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INTO Stirling moves to sleek new building

With its bright classrooms, sweeping hallways, glorious views and state-of-the-art teaching technology, INTO Stirling’s new building in the heart of the University of Stirling’s stunning campus inspires and delivers on every front.

With its bright classrooms, sweeping hallways, glorious views and state-of-the-art teaching technology, INTO Stirling’s new building in the heart of the University of Stirling’s stunning campus inspires and delivers on every front. Teaching, student support and administrative staff have already moved into the centre - with its ten tech-rich classrooms, 108-seater lecture theatre and catering facilities - and some classes have already taken place there. However, the building will be fully open for business in late September, in good time for the arrival of INTO Stirling’s autumn student cohort. The next arrivals will benefit from the additional space and facilities in the new building – previous students having been taught … Read the full article
With its bright classrooms, sweeping hallways, glorious views and state-of-the-art teaching technology, INTO Stirling’s new building in the heart of the University of Stirling’s stunning campus inspires and delivers on every front.

Teaching, student support and administrative staff have already moved into the centre - with its ten tech-rich classrooms, 108-seater lecture theatre and catering facilities - and some classes have already taken place there. However, the building will be fully open for business in late September, in good time for the arrival of INTO Stirling’s autumn student cohort.

The next arrivals will benefit from the additional space and facilities in the new building – previous students having been taught in the historic, although less practical surroundings of 18th Century Airthrey Castle, overlooking the campus.

Moving is always a bit of wrench but, in this case, was absolutely necessary, says INTO Stirling Centre Director Sandy Tippett: “Although students and staff have felt very privileged to be in such a beautiful building with interesting features and a rich history, working and studying will be much easier in the new centre, as it has been very much designed to meet both teachers’ and students’ needs. Most importantly, the modern building is much larger – easily big enough to accommodate our ever-growing numbers. Of course, we will always have fond memories of our three years in the Castle, but it is good to be leaving it for such positive reasons.”

INTO Stirling Head of Student Services Thomas Kowalski, says: “I am very excited about the new building as it will offer a much better teaching space, plus an onsite café, a big learning resource centre, a lecture theatre, and much more. I think that the increased space will allow us to deliver a much more immersive and exciting student experience.”

Students, too, are happy to be swapping the old for the new:

“I like the new building a lot, there is so much more space and the location of the new building is great, it feels very modern,” - Lorenzo Cascapera from Italy.

“The castle was great but I really like the feel and space of the new building” - Yieng Qing Chan from Malaysia.

“I love the new building, it’s fantastic. It’s great to be so close to everything, we are so close to the sport facilities, the atrium, and the student association”  - Nuru Taal from The Gambia.

“This move, which coincides with the University of Stirling’s 50th birthday, marks a new era in the development of the joint venture between INTO University Partnerships and the University of Stirling, as it will help to further grow the multicultural community on campus,” adds Sandy.

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INTO UAB students spring into summer internships

It may be tempting to spend the hot summer in Birmingham just hanging out, sight-seeing and having fun, but a few ambitious former INTO University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pathway students are using the months between their university classes to gain skills that will help them in their future careers. Through internships at Birmingham businesses and organizations, former INTO UAB students are gaining first-hand, practical experience in a professional setting while building networking contacts. Juliana Madrid Acevedo, a student from Colombia, is interning with BBVA Compass’s Birmingham office. “My internship experience is giving me a vision of the business world in the United States,” said Juliana, who completed the MBA Pathway and is now studying in the MBA degree program. Juliana’s knowledge… Read the full article
It may be tempting to spend the hot summer in Birmingham just hanging out, sight-seeing and having fun, but a few ambitious former INTO University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pathway students are using the months between their university classes to gain skills that will help them in their future careers.

Through internships at Birmingham businesses and organizations, former INTO UAB students are gaining first-hand, practical experience in a professional setting while building networking contacts.

Juliana Madrid Acevedo, a student from Colombia, is interning with BBVA Compass’s Birmingham office. “My internship experience is giving me a vision of the business world in the United States,” said Juliana, who completed the MBA Pathway and is now studying in the MBA degree program.

Juliana’s knowledge of Spanish and English, plus her seven years of experience in the telecommunications industry, put her above the competition when interviewing for a Digital Marketing internship with the Spanish headquartered-bank. Juliana’s daily tasks include managing and populating BBVA’s four blogs with educational content, ranging from small business tips to global wealth information.

“My experience is helping me improve my English and managerial skills, but my favorite part is learning about a new industry and experiencing diversity. Since it’s a European bank, I work with people from all over the world,” Juliana said.

Meanwhile, Trinh Huynh, who is from Vietnam and has recently completed the Graduate Pathway in Public Health at UAB, has taken up an opportunity in Birmingham’s high-profile health science community.

“I found my internship through a network of other public health professionals who are practicing in the maternal and child health area,” said Trinh, who joined the Public Health degree program at UAB in January 2017.

“I talked with professionals about their projects and working environment, and finally found an internship with the Help Me Grow program at UnitedWay of Alabama.”

Trinh’s daily role as an intern consists of receiving referrals from health care providers regarding developmental and behavioral concerns about individual children, and contacting the families to discuss how Help Me Grow and other community-based support services can help the child.

“I get to be a link between families that need help and the resources in the community,” Trinh said. “The early childhood period plays such a crucial role in the success of children’s lives and I hope that it is something I can continue to do as a career in the future.”

Trinh also feels that what she learned in the INTO UAB English Language Program has helped her during her internship. “My English classes have made me feel more confident in my communication skills, and this has helped me have conversations with the families I work with and report to my supervisor. I’m able to have a hands-on experience in my field and I totally love what I am doing,” she said.

INTO UAB staff and the UAB International Student and Scholar Services offices are available to assist any international students who are looking for internships, curricular practical training or optional practical yraining opportunities. For more about these services, please visit the UAB International Student and Scholar office website

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Another successful year for the Newton A-level Programme

This summer, the Newton A-level programme at INTO University of East Anglia (UEA) has once again helped many international students to move on to their ideal degree subject and university. “We’ve had another incredible year of outstanding A-level results on our Newton programme here at INTO UEA, with 99 per cent of all grades being A* to C,” said INTO UEA Centre Director Debbie Price. Overall, 83 per cent of the grades achieved this summer were A* to A; 93 per cent A* to B; and 99 per cent A* to C. Moreover, 100% of students who applied to medical school achieved a place. This year’s Newton Programme students have met the entry requirements for a range of universities, including U… Read the full article
This summer, the Newton A-level programme at INTO University of East Anglia (UEA) has once again helped many international students to move on to their ideal degree subject and university.

“We’ve had another incredible year of outstanding A-level results on our Newton programme here at INTO UEA, with 99 per cent of all grades being A* to C,” said INTO UEA Centre Director Debbie Price.

Overall, 83 per cent of the grades achieved this summer were A* to A; 93 per cent A* to B; and 99 per cent A* to C. Moreover, 100% of students who applied to medical school achieved a place.

This year’s Newton Programme students have met the entry requirements for a range of universities, including University of Cambridge, University College London and the University of East Anglia, and for degree subjects such as medicine, dentistry, architecture, mathematics, engineering and economics. 

“This year’s results are due to a combination of factors - the talent and ambition of our individual students, plus the hard work and dedication of INTO UEA teachers and support staff. I’d like to congratulate all our Newton A-level students on their achievements, and thank their teachers and the staff for helping these students to realise their full potential,” said Debbie.

The students, too, were grateful for the help and support received throughout their two years at INTO UEA. “The Newton Programme fully supported me throughout my medical school application. I received offers from all of the medical schools I applied to,” said Kerry, a student from Hong Kong who achieved A* A* A* grades and a place to study Medicine at UEA.

Newton A-level Programme Manager Bethan Gulliver was also extremely happy with the students’ stellar performance. “This is another great set of results and I would like to congratulate all of our students,” she said.

“They have all worked so hard and with great dedication to receive these grades. We are all very proud of them. I would also like to thank the academic and centre staff for the support they gave the students. We are looking forward to welcoming our next cohort.” 

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INTO City – into sports!

That making the most of life at INTO City, University of London involves not only working hard, but playing hard, was the lesson learned by students who took part in its annual sports day. The INTO City Sports Day is designed to give energetic Academic and Pre-sessional English programme students a taste of what is on offer at CitySport, City University, London’s sports facility. This year, 75 students, 15 INTO City staff, plus City University’s new mascot City Wolf (pictured) showed up bright and early, determined to bag the main prize. Daniyar Makhanov, who is from Kazakhstan and is on the Pre-Sessional English programme at INTO City, was among the 50 students who participated i… Read the full article
That making the most of life at INTO City, University of London involves not only working hard, but playing hard, was the lesson learned by students who took part in its annual sports day.

The INTO City Sports Day is designed to give energetic Academic and Pre-sessional English programme students a taste of what is on offer at CitySport, City University, London’s sports facility. This year, 75 students, 15 INTO City staff, plus City University’s new mascot City Wolf (pictured) showed up bright and early, determined to bag the main prize.

Daniyar Makhanov, who is from Kazakhstan and is on the Pre-Sessional English programme at INTO City, was among the 50 students who participated in the games and competitions. He had his team ‘No Way, José’ won the top prize on the day: “It was great fun to play sports with classmates and teachers,” he said. “I’m very pleased that our team won the game, but well done to the other teams as well!”

“The high turnout made for a great atmosphere, and the students and staff played hard at a range of activities like basketball, relay races and dodge ball,” added INTO City Centre Director Eamon Martin.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves and many of the students said they would definitely be using the fantastic facilities at CitySport as a result, which is great news, as this adds so much value to their experience here!”

CitySport is the largest student sports facility in central London and is open to students, staff and alumni, as well as the public. To find out more about it, please click here

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Anything is possible, OSU speaker tells graduates

If you can adapt to the unexpected and stay positive, a world of possibilities is open to you was the message given to this summer’s graduating students by Oregon State University’s commencement ceremony speaker. Billionaire Hüsnü M Özyeğin, who arrived at OSU from Turkey in 1963 with just $100 in his pocket, graduated with a Civil Engineering degree in 1967 and is now a highly successful business leader and philanthropist in Turkey and Europe, had this to say: “My story unfolded in so many unexpected ways, and over the years I pursued my business and philanthropy. I did not imagine at all, 50 years ago, how my life would turn out - just like many of you don’t know today.” Over the decades, Hüsnü has mad… Read the full article
If you can adapt to the unexpected and stay positive, a world of possibilities is open to you was the message given to this summer’s graduating students by Oregon State University’s commencement ceremony speaker.

Billionaire Hüsnü M Özyeğin, who arrived at OSU from Turkey in 1963 with just $100 in his pocket, graduated with a Civil Engineering degree in 1967 and is now a highly successful business leader and philanthropist in Turkey and Europe, had this to say: “My story unfolded in so many unexpected ways, and over the years I pursued my business and philanthropy. I did not imagine at all, 50 years ago, how my life would turn out - just like many of you don’t know today.”

Over the decades, Hüsnü has made a significant contribution to the global community through extensive work in social entrepreneurship, education, women’s rights, equity, child and youth development, as well as the arts and cultural preservation.

“For the lucky ones among you who have found your passion and your calling, good luck in your future endeavors, but for those, like me, who do not have a clear plan - understand that life enables you to choose and sometimes to be chosen, but what you do is what determines success and fulfillment,” added Hüsnü, who that day received an honorary doctorate in civil engineering, alongside the other 6,800 students who graduated this year.

Another successful role model, Oprah Winfrey, attended the Corvallis ceremony to witness the graduation of former students from OWLAG – an independent boarding school, founded by her to provide world-class education to previously disadvantaged girls in South Africa.

The quality of the teaching at Oregon State University was the driving force that had propelled former INTO OSU student Rafid Hasan Chowdhury (pictured) all the way to a double degree in Physics and Mathematics: “My teachers were wonderful people,” he said. “Usually they were the leading experts in their field of research. It was wonderful to work with them and get an education from them.”

INTO OSU Center Director Bob Gilmour enjoyed witnessing former INTO students receive their degrees during the ceremonies. “I was so inspired to see our students at the end of their OSU journey – they grow and change so much during their time here and leave ready to enter the world as global OSU 1beavers!” he said. 

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Former INTO students celebrate GCU degrees

This summer, 42 former INTO Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) realised their study dreams by graduating from the University. Among the 2,951 GCU to have received their degrees this year was INTO GCU Ambassador Ali Alaeldin from the Gambia, who achieved a 2:1 class degree in Mechanical and Power Plant Systems. “I'm so happy to have finally graduated - I feel really proud of myself and fulfilled,” said Ali. “INTO GCU helped me achieve my goals, and now I am going on to postgraduate study. I don’t think that this would have been possible without INTO GCU.” To celebrate the achievements of all the Centre’s former students, INTO GCU held a Graduate Celebration, to which all graduate former INTO GCU students were invited. Speaking at the event was Isatou Njai, who is from The Gambia and began her UK studie… Read the full article
This summer, 42 former INTO Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) realised their study dreams by graduating from the University. Among the 2,951 GCU to have received their degrees this year was INTO GCU Ambassador Ali Alaeldin from the Gambia, who achieved a 2:1 class degree in Mechanical and Power Plant Systems.

“I'm so happy to have finally graduated - I feel really proud of myself and fulfilled,” said Ali. “INTO GCU helped me achieve my goals, and now I am going on to postgraduate study. I don’t think that this would have been possible without INTO GCU.”

To celebrate the achievements of all the Centre’s former students, INTO GCU held a Graduate Celebration, to which all graduate former INTO GCU students were invited.

Speaking at the event was Isatou Njai, who is from The Gambia and began her UK studies as a Foundation Business student at INTO GCU before going on to receive a degree in International Business (Risk Management) at the University.

Isatou revealed how INTO GCU had prepared her for university life and helped to develop the skills needed to set up her own company, Hippo & Hedgehog, which has recently reached the final round of the prestigious, UK-wide Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Award scheme.

INTO GCU Centre Director Ian Butchart, said: “I was delighted to see so many, young, talented individuals being rewarded for their hard work. I think of our staff and students as being part of a big family, and was genuinely proud of each one of our graduates.”

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