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Top team delivers the INTO Marshall message across India

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Top team delivers the INTO Marshall message across India

An elite task-force from Marshall University recently visited universities across India to spread the word about graduate study and student life at INTO Marshall.

An elite task-force from Marshall University recently visited universities across India to spread the word about graduate study and student life at INTO Marshall. Marshall University President Jerry Gilbert; INTO Marshall Executive Director Stephanie Hurley Collier; Dr Avinandan Mukherjee, Dean of the Lewis College of Business; and Dr Wael Zatar, Dean of the College of Information Technology and Engineering joined INTO Marshall Marketing and Recruitment Manager Vince Milam on the eight-day recruiting trip to the subcontinent. During visits to universities in the cities of Mumbai, Chennai, and Hyderabad, the team spoke to students about the features and be… Read the full article
An elite task-force from Marshall University recently visited universities across India to spread the word about graduate study and student life at INTO Marshall.

Marshall University President Jerry Gilbert; INTO Marshall Executive Director Stephanie Hurley Collier; Dr Avinandan Mukherjee, Dean of the Lewis College of Business; and Dr Wael Zatar, Dean of the College of Information Technology and Engineering joined INTO Marshall Marketing and Recruitment Manager Vince Milam on the eight-day recruiting trip to the subcontinent.

During visits to universities in the cities of Mumbai, Chennai, and Hyderabad, the team spoke to students about the features and benefits of INTO Marshall’s graduate programs, with computer science, business, and engineering attracting the most interest among the potential students.

President Gilbert gave an overview of campus life and learning at Marshall University. “I would like for Marshall to grow its student numbers from India and to become a preferred destination for students," he said.

"I think we have a rich and vibrant campus environment for international students, and I hope we can continue to enhance that environment. I want all international students to feel that they are a valued part of the Marshall family.”

Stephanie then spoke about how INTO Marshall helps students adjust to study and life in the United States. Her words were neatly underlined up by a video in which INTO Marshall student Archana Srivastava, from Hyderabad, spoke positively about her own experiences at the centre. There were also specialized presentations from Dr Mukherjee about the Lewis College of Business and from Dr Zatar on the College of Information Technology and Engineering.

The enthusiasm for studying in the United States shown by the potential Indian students made all the hard work involved in traveling to India worth it. “My favorite part of the trip was being able to interact with students and learn about their desires to further their education in the US," said President Gilbert. "I even had a chance to take a selfie with a group. The Indian students were very excited to learn about Marshall and welcomed us in a warm and friendly manner.”

In addition, the trip was also an opportunity for the team to hear first-hand about what it is that makes US visa applications fail, so that they can be in a better position to advise students in the future.

Please visit the INTO Marshall page for information about programs. 

Photo: Marshall University President Gilbert, INTO Marshall Executive Director Stephanie Hurley Collier, Dean Zatar, and Dean Mukerjee with potential students in India. 

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INTO Stirling centre – by royal appointment

INTO The University of Stirling’s beautiful new £6.5m study centre was formally opened by the His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex on November 13. The building includes a state-of-the-art 108-seater lecture theatre, 10 teaching rooms, a café, and capacity for up to 420 students. “Our new, bespoke centre will enhance our students’ experience of studying at Stirling, as it embodies the University’s focus on innovation and excellence,” said INTO Stirling Centre Director Sandy Tippett. The building has been designed with energy efficiency and low carbon emissions in mind, thus underlining the University’s commitment to sustainability. The building is also testament to the University’s emphasis on expanding its relationship with the rest of the world, said Principal and Vice… Read the full article
INTO The University of Stirling’s beautiful new £6.5m study centre was formally opened by the His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex on November 13. The building includes a state-of-the-art 108-seater lecture theatre, 10 teaching rooms, a café, and capacity for up to 420 students.

“Our new, bespoke centre will enhance our students’ experience of studying at Stirling, as it embodies the University’s focus on innovation and excellence,” said INTO Stirling Centre Director Sandy Tippett. The building has been designed with energy efficiency and low carbon emissions in mind, thus underlining the University’s commitment to sustainability.

The building is also testament to the University’s emphasis on expanding its relationship with the rest of the world, said Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerry McCormac.

“With more than 120 nationalities represented on our campus, we celebrate our global outlook – and are therefore delighted to open this cutting-edge facility, to deepen our partnership with INTO that provides international students with opportunities to study at a world-leading university,” he told an audience composed of local and national politicians, representatives from Stirling Council, and members of the Students’ Union, among others.

“The formal, royal opening of the centre, which took place 50 years to the day since The Queen signed the Royal Charter which brought the University into being, 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,” added Sandy.

“We are proud to have been in partnership with the University of Stirling since 2014, with more than 1,000 international INTO students having already enjoyed the experience of studying on such a beautiful campus, and we are looking forward to welcoming many more young people here in the future,” she said.

The new building has been fully up and running since August, and is already being much appreciated by those who teach, learn and work there. INTO Stirling English Teacher Ian Hamilton said: “The breakout spaces are fantastic and the learning resource centre is very inclusive – it’s got a lot of areas that students can access and, with the modern design, it’s really, really nice.”

“One of the great things about our new building is that we are very much in the heart of the university campus, so it really helps with our students and their integration into that that bigger feeling of being part of the University of Stirling from day one,” added INTO Stirling Head of Recruitment Daniel Cuffe.

The feeling of inclusion and excitement was also shared by student Nuru Taal from The Gambia, who said: “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,”

Students at the INTO centre undertake preparation courses for progression on to degree programmes at the University of Stirling, as well as other universities. A short film of the royal opening can be viewed here, a video tour of the centre is here, and for pictures of the new building, please visit facebook.

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Newcastle University London CEO speaks about educating for tomorrow

In a plenary speech to over 14,000 delegates at the Microsoft Future Decoded Conference 2017, Newcastle University London CEO Professor Amanda Broderick highlighted the urgent need for skills, and spoke about how, “developing students as the whole person, and preparing them to flourish for futures we can’t predict,” forms part of Newcastle University’s new education strategy. Amanda’s extensive experience in both industry-facing educational innovation and technology-enhanced learning, plus her belief in the value of character-led education were all was highlighted during her presentation on: ‘Developing Character-Led Talent: A Gen Z Graduate Revolution’. “Over 80 per cent of organisations believe that skills gaps will impact their business significantly in the future,” said Amanda. We must, she continued, focus urgently on establishing a stronger relationship between… Read the full article
In a plenary speech to over 14,000 delegates at the Microsoft Future Decoded Conference 2017, Newcastle University London CEO Professor Amanda Broderick highlighted the urgent need for skills, and spoke about how, “developing students as the whole person, and preparing them to flourish for futures we can’t predict,” forms part of Newcastle University’s new education strategy.

Amanda’s extensive experience in both industry-facing educational innovation and technology-enhanced learning, plus her belief in the value of character-led education were all was highlighted during her presentation on: ‘Developing Character-Led Talent: A Gen Z Graduate Revolution’.

“Over 80 per cent of organisations believe that skills gaps will impact their business significantly in the future,” said Amanda. We must, she continued, focus urgently on establishing a stronger relationship between industry and educational providers in order to develop the competency frameworks and job specific educational resources that will be needed during what is being described as the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The three billion members of Generation Z - people born from the mid-1990s who have grown up fully connected with social media and mobile internet access - are about to enter the workplace. While this generation’s, “characters are still forming and their role in the workplace has yet to take place… what we do know is that five years from now, over one-third of skills that are considered important in today’s workforce will have changed,” Amanda said.

“By 2020, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will have brought us advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning, quantum computing, advanced materials, biotechnology and genomics. Such developments will transform the way we live and work. Some jobs will disappear, others will grow, and jobs that don’t even exist today will become commonplace,” she said.

In the light of all this uncertainty, how can we match Generation Z’s competencies – ie their abilities, behaviours and knowledge – with the future needs of industry? asked Amanda, before going on to outline her extensive research into industry-led competency frameworks, as well as into how education providers like Newcastle University London can work with industry in order to provide a workforce that has the skills needed both today, and in the future.

To hear Professor Broderick’s speech in full, please see YouTube

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INTO Giving: Six of the best – chosen by you!

INTO Giving has some very big news – in 2017, the charity has donated $100,000 (£75,000 UK) to education projects in the developing world, including to six brand new projects in Asia, Africa and Europe. All of the new additions were nominated by employees in the UK and United States. “We received a fantastic response when we asked people to apply on behalf of educational organisations for a grant, showing that the INTO family sees the importance of our invaluable work,” said INTO Giving Director Chris Walker. “The projects that have been chosen will allow us to continue our theme of supporting the education of both girls and refugees. Many of the organisations receiving the grants also work har… Read the full article
INTO Giving has some very big news – in 2017, the charity has donated $100,000 (£75,000 UK) to education projects in the developing world, including to six brand new projects in Asia, Africa and Europe.

All of the new additions were nominated by employees in the UK and United States. “We received a fantastic response when we asked people to apply on behalf of educational organisations for a grant, showing that the INTO family sees the importance of our invaluable work,” said INTO Giving Director Chris Walker.

“The projects that have been chosen will allow us to continue our theme of supporting the education of both girls and refugees. Many of the organisations receiving the grants also work hard to ensure that girls and boys are educated together; girls and boys who are at serious risk of being forced or coerced out of school because they’re poor.”

The new projects are: Room to Read – Sri Lanka; Bees Abroad (Nigeria); Peter M. Goodrich Foundation (Afghanistan); Project Hope 4 Kids (Greece); Trailblazer (Cambodia), Alliance for African Assistance (Uganda). The funding will be used to help build brand new schools and refurbish run-down buildings; to train teachers; and to provide school meals, classroom supplies, and safe, welcoming accommodation for teachers. And much more besides.

“None of this would have been possible were it not for the generosity of our supporters, and the energy of INTO Giving fundraisers over the past year. In 2017 INTO Giving has donated more than twice as much to developing world education projects as in 2016,” adds Chris.

“On behalf of INTO Giving, I would like to thank everyone involved in sticking up for these kids, their teachers, their families and their communities. Every penny, pound and dollar really is making a difference.”

For more about all of the projects that INTO Giving supports, please visit www.into-giving.com/projects.

Funds go further with iGive

iGive makes the most of INTO employees’ and students’ support for humanitarian projects, by topping any funds raised for their chosen charities by 20 per cent. INTO London recently held a fantastic BBC Children in Need bake sale, and donated funds through iGive! Find out how iGive works here and for more about INTO Giving’s current projects, visit their website

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