been supporting refugee and girls’ education projects.

Refugee support

INTO Giving funded the roof to foundation refurbishment of a school in Lebanon for 200 Syrian children who have fled war. New classrooms, an IT centre, new electrics and bathrooms, and hallways… everything! Ensuring that these children still have access to education is crucial when it comes to creating a more peaceful, equal world for the future.

INTO Giving has also helped refugees at the School Bus Project. This refurbished school bus, equipped with solar energy and learning spaces, was based in the Calais ‘Jungle’ - a refugee and migrant encampment in France. INTO Giving funded the trained 23 volunteer teachers who, throughout the summer and early autumn, worked with hundreds of refugees living in squalid, frightening conditions, until the camp was forcibly closed in late October.

Girls’ education

We’ve helped fund the building of a girls’ school in western Malawi – the only school in the region for girls aged 14 and over. The Girl Shine Academy opened this autumn and already has 120 girls in attendance.

Educating girls is vital to creating a more equal world and developing the wider community; it is said, “If we educate a boy, we educate one person. If we educate a girl, we educate a family and a nation”.

Making a difference locally

In 2016, INTO Giving started for the first time to support projects local to INTO centres and partner universities. In the UK we now fund six projects and in the US we support two. These projects include St Loyes, in Exeter, which provides specialist educational to help young people with disabilities and mental health issues fulfil their potential. It’s our aim to expand the number of local projects we support, so if you work in an INTO centre and would like to suggest one near you, 2017 is your year!

Global activity!

All around the world, INTO Giving staff and students banded together in 2016 to organise and take part in events. They held bake sales, run marathons, cycled thousands of miles, run raffles, took selfies, sent roses, jumped from planes, and took part in quizzes all to raise money and awareness for our projects. And more!

Thank you to everyone involved in our best year yet, whether you’ve held an event or attended one. We’re looking forward to doing more in 2017 – so watch this space, and keep an eye on our website for news of our projects and activities.

Wishing you a happy holiday and a great New Year.

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INTO Stirling celebrates its first graduates

November 25 was a huge milestone for INTO University of Stirling as the centre welcomed its first INTO alumni. Here, two former INTO students share their experiences of studying and living at the Scottish campus. Kai Huang is all set for a fantastic future after graduating with a Master's in Finance from Stirling Management School. Originally from Chengdu in China, Kai’s international study experience began at INTO Stirling. As one of the first students to graduate from the joint graduate diploma programme, he went on to pursue his Master's degree. "I studied computing at undergraduate level, so the INTO programme gave me an overview of the field of finance before starting my postgraduate study,” he sai… Read the full article
November 25 was a huge milestone for INTO University of Stirling as the centre welcomed its first INTO alumni. Here, two former INTO students share their experiences of studying and living at the Scottish campus.

Kai Huang is all set for a fantastic future after graduating with a Master's in Finance from Stirling Management School. Originally from Chengdu in China, Kai’s international study experience began at INTO Stirling. As one of the first students to graduate from the joint graduate diploma programme, he went on to pursue his Master's degree.

"I studied computing at undergraduate level, so the INTO programme gave me an overview of the field of finance before starting my postgraduate study,” he said. “INTO also gave me more time to get used to life at a university overseas and become familiar with Stirling, letting me focus on my academic modules."

During the year-long course, Kai achieved distinctions in 75 per cent of his modules and finished in the top three students on his course.

"It was great to work with students from so many different countries at Stirling. By coordinating projects between lots of different individuals I learnt a lot about team work and communication in order to make our work a success.”

KeyongDuck Kim, 35, from Seoul in South Korea joined the University through the INTO graduate diploma programme, along with Kai. He has recently obtained his MSc in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Applied Linguistics.

While living in London, KeyongDuck met INTO Stirling centre director Sandy Tippett who recommended Stirling as the perfect place to gain experience of studying in another language.

"I didn't know much about Stirling before I came here, but the INTO programme was incredibly helpful in preparing me for my postgraduate course,” said KeyongDuck. “Once I started my Master's, I realised I had learnt a lot about what to expect and had a head start on fellow classmates, which was really beneficial. I loved the teachers at INTO - they were so friendly and helpful."

KeyongDuck's wife and 10-month-old baby relocated from South Korea with him to support him during the full-time Master's course.

"Looking after my family while studying was a real challenge. On the academic side, INTO readied me for studying and I knew what to expect. Fatherhood, however, was a bit different and my baby girl was still young when we moved to Scotland. Being on the other side of the world without family and friends was a test, but I'm glad we did it!"

KeyongDuck used the evenings to study and balance the demands of home and university life. The strategy paid off, as he graduates with a distinction.

"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 - I don't want to leave!"

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