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Video shows how INTO Giving is helping refugees

INTO Giving provides education for refugees by funding projects like Project Hope 4 Kids in Greece. The team recently went to visit this project to meet the team and the children they support, and created a video to show why funding refugees is still so important.

INTO Giving provides education for refugees by funding projects like Project Hope 4 Kids in Greece. The team recently went to visit this project to meet the team and the children they support, and created a video to show why funding refugees is still so important. Read the full article
INTO Giving provides education for refugees by funding projects like Project Hope 4 Kids in Greece. The team recently went to visit this project to meet the team and the children they support, and created a video to show why funding refugees is still so important.
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INTO hosts largest-ever Chinese counsellor event

The recent ‘INSPIRE Your Future’-themed conference in Thailand was attended by 250 counsellors from across mainland China The event was an opportunity for INTO’s China Regional Office teams to connect with front line study abroad counsellors and train them on INTO programs, focusing on student success both while at university and in life. The conference also included teambuilding activities and a formal get together event, hosted by INTO’s own in-house Mandarin-speaking MC, Recruitment Director Jeff Bialy. Simon Iley, Vice President for Recruitment in INTO’s China Region, said: “This was the biggest and most succes… Read the full article
The recent ‘INSPIRE Your Future’-themed conference in Thailand was attended by 250 counsellors from across mainland China

The event was an opportunity for INTO’s China Regional Office teams to connect with front line study abroad counsellors and train them on INTO programs, focusing on student success both while at university and in life.

The conference also included teambuilding activities and a formal get together event, hosted by INTO’s own in-house Mandarin-speaking MC, Recruitment Director Jeff Bialy.

Simon Iley, Vice President for Recruitment in INTO’s China Region, said: “This was the biggest and most successful counsellor conference we have ever run. I’m confident that the connections our team have made with counsellors here will have a positive impact on the coming Spring 2019 intake and well beyond.

“There is tremendous value in hosting our recruitment partners out of their offices and in front of our regional team in a different setting, where they have the time to come up with new recruitment ideas for the year ahead and learn more about INTO and our partner universities”.

This is the fifth event of its type that INTO has organised for mainland Chinese counsellors, past ones have taken place in Thailand, Macau and Taiwan.

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INTO City students ‘go green’ during welcome week

INTO City, University of London students were recently treated to a series of fun sustainability and awareness activities as a part of the Centre’s Welcome Week. A variety of challenges and quizzes were laid on to test students’ knowledge of sustainability, and to underline the commitment of both INTO City and City University to Fairtrade through selling its products wherever possible, and raising the profile of the scheme among students and employees. One activity that proved predictably popular was the Fairtrade chocolate tasting challenge, during which students were tasked with guessing which chocolate was the most expensive. Tarush, winner of the cho… Read the full article
INTO City, University of London students were recently treated to a series of fun sustainability and awareness activities as a part of the Centre’s Welcome Week.

A variety of challenges and quizzes were laid on to test students’ knowledge of sustainability, and to underline the commitment of both INTO City and City University to Fairtrade through selling its products wherever possible, and raising the profile of the scheme among students and employees.

One activity that proved predictably popular was the Fairtrade chocolate tasting challenge, during which students were tasked with guessing which chocolate was the most expensive.

Tarush, winner of the chocolate challenge, said: “I personally found the event great, especially getting to win chocolates after literally just eating chocolates. I met a lot of new people and made a lot of friends.”

There was also a board game called ‘Breaks and Ladders’ featuring Fairtrade signs, bananas and information about the scheme. And finally, there was a multiple-choice quiz to test the students’ knowledge of Fairtrade.

The activities formed part of the Extra Mile Sustainability Project which was introduced to the students by The International Partnerships and Development Team and INTO City, University of London employees.

Yusuf, Progression Officer at City, University of London, said: “The engagement from students at the INTO City Welcome Party was great! The fact that so many were interested in sustainability and how they can get involved in this at City was very uplifting. They enjoyed the games and liked prizes they won, and I think we have made a lasting impact on getting students to think about how sustainable they are in their lives and how they can improve this.”

City University has been accredited as a Fairtrade University since 2010 by the Fairtrade Foundation. The Fairtrade scheme helps farmers and workers in developing countries to work their way out of poverty by providing them with fairer wages, safer conditions at work and extra income that can be used to carry out improvements to benefit their whole communities. More about how City University supports Fairtrade.

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INTO alumni bring a taste of Indonesia to Newcastle

While many were keeping their heads down for dissertation during their final year, two INTO Newcastle alumni, Kezia Toto and Monica Said, were working around the clock looking at how to start a business. Both Monica and Kezia are Newcastle University graduates. Monica finished her first stage of architecture studies this year, while Kezia graduated with a degree in Media & Communications and Psychology. After graduation, the two secured Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visas, which allowed them to stay in the UK, start a pop-up restaurant and bring a taste of Indonesia to Newcastle. Kezia and Monica have worked on several projects together, including one that modelled a social enterprise from wh… Read the full article
While many were keeping their heads down for dissertation during their final year, two INTO Newcastle alumni, Kezia Toto and Monica Said, were working around the clock looking at how to start a business.

Both Monica and Kezia are Newcastle University graduates. Monica finished her first stage of architecture studies this year, while Kezia graduated with a degree in Media & Communications and Psychology. After graduation, the two secured Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visas, which allowed them to stay in the UK, start a pop-up restaurant and bring a taste of Indonesia to Newcastle.

Kezia and Monica have worked on several projects together, including one that modelled a social enterprise from which they learned the principles of business and marketing. In just under nine months, they turned their £120 startup capital into £3,000 profit, which was later donated to an orphanage in Indonesia.

This project was successful enough to gain coverage in local newspapers including The Chronicle, and made them see the plausibility of launching a business after graduating as international students in the UK. So far, the young entrepreneurs have received support and endorsement from Newcastle University's Careers Service, as well as a grant from UnLtd - an organisation that provides funds for social entrepreneurs in and around the UK.

The two launched their pop up restaurant and catering service, Waroeng Indonesia, last month. “'Waroeng is an Indonesian word that means a small restaurant, where guests from every background, social class and ethnicity group can bond together over good food. We’re hoping that in the future, Waroeng Indonesia does not only function as a restaurant, but also as a space to break barriers. You know what they say, there is no better way to a heart than through a stomach, right?” they said.

In the last two months, they have done pop up in various places in Newcastle & Gateshead such as By the River Brew Co a creative container community sat alongside Quayside, as well as Kommunity NCL’s monthly Nightmarket. They have also gained many clients, including INTO Newcastle University, Vita Student, Globe International Student Café and Newcastle University Business School. The duo also offers bespoke catering services to both organisations and individuals.

When asked about her experiences so far, Kezia said: “Starting a business is hard - there have been times when I wanted to switch to something easier, but the goal for me is not just to create a sustainable and profitable business, but to enjoy the growth process, the hard work and the long hours that come with it.”

“While we didn’t have any formal education in business, we both had a lot of other experience running projects, doing internships in a startup company and placements in the Marketing field. The support we received from the Careers Service was fundamental to get the business up and running and help us grow as entrepreneurs,” added Monica.

START UP is part of Newcastle University’s careers service that supports students and recent graduates from any degree programme. Steve Bowden, an Enterprise Adviser at START UP said: “Kezia and Monica met each challenge on their entrepreneurial journey with enthusiasm and a determination to overcome any obstacles. They have accessed one-to-one coaching and advice, workshops and networking events, through START UP, to develop their knowledge and confidence of the business development process and to design the best customer experience possible based on a real understanding of who their customers are and what they want.”

“Newcastle University is one of a number of endorsing organisations for the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route. We are looking for international graduates with ambitious ideas and the personal drive, resilience and entrepreneurial flair to make them happen,” explained START UP Manager Claire Adamson.

Visit the Waroeng website to find out more about the business and how to book their service.

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