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Education and inspiration - Illinois State University FAM trip ticks all the boxes

In April a diverse crowd consisting of 50 educational counselors representing 27 countries attended the first Illinois State University FAM trip in Normal, Illinois to celebrate INTO's 11th partnership in the US.

In April a diverse crowd consisting of 50 educational counselors representing 27 countries attended the first Illinois State University FAM trip in Normal, Illinois to celebrate INTO's 11th partnership in the US. Over the course of three days, the group consisting of education counselors, Illinois University staff, plus representatives from INTO’s Regional Offices; Direct Entry; Business Development; and Executive teams - saw the best of the university, heard about the great education offered there, and experienced the sights of both the town of Normal and the city of Chicago. The visit was an excellent start to the new partnership between INTO and the University, said President Larry Dietz: “It was a pl… Read the full article
In April a diverse crowd consisting of 50 educational counselors representing 27 countries attended the first Illinois State University FAM trip in Normal, Illinois to celebrate INTO's 11th partnership in the US.

Over the course of three days, the group consisting of education counselors, Illinois University staff, plus representatives from INTO’s Regional Offices; Direct Entry; Business Development; and Executive teams - saw the best of the university, heard about the great education offered there, and experienced the sights of both the town of Normal and the city of Chicago.

The visit was an excellent start to the new partnership between INTO and the University, said President Larry Dietz: “It was a pleasure to personally meet and showcase the academic programs, student services, and the campus of Illinois State University and the Bloomington/Normal community to FAM Trip participants from 27 countries.

“Based on their feedback, it seems clear that they witnessed first-hand that Illinois State University lives its values of Pursuit of Learning and Scholarship, Individualized Attention, Diversity, Integrity, and Civic Engagement. We are looking forward to welcoming students from around the world to Illinois State University beginning this fall,” he added.

The trip was a potent mix of speeches and presentations, including ones about admissions, the student experience, and a selection of programs – plus receptions, and guided walks around campus.

The agents also met with students who had received some great opportunities due to their education at Illinois State University – including one who was on an internship in Utah in Information Science, and another who had a job offer in the fashion industry in New York.

Having experienced the charm and hospitality of the town of Normal, the group made its way to the bustling city of Chicago, where everyone had the chance to snap a selfie in front of the famous bean structure in Millennium Park, before making their way downtown for a boat tour, which included a glimpse of the city’s rich industrial history.

The aim is that domestic students who arrive at Illinois State university will benefit from connecting and exchanging ideas with students from around the world, as they receive a quality education in the US.

“We are particularly excited about this partnership with Illinois State University which builds on a long tradition of student-focused education. It is clear from the reception we have received here that students from around the world will be warmly welcomed, integrated and supported as they enrich the campus with their perspectives on the world,” said John Sykes, INTO Co-Founder, Deputy CEO & EVP North America.

“Everyone on the FAM trip received a fantastic welcome on arriving at Illinois State, and we were all impressed by the University’s location and facilities,” added Senior Vice President, New Partnerships, INTO North America Amy McGowan. “For me, the visit was an opportunity, following many months of negotiations, to relax and take in everything the University has to offer students and I can’t wait for the first intake to arrive in September.”

“We are thrilled to be at this stage in the partnership with INTO University Partnerships. From the beginning we have believed that a partnership with INTO will assist the University in achieving its goal to increase international enrollment and become a global campus,” added President Dietz.

View more photos from the trip on Flickr.  

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INTO London students reach innovation challenge final

A team of students on the Foundation Business, Management and Law programme at INTO London were recently among 14 (out of an initial 230) teams to reach the final of the London Metropolitan University 2018 Big Idea Challenge. The Big Idea Challenge began in November 2017, when London Metropolitan University held a business workshop at INTO London. The teams had to create and pitch an innovative business idea to peers and employees from London Metropolitan University, who then chose a winning team to proceed onto the next steps of the competition and, ultimately, the finals. The winning team’s business idea was to create a revolution in disposable tableware - ‘Tummy Yummy’. At present, plastic cutlery, plates and cup… Read the full article
A team of students on the Foundation Business, Management and Law programme at INTO London were recently among 14 (out of an initial 230) teams to reach the final of the London Metropolitan University 2018 Big Idea Challenge.

The Big Idea Challenge began in November 2017, when London Metropolitan University held a business workshop at INTO London. The teams had to create and pitch an innovative business idea to peers and employees from London Metropolitan University, who then chose a winning team to proceed onto the next steps of the competition and, ultimately, the finals.

The winning team’s business idea was to create a revolution in disposable tableware - ‘Tummy Yummy’. At present, plastic cutlery, plates and cups cause huge environmental damage. Tummy Yummy replaces these plastic items with a unique edible version made from plants and fruit – a distinctive and playful way to reduce waste and make cutlery fun!

The students reached the final stage of the competition, which consisted of filming and posting videos of their business ideas online for the general public to vote. The team behind the video that received the most votes was then to be crowned the winner of the Big Idea Challenge 2018 at a special awards ceremony.

Although the INTO London students did not win, reaching the final was doubly special, as INTO London was the only International Foundation provider in the competition.

When asked what he had enjoyed most about the competition, Jazmi from Indonesia said: “When we had some conversations with our mentor/tutor and shared our ideas, and she gave us her opinion. She is an expert on business ideas, so she made us look at business from a different view, and we were really helped by her. I want to be an entrepreneur, have my own company and want to encourage people to become entrepreneurs, too”.

Onnapha, who is from Laos, said that getting to the final, “challenged me to work harder for this project, especially to reorganise Tummy Yummy’s structures - it also changed the way how I think. Learning and gaining advice from mentors taught me that there are still some things that I need to improve, to make my idea more suitable, and able to adapt to the environment. I will never forget those lessons.”

“For the students to have reached the finals of this major event, sponsored by London Met, Microsoft, Natwest and the Prince’s Trust is a major accolade,” said INTO London World Education Centre Director David Silbergh.

“The final was ‘standing room only’ at the event in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at Barbican. All congratulations to the students for beating 200+ other teams to get there, and to the employees concerned for all of their support and encouragement.”

Overall, the competition really helped enhance our students’ confidence and presentation skills, as well as getting them to start thinking about their career goals, and how best to set up a successful business in the future.

“We are incredibly proud of how far our students got in the competition, and thank everyone at INTO for their votes and support throughout!” said Jumena Begum, Marketing Coordinator.

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Newcastle University London students sell their wares for charity

A group of students from Newcastle University London MSc International Business Management programme recently set up shop in London's Spitalfields Market to raise money for local homeless charity Providence Row. And two days of selling products they had either sourced or hand-made themselves yielded a profit of £471 - nearly three times that achieved last year. The annual event allows MSc International Business Management students to put their business knowledge to the ultimate test. This year the teams had eight eye-catching stalls selling an interesting array of products including sock flower bouquets, travel accessories made from recycled life jackets, soy candles, aprons and towel gift packs, travel… Read the full article
A group of students from Newcastle University London MSc International Business Management programme recently set up shop in London's Spitalfields Market to raise money for local homeless charity Providence Row.

And two days of selling products they had either sourced or hand-made themselves yielded a profit of £471 - nearly three times that achieved last year.

The annual event allows MSc International Business Management students to put their business knowledge to the ultimate test. This year the teams had eight eye-catching stalls selling an interesting array of products including sock flower bouquets, travel accessories made from recycled life jackets, soy candles, aprons and towel gift packs, travel notebooks, traditional Chinese handicrafts, chopsticks and a supportive back wobble cushion.

Six of the eight teams achieved a profit, with the winning team, Hiraeth, selling Travel Notebooks, making a profit of £237 - a net profit of 68 per cent on the initial £350 start-up fund. This was a great achievement, as it was the most profit made by any team to date (the winners last year made £125, and the previous year £158.)

In second and third place were teams selling traditional Chinese handicrafts who made a profit of £128, and the wobble cushion team, IBP, with a profit of £122.

“The Spitalfields Market Challenge was an excellent opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired from our lectures. Moreover, I had a good time with my teammates while raising money for charity, which made this challenge even more interesting,” said MSc International Business Management student Nicolas, who was part of the team selling recycled life jackets.

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Event helps INTO USF students to future success

Over 530 students came along to a conference-style event designed to help them develop themselves academically and professionally at INTO the University of South Florida (USF). During the first-ever Student Development Day, students could choose between 40 sessions on a variety of topics such as public speaking, Excel for beginners, crafting an academic resume and tips for the IELTS test. The 45 session presenters included current and former INTO USF students, INTO USF staff and faculty, and representatives from several departments across USF - including Career Services, Academic Success Center, Undergraduate Studies, and Students with Disabilities Services. “The Stud… Read the full article
Over 530 students came along to a conference-style event designed to help them develop themselves academically and professionally at INTO the University of South Florida (USF).

During the first-ever Student Development Day, students could choose between 40 sessions on a variety of topics such as public speaking, Excel for beginners, crafting an academic resume and tips for the IELTS test. The 45 session presenters included current and former INTO USF students, INTO USF staff and faculty, and representatives from several departments across USF - including Career Services, Academic Success Center, Undergraduate Studies, and Students with Disabilities Services.

“The Student Development Day was put together to help students learn things that they may traditionally not learn in a classroom advising or tutoring session, environment,” said INTO USF Tutoring Center Assistant Director Jordan Walters who, along with Tutoring Coordinator Donna Rock, had led the effort to organize Student Development Day.

“We had a waiting list for entrance into some of the sessions. I think the students were excited to see the topics we were offering, and the presenters were excited to reach this audience,” added Donna.

One of the most popular sessions was called Student Academic Success: Challenges and Solutions. The panel, which was facilitated by INTO USF faculty member Dr Hema Ramachandran and led by former INTO USF students Limei Zhang, Rishabh Chelawat and Alessandro Compantangelo, highlighted the challenges faced by INTO USF students and provided useful tips and resources to help overcome them.

“As an international student here, and a former Pathway student, I had some problems and challenges. I really appreciate INTO USF because they gave me so many resources and helped me succeed in the academic area,” said presenter and INTO USF Cultural Attaché Limei.

The inaugural Student Development Day exemplifies INTO USF’s ongoing effort to provide its students with valuable opportunities to enrich themselves beyond the classroom, and proved so popular that it is expected to become an annual occurrence.

To view highlights from the inaugural INTO USF Student Development Day click here.

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Cyclists and runners notch up miles - and funds - for INTO Giving

For the third year running, a determined bunch of people at INTO Centres in the US and UK cycled in tandem on static bikes to raise money for INTO Giving. And when the scores were added up, it turned out that they had cycled an impressive 3,972km – the equivalent of cycling from London to Istanbul (and a bit further!). Not only that, but they raised £2,587 or $3,493 for INTO Giving, every penny of which will be matched and go towards funding education projects across the world. Read more… That not all superheroes wear capes was proved by the incredible INTO Giving Brighton Marathon team. The fab four (two of whom work for INTO) ran their socks of… Read the full article
For the third year running, a determined bunch of people at INTO Centres in the US and UK cycled in tandem on static bikes to raise money for INTO Giving.

And when the scores were added up, it turned out that they had cycled an impressive 3,972km – the equivalent of cycling from London to Istanbul (and a bit further!). Not only that, but they raised £2,587 or $3,493 for INTO Giving, every penny of which will be matched and go towards funding education projects across the world. Read more…

That not all superheroes wear capes was proved by the incredible INTO Giving Brighton Marathon team. The fab four (two of whom work for INTO) ran their socks off for 26.2 miles, raising an awesome £4,259 for the charity in the process!

And, on top of that, INTO University Partnerships’ very own Sally Hoyle raised an amazing £261 through our iGive campaign for Cancer Research UK. Because she fundraised through iGive, we’ve added 20 per cent to make her total for CRUK, with GiftAid, £356.25! Read more…

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