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Face-to-face value – the 2018 INTO London Student Placement Fair

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Face-to-face value – the 2018 INTO London Student Placement Fair

Last week, students from INTO London World Education Centre filled the ground floor of Chapter Spitalfields in the heart of London’s financial district to discuss their futures with representatives from 50 INTO affiliate universities.

Last week, students from INTO London World Education Centre filled the ground floor of Chapter Spitalfields in the heart of London’s financial district to discuss their futures with representatives from 50 INTO affiliate universities. Some of the students had come along to the INTO London Student Placement Fair with no preconceptions about which Universities they would be applying to, just wanting to get a taste of what was on offer; others had already looked in detail at the various options, and were there to check that what they were aiming for was right for them. Early into the fair, University of York International Recruitment Administrator Louise Tarrant had already met quite a few of the latter category. “All the studen… Read the full article
Last week, students from INTO London World Education Centre filled the ground floor of Chapter Spitalfields in the heart of London’s financial district to discuss their futures with representatives from 50 INTO affiliate universities.

Some of the students had come along to the INTO London Student Placement Fair with no preconceptions about which Universities they would be applying to, just wanting to get a taste of what was on offer; others had already looked in detail at the various options, and were there to check that what they were aiming for was right for them.

Early into the fair, University of York International Recruitment Administrator Louise Tarrant had already met quite a few of the latter category. “All the students I have seen so far have done quite a lot of research, which makes my job easier!

“The students I have spoken to have been a mixture. One of them wants to do a Theatre, Film and Television studies PhD - they did an undergraduate degree in architecture and are looking to specialise in lighting design. But the main interest has been in undergraduate degrees in international business and law”.

Students were not the only reason for the University’s presence at the event, she said: “The fair is of great value to both the University and the students. If we can get students from INTO, that’s great, but there is also a lot of value in just being here as it is a great way to promote education in the North of England,” she added.

Caroline Pearson, Partnerships Officer at Bangor University agreed that the fair was a good for universities, as well as students: “I have seen various students so far today, and they have mostly been in the business area. But the fair has also been an invaluable chance for me to speak to placement officers from INTO UEA and INTO Manchester as they refer students over to us.”

University of Westminster International Recruitment Officer Richard Bolsher, meanwhile, was very enthusiastic about the fair as a chance to meet with students: “It has been very busy today. I have spoken to quite a variety of students, and their focus has been on business management, marketing, accounting and arts – fashion, graphic design, film and architecture. Most of those I have seen are here for undergraduate entry, but there have also been some International Year One students for Year 2 entry and a sprinkling of pre-Master’s students,” he said.

He was also impressed by the amount of preparation and thought that students had put in prior to the event. “The majority of them have done their homework, know what Westminster has to offer and are aware of our speciality areas. Lots of them have already booked up to come to our open days -  the university is so near that it is easy for them to come along and meet students and employees,” he said.

Christianne Sanjines, who’s from Bolivia and is taking the International Foundation in Business Management at INTO London, was among those who had done their homework: “I came here to see some of the options, and found even more than I expected when I got here! I am looking for a specific programme – business management with one language, either Russian or French. And am looking at Plymouth, Northumbria and Central Lancashire.

But mostly I am looking at Plymouth because they offer the language I want and the programme there includes a year abroad – which matters as I think you have to live in a place to learn a language,” said Christianne. And she should know, as she speaks Mandarin as a result of having gone to high school in Zhejiang province in China.

Chayapol Panichewa, who is from Thailand, attended school in England, graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Biomedical Science and is currently studying on the Business Administration Premasters at INTO London.

As he is hoping one day to set up a medical/biomedical type business in Thailand, Chayapol is looking to gain more business skills. “I want to do international business management, and have seen UEA, Sussex and Exeter, but I want to do more research myself as I have not really decided yet,” he said. 

“But I do like to have a lot of choice. I always like to look at the city and student life and the transport links, as I am interested in the quality of life, as well as the programmes. I think that the fair must be especially useful for students who have never been to the UK before, as it is an easy way for them to learn about all the different places.”

A video of the Placement Fair can be found here.

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Amazing race – how sweet the sound at INTO Drew!

In a grand display of innovation, creativity and collaboration, INTO Drew University and 10 of the University’s academic departments worked together to create the first-ever campus-wide Great Hunt. Six teams of Academic English students took part in an activity that was based around popular US television show The Amazing Race, andtook them all over campus and downtown Madison, New Jersey. “The purpose of the race was to get students engaged in the broader campus community while, of course, practicing their English skills,” said Academic English Professor and Great Hunt co-creator Maz Nikoui. “We really wanted them to learn more about the community in which they live.” And learn they did, a… Read the full article
In a grand display of innovation, creativity and collaboration, INTO Drew University and 10 of the University’s academic departments worked together to create the first-ever campus-wide Great Hunt.

Six teams of Academic English students took part in an activity that was based around popular US television show The Amazing Race, andtook them all over campus and downtown Madison, New Jersey.

“The purpose of the race was to get students engaged in the broader campus community while, of course, practicing their English skills,” said Academic English Professor and Great Hunt co-creator Maz Nikoui. “We really wanted them to learn more about the community in which they live.” And learn they did, as all six teams completed the race in just over two hours.

The games commenced when clues on index cards were distributed to each team, leading them to a location and challenge. There were seven locations in all, including the Library, the Center for Global Education, the Office of Sustainability/ Arboretum, The Archives, the Methodist Church, the Mead Hall/Asbury Statue, and the local post office.

“The collaboration between departments, both in student and academic services and the university as a whole, was overwhelming,” says Great Hunt co-creator and Chinese Language and Cultural Advisor Max Zhang.

“Some of the clues were difficult, but we made sure we worked together,” said Yumika Tsuchihira, a second year Academic English student from Japan. A university staff member was waiting at each location to verify completion of the challenge and provide the next clue.

The excitement was non-stop, as the identity of the winning team was only revealed at the last minute, said Yellow Team member and first-year Academic English student Tobey Su: “When we walked into Tilghman House (the INTO Drew Center), we didn’t know if we were in first or last. After they checked all our answers they (Maz and Max) announced we were the winners and I was so excited.

“I found some places and met some people on campus that I had never been or met before. I would have never dreamed of what Drew and Madison has to offer. It really was a lot of fun!” he added.

Faculty around campus echoed these sentiments: “What a great event! Thank you for including the archives in the scavenger hunt. It was so fun to see the students’ excitement and engagement with the campus. Really a wonderful job by all!” said Brian Shetler, Head of Special Collections & University Archives and Methodist Librarian

“The students were great to work with! Thanks for including the Library,” added Dr Jody Caldwell, Head, Reference and Research Services Department. Tina Notas, Campus Sustainability Coordinator, said: “Thanks for including us. It was lots of fun!!”

Co-creator Maz reflected on the success of the event, saying: “The AE students are grateful and walked away from this activity with a deeper understanding of Drew and our mission. They practiced their language skills, and matured academically and socially. All of the students were super proud of their efforts and thankful for the oppurtunity we had given them.”

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Sweet and spicy! Former INTO Marshall student opens Chinese restaurant

December 11,2017 was sure a busy day for former INTO Marshall University student Yangbo Song as he opened his first business – a Szechuan-style Chinese restaurant – on the same day as giving his final presentation for his Master’s degree in business administration. But, after more than two and a half months of preparation, all while taking his graduate classes, Shangri-La restaurant owner Song had become used to juggling tasks. A native of southeast China, Song originally chose West Virginia because the mountains reminded him of home, and opted to study the Computer Science program at INTO Marshall University because of the quality of both the education and the support at the center. After successfully completing his INTO studies, Song went on to achieve a… Read the full article
December 11,2017 was sure a busy day for former INTO Marshall University student Yangbo Song as he opened his first business – a Szechuan-style Chinese restaurant – on the same day as giving his final presentation for his Master’s degree in business administration.

But, after more than two and a half months of preparation, all while taking his graduate classes, Shangri-La restaurant owner Song had become used to juggling tasks.

A native of southeast China, Song originally chose West Virginia because the mountains reminded him of home, and opted to study the Computer Science program at INTO Marshall University because of the quality of both the education and the support at the center.

After successfully completing his INTO studies, Song went on to achieve a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in May 2016 and is now pursuing a double Master’s in Business Administration and Computer Science. “If I want to own a computer company, I will need to know lots of different people, and I figured that by opening a restaurant, I could establish business contacts and get to know the community better,” he said.

Shangri-La is the latest addition to Huntington West Virginia’s downtown food scene and competition for customers is fierce, as two Japanese steak houses, a Thai restaurant, a restaurant specializing in noodle broths, and an Indian restaurant are all close-by.

However, Song is confident that Huntington will soon develop a taste for Szechuan-style Chinese cooking, which he describes as, “fifty-to-seventy per cent hot. We use dried chili peppers, green peppers and jalapeños, but the rest of our food is sweet and sour, which is better for American tastes.”

Vowing to cook, “One hundred per cent authentic whenever possible,” Shangri-La offers dishes such as steamed chicken with chili sauce, dry-fried duck, braised pig’s feet, and even griddled bullfrogs, which Song says are only available through Chinese vendors.

For diners wanting to just familiarize themselves with exotic flavors, Song recommends the sweet and sour pork ribs, as they, “are the most suited to American tastes.”

For more about Yangbo Song’s culinary adventure, please see The Parthenon, and for reviews and information about Shangri-La restaurant, visit facebook

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INTO USF and USF host 140+ recruitment partners at USF SuperFam

During a recent SuperFam trip, over 140 recruitment partners, including educational counselors and representatives from INTO's regional offices, gained an inside look at the exceptional academic and supportive resources available to international students at the University of South Florida. The visitors were warmly-welcomed at the airport by INTO University of South Florida employees and student leaders before making their way to their accommodations. Their arrival was celebrated by a beach barbeque and a sunset group photo that evening. Over the next few days, the guests experienced a jam-packed schedule, with warm welcomes from university leadership including INTO USF Center Director Dr Jason Beckerman, Provost Dr Ralph Wilcox, and USF System President Dr Judy Genshaft. One of th… Read the full article
During a recent SuperFam trip, over 140 recruitment partners, including educational counselors and representatives from INTO's regional offices, gained an inside look at the exceptional academic and supportive resources available to international students at the University of South Florida.

The visitors were warmly-welcomed at the airport by INTO University of South Florida employees and student leaders before making their way to their accommodations. Their arrival was celebrated by a beach barbeque and a sunset group photo that evening.

Over the next few days, the guests experienced a jam-packed schedule, with warm welcomes from university leadership including INTO USF Center Director Dr Jason Beckerman, Provost Dr Ralph Wilcox, and USF System President Dr Judy Genshaft.

One of the inspirational student stories shared over the four-day event included a speech from Trang Luong from Vietnam. “This university is a mini city with everything you need to learn and grow as a student, global citizen and an engineer,” he said. “I am very thankful for the opportunities I’ve had at USF as a tutor at INTO and a research assistant in the College of Engineering. In just six years, I’ve received both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering. I am now ready to get a job as a traffic operations engineer.”

A session favorite included ‘USF Tech Talk,’ which highlighted faculty engaged in innovative and cutting-edge technologies both inside and outside of the classroom. Guests heard from McArthur Freeman, who is teaching his students how to carve objects in the digital world; Dr Ryan Carney who is digitizing dinosaur skeletons; and Dr Lori Collins who is using virtual reality to transport students to far away or inaccessible locations, such as sinkholes. The session even included a demonstration of USF's new virtual tour, which allows students and families to visit the University from the comfort of their own home. All attendees walked away with a pair of USF branded virtual reality goggles, to enable them to bring the immersive experience back to their students.

The trip was interspersed with multiple excursions around town, including dinner at the historic Columbia Restaurant, and a Tampa Bay Lightning ice hockey game. Guests also got to choose their own adventure, from a trip to animal theme park Busch Gardens to deep sea fishing in the Gulf.

But the finale, and highlight, of the trip was definitely the USF SuperFam Showcase. Guests were welcomed into the Marshall Student Center by a parade of flags, Rocky the Bull, the USF Spirit Squad and Herd of Thunder (marching band).

Following a group photo, the group was invited into the ballroom, where they had the chance to network, meet with college representatives and departments, enjoy small bites, and take in performances from the College of the Arts and multicultural student organizations.

The night concluded with some final comments from Provost Dr Ralph Wilcox: “You’ve had the opportunity to spend time with some incredibly talented students, our world-class professors and the dedicated professional employees. Please know that we want to work hand in hand with you to bring your best, brightest, most curious and engaged students to the University of South Florida. Our commitment is to provide them with a world-class education and a student experience they won’t find anywhere else.” Hi speech was followed by the Rugby World Cup Anthem sung by Alexis Setteducato, Recruiter Advisor for Central America, United Kingdom, and Western Europe.

Since welcoming its first cohort in 2010, INTO USF has helped around 7,200 international students from more than 119 countries improve their academic and English language skills. This success and outreach are in large part due to the strength of USF and INTO USF's seven-year-plus partnership and the hard work and dedication of its international recruitment partners, especially those hosted at the USF SuperFam.

To view photos from the event, click here and you can view highlights from USF SuperFam here.

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INTO Giving donations help break ‘cycle of poverty’

Ten thousand dollars (approx. £7,500) raised by INTO students, employees and friends has been donated by INTO Giving to fund the building of a primary school in rural Cambodia. From August 2018, the school will educate over 300 students from three villages in Siem Reap, one of the country’s poorest communities. Trailblazer Cambodia, the organisation behind the build, believes that, ‘one way to break the cycle of poverty is to give children the opportunity to go to school’ – a view firmly shared by INTO Giving. In Cambodia, 71 per cent of the population lives on less than $3 a day, and 90 per cent of those live in rural areas. Trailblazer works to provide a sustainable … Read the full article
Ten thousand dollars (approx. £7,500) raised by INTO students, employees and friends has been donated by INTO Giving to fund the building of a primary school in rural Cambodia.

From August 2018, the school will educate over 300 students from three villages in Siem Reap, one of the country’s poorest communities. Trailblazer Cambodia, the organisation behind the build, believes that, ‘one way to break the cycle of poverty is to give children the opportunity to go to school’ – a view firmly shared by INTO Giving.

In Cambodia, 71 per cent of the population lives on less than $3 a day, and 90 per cent of those live in rural areas. Trailblazer works to provide a sustainable way to improve health, food, security, education and economic development in Siem Reap and, since 2004, has built six schools and two libraries there.

All the teachers at the new school will be fully-trained and certified by the Cambodian Government, and the standard Cambodian national curriculum - consisting of: Khmer language and history, maths, writing/reading, plus English for the older students – will be delivered there.

In addition, because Trailblazer schools are government schools, they qualify for food support through the United Nations World Food Program, meaning that the children are given nutritious meals and are therefore ready to learn.

INTO Giving’s support for Trailblazer doesn’t end with building projects, nor with primary schools. Due to a lack of schools in the Siem Reap area, students must travel a long way to get to class, often resulting in low attendance and a high number of dropouts. To help solve this problem, INTO Giving has donated a further £2,150 (approx. US$2,750) to provide 100 bicycles to students at the Reul Commune Secondary school.

INTO Giving is a non-profit organisation that supports educational projects for less fortunate children across the globe. Read about INTO Giving’s range of projects here.

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