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INTO delivers record-breaking student success and satisfaction

The latest set of satisfaction and progression survey data shows how much the commitment and passion of INTO employees across our centres in the UK and US is benefiting all of our students.

The latest set of satisfaction and progression survey data shows how much the commitment and passion of INTO employees across our centres in the UK and US is benefiting all of our students. Progress in all areas has been significant. Overall INTO student satisfaction results of 90 and 91 per cent were achieved in the UK and US respectively - representing a leap of 4 per cent in the UK and 10 per cent in the US compared to last year and the best global satisfaction results in company history. Ninety-two per cent of students at our US centres were satisfied with their Learning (up 7 per cent on last year); 95 per cent were happy with the Support they had received (up 4 per cent on la… Read the full article
The latest set of satisfaction and progression survey data shows how much the commitment and passion of INTO employees across our centres in the UK and US is benefiting all of our students.

Progress in all areas has been significant. Overall INTO student satisfaction results of 90 and 91 per cent were achieved in the UK and US respectively - representing a leap of 4 per cent in the UK and 10 per cent in the US compared to last year and the best global satisfaction results in company history.

Ninety-two per cent of students at our US centres were satisfied with their Learning (up 7 per cent on last year); 95 per cent were happy with the Support they had received (up 4 per cent on last year); and 84 per cent, or the same number of students as last year, were happy with their Living environment.

“I am absolutely delighted with these, our best-ever student progression and satisfaction results, and would like to thank everyone, no matter where they are based or how they are involved,” said Amy McGowan, Senior Vice President, New Partnerships North America. “It has been amazing to see the positivity and success being enjoyed by our students.”

In the UK, meanwhile, Learning Satisfaction was up by 2 per cent (to 88 per cent) on last year; Support Satisfaction increased by 1 per cent (to 93 per cent); while Living Satisfaction remained high at 89 per cent.

“I am extremely happy to report that our five-year target of 90 per cent for overall student satisfaction has been reached well ahead of plan,” said Bridget White, SVP, UK Operations and Partnerships.

“This is down to the complete dedication and hard work of everyone at our centres. Their philosophy that each and every student counts and that no request is too small has certainly paid off and, in return, I would like to thank each and every one of our centre staff.”

On the student success front, too, there was very good news. This year, more students who had successfully completed their programmes than ever were eligible to move on to study at our UK partner universities – up 1 per cent to 82 per cent and, of those, 84 per cent (2 per cent more than last year) went on to do so.

The picture in the US was equally bright. As last year, 87 per cent of the students who passed their programmes were eligible to move on to the University and, of those, 3 per cent more (or 96 per cent) carried on to do so. This equates to over 300 more (or 20 per cent) more students progressing to US partner universities than in 2015/16 – previously our best-ever year.

“It’s definitely good to shout about these improvements!” said Group Chief Operating Officer Anmar Kawash. “Student satisfaction and student success are among INTO’s top five priorities, so we are all very happy! I want to be sure that all of our employees are aware of these great results, so that they can feel proud of the part they have played in them.”

What our students are saying:

“Every teacher is very friendly and patient, which makes me feel confident in the process of learning,” Academic English student at INTO the University of South Florida.

“It was a great experience as a student at INTO Mason. In the whole period of almost 4 months I learned a lot and worked on my areas of improvement,” Graduate Pathway student at INTO George Mason University.

“I am really enjoying my experience here so far, all of the staffs and students are very supportive,” International Year One student at Newcastle University London.

“It is overall very good and effectively helped to develop my specific skills in both subjects and in English language,” Foundation student at INTO The University of Exeter.

“The lecturers are communicative, and they often encourage us to be exemplary students,” Graduate Pathways student at INTO City, University of London.

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INTO Mason honors university graduates

INTO George Mason University hosted a special Graduation Celebration in May to recognize former INTO Mason students receiving their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University. Of the more than 9,000 students who graduated from George Mason University during the 51st annual Commencement ceremony on May 18, more than 80 were former INTO Mason students who had successfully completed the Academic English, Undergraduate or Graduate Pathway programs. Graduates, friends, family, INTO Mason faculty and employees gathered at the Mason Global Center to celebrate their accomplishments. Students not only received a certificate of achievement and a medal from INTO Mason’s Academic… Read the full article
INTO George Mason University hosted a special Graduation Celebration in May to recognize former INTO Mason students receiving their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University.

Of the more than 9,000 students who graduated from George Mason University during the 51st annual Commencement ceremony on May 18, more than 80 were former INTO Mason students who had successfully completed the Academic English, Undergraduate or Graduate Pathway programs.

Graduates, friends, family, INTO Mason faculty and employees gathered at the Mason Global Center to celebrate their accomplishments. Students not only received a certificate of achievement and a medal from INTO Mason’s Academic Director during the ceremony, but had their pictures snapped in a photo booth, wrote letters of advice to future students and raised their glasses in a toast.

The 2018 Mason graduates came from 80 countries and 46 states and included members of INTO Mason’s first intake (in Fall 2014), such as Suood Almansoori from the United Arab Emirates, who had graduated from the University with a Bachelor’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

“As an international student, INTO Mason is going to prepare you for the future- how to be a good person in the future, how to be successful in your academic life,” Almansoori said. “That’s what I learned back in 2014 and I’m truly proud now. I was so proud to be one of the INTO Mason students. In the future, I might be one of the people who work in INTO Mason as a faculty member. Who knows?”

Students were excited to reunite with their fellow INTO Mason classmates and share memories, as well as discuss plans for the future.

Graduate student Niranjan Anil Chaudhary attended the celebration with his family who were visiting from India. Chaudhary received his Master’s of Science in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering and will be working on civil engineering projects for Technopref Industries in the Washington, DC area. He attributes his success at Mason to the skills and experiences he had during his time as a Graduate Pathway student at INTO Mason.

“INTO Mason academic advisors made [my journey] very good for me,” said Chaudhary. “The professors here were very friendly. I made some friends from different countries and different religions. Overall, it was the best experience of my life so far.”

You can watch a video from the Graduation Celebration event here and see a photo album here.

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INTO City poster displays impress visitors

INTO City, University of London Graduate Diploma students shared poster displays of their recent research projects with senior employees from INTO University Partnerships and City, University of London. The visitors, who were attending a Joint Venture Board meeting at the Centre on 20th June - took some time out to go along to the poster presentation event, where they met with INTO City Graduate Diploma students and spoke to them about their work. Afterwards, Bridget White, INTO’s Senior Vice President, UK Operations and Partnerships, said: “The posters and students I saw were very impressive – it was so great to see the work that the students are doing at INTO City.” “I spoke with a group of i… Read the full article
INTO City, University of London Graduate Diploma students shared poster displays of their recent research projects with senior employees from INTO University Partnerships and City, University of London.

The visitors, who were attending a Joint Venture Board meeting at the Centre on 20th June - took some time out to go along to the poster presentation event, where they met with INTO City Graduate Diploma students and spoke to them about their work.

Afterwards, Bridget White, INTO’s Senior Vice President, UK Operations and Partnerships, said: “The posters and students I saw were very impressive – it was so great to see the work that the students are doing at INTO City.”

“I spoke with a group of interested and engaged students who had clearly developed their abilities to undertake a successful piece of research,” commented Professor Stanton Newman, Vice President, International at City University.

The poster presentations are a way for students to demonstrate how far they have progressed in their studies, and form part of the assessment for the Graduate Diploma programme. The afternoon event was an opportunity for students and employees to network, and appreciate the variety of student-led research taking place in the Centre.

Filiz Veysi, who teaches on the Graduate Diploma said: “I was so proud to see how much my students had developed during the course and I was pleased that they were able to produce such high quality work to show to our visitors.”

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Oregon State University celebrates anniversaries and graduations

This summer there is even more than the graduation of hundreds of students to celebrate at INTO partner, Oregon State University. This year also sees the achievement of two major milestones – the University has now been providing students with a high-quality education for 150 years and, for the past 10 years, has been working closely alongside INTO to teach and support international students over 800 of whom graduated this June. Today, OSU is an international public research university that draws people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. It has come a long way since October 1868, when its first intake consiste… Read the full article
This summer there is even more than the graduation of hundreds of students to celebrate at INTO partner, Oregon State University.

This year also sees the achievement of two major milestones – the University has now been providing students with a high-quality education for 150 years and, for the past 10 years, has been working closely alongside INTO to teach and support international students over 800 of whom graduated this June.

Today, OSU is an international public research university that draws people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. It has come a long way since October 1868, when its first intake consisted of just three students. Now, in 2018, a total of over 31,800 have graduated from OSU!

In mid-June, 2018 Oregon State University has invited back 1976 graduate Alum Harley Jessup - better known for his creation of Oscar winning films like ‘Innerspace’ and the Pixar film ‘Coco’ – to serve as the commencement speaker.

You can learn more about Harley Jessup’s story at OSU here, and the celebration of the university’s 150 years here.

Claude Maimon- Israel, said: “My favorite part about being a student here at OSU was being a part of this community. Everyone here is just so nice, it was so easy to always find friends and class rooms to study with or just to start talking with people. It’s a really special community.”

Albatool Al Fnais- Saudi Arabia, said: “I’m so excited I’m graduating. It’s been so nice, and I plan to hang out a little in the states and then I will figure out what I want to do.”

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Alice is ‘wonderful’ experience at INTO Newcastle

It’s Friday, it’s 6pm, exams are mostly over and most students are thinking about kicking back and doing nothing, or going out to celebrate. Not so some INTO Newcastle University students and friends, who launched straight into intensive rehearsals for Alice. Everyone involved received the script on the Friday evening, and performed the full show on Sunday afternoon. Quite an experience! Alice is a new play written and directed by INTO Newcastle maths tutor Yvonne Wancke, and is based on the classic children’s book Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. INTO students were joined by alumni and friends for the production. Jonathan Tse S… Read the full article
It’s Friday, it’s 6pm, exams are mostly over and most students are thinking about kicking back and doing nothing, or going out to celebrate.

Not so some INTO Newcastle University students and friends, who launched straight into intensive rehearsals for Alice. Everyone involved received the script on the Friday evening, and performed the full show on Sunday afternoon. Quite an experience!

Alice is a new play written and directed by INTO Newcastle maths tutor Yvonne Wancke, and is based on the classic children’s book Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. INTO students were joined by alumni and friends for the production. Jonathan Tse Sik Sun, a student from Mauritius who has just completed his degree in Accounting and Finance at Newcastle University, is one of the group’s longest-standing members.

“I have been involved in mostly all of the shows, directed by our lovely Yvonne, since 2014. Alice was my last one and it made me feel really nostalgic,” said Jonathan, who played the notorious Knave of Hearts. “The shows have helped me fight anxiety and stage fright, and have really given me confidence. I have also made many friends and connections. In Alice, we worked together as a team and we were like a family.”

Maggie Liu, a student from China, who is currently studying on the Foundation Biological and Biomedical Sciences programme, and who played the singer and the Ace of Hearts, said: “It surprised me how much progress we made in just three days! I’m shy and find it hard to express my feelings, but I learned such a lot. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

The play started when some of the actors moved among the audience to become Alice and her sister in the garden. Along came the White Rabbit and the audience followed him and Alice down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland. What followed was a joyous and fun version of the story, all done in 40 minutes!

Rebecca Jones, EAP tutor at INTO Newcastle, said: “Another great performance from the student and staff team. The show was funny, lively, and even involved some audience participation! Cleverly put together, well-written, acted and choreographed. I really enjoyed it! You can clearly see that the students love doing these shows and get a lot out of them.”

And Jo Clarke, Business tutor at INTO Newcastle, commented: “The Mad Hatter, March Hare, and White Rabbit were funny and entertaining characters. Alice, herself (played by Jade Sagnay from Kazakhstan, studying Year 1 Architecture at Newcastle University, and a previous INTO Foundation student) gave a sensitive performance, whilst the Queen of Hearts was spectacular! There was some beautiful singing, and we particularly enjoyed the audience participation elements. Getting up and singing and dancing with the cast really made us feel a part of the show!”

All in all it was a great weekend. Patrick Xu, a Chinese student who is studying on the International Foundation Humanities course at INTO Newcastle, said: “Taking part in musicals was one of the most valuable parts of my experience at INTO. After coming to the UK, to a new and unfamiliar cultural environment, it was the passion of the members of the musical group that helped me to express myself and accept diverse cultures. If you are a lover of performance, dance and music, and you would like to make friends from around the world, you should definitely come, no matter what subject you are studying, as you will really enjoy it!”

“We try to include many different styles and topics so that we give the students the widest and most interesting experience possible. So far we have put on a traditional pantomime, songs from the musicals, a play about the Suffragettes, and even some Shakespeare, to name but a few,” added Yvonne. 

[Images by Carliol Photography 2018]

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INTO employees show their support for refugees.

During Refugee Week, an international campaign to raise awareness of the plight of refugees, INTO employees showed their support by taking part in the 20 Simple Acts Campaign, run by international organisations including the UN and the Red Cross. Read the full article
During Refugee Week, an international campaign to raise awareness of the plight of refugees, INTO employees showed their support by taking part in the 20 Simple Acts Campaign, run by international organisations including the UN and the Red Cross.

 

 

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