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INTO Oregon State University celebrates ‘extraordinary’ 10 years

This November, INTO’s first North American partnership marked a decade of success and growth with a special Open House event in the International Living-Learning Center and an INTO OSU 10-Year Anniversary Party in the evening, to which stakeholders from across campus and beyond were invited.

This November, INTO’s first North American partnership marked a decade of success and growth with a special Open House event in the International Living-Learning Center and an INTO OSU 10-Year Anniversary Party in the evening, to which stakeholders from across campus and beyond were invited. “It has been an extraordinary 10 years for INTO OSU as the center that was the pioneer for university-embedded Pathway provision in the US,” INTO Oregon State University Executive Director Bob Gilmour told the 200 people who attended the evening party. The guest list included OSU President, Ed Ray; OSU Provost and Executive Vice President, Ed Feser; INTO Co-Founder, Deputy CEO & Executive Vice President North America John Sykes; INTO Senior Vice President, New Partnerships North America Amy … Read the full article
This November, INTO’s first North American partnership marked a decade of success and growth with a special Open House event in the International Living-Learning Center and an INTO OSU 10-Year Anniversary Party in the evening, to which stakeholders from across campus and beyond were invited.

“It has been an extraordinary 10 years for INTO OSU as the center that was the pioneer for university-embedded Pathway provision in the US,” INTO Oregon State University Executive Director Bob Gilmour told the 200 people who attended the evening party.

The guest list included OSU President, Ed Ray; OSU Provost and Executive Vice President, Ed Feser; INTO Co-Founder, Deputy CEO & Executive Vice President North America John Sykes; INTO Senior Vice President, New Partnerships North America Amy McGowan; INTO VP Recruitment Yasmin Sefer;

The figures spoke for themselves as, revealed Bob, since entering the partnership in 2008, INTO OSU has taught over 9,000 international students; watched 80 of them go on to PhDs; facilitated 14,000 global conversations between students and the local community; and seen the economic impact of OSU’s international students on the state of Oregon rise from 11 per cent of the statewide total in 2008 to 41 per cent in 2016-17 – the largest of any Oregonian higher education institution. 

“The impact on campus, in the Corvallis community and across the state of Oregon has been huge,” added Bob. “I’m so proud of the team here and everything they have achieved over the last 10 years. Our success is all about the people in the center and the partners that we work with locally and across the globe. Thank you to everyone who has made INTO OSU such a success!”

No INTO celebration would be complete without hearing from those who matter most – the students. Alisha Saduova, an INTO OSU Pathway student in the college of engineering from Kazakhstan was the first to speak.

Alisha said that although she was homesick when she arrived at OSU, she soon made friends due to being a part of INTO OSU, and that it came to feel like a second home to her.

Next up were American student Lizzie Wienert and her roommate from Panama, Maria Cristina Alvarez. They said that sharing a room had been a transformative experience as they had learned so much about each other’s cultures and had become as close as sisters – so much so that they are still best friends to this day.

Last to speak was Guangxin Wang, a PhD student from China who, having started the Graduate Pathway program at INTO OSU back in 2010, is now studying Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University and will graduate in June 2019.

Although Guangxin had initially struggled with the academic side, the great support from the teachers and advisors on campus had helped him. He spoke of great times exploring Oregon with the friends he had made and said that during these adventures he had met his wife, an OSU student, who had given birth to their baby boy in in October 2018. He thanked everyone who had helped make his experiences at INTO OSU some of the best of his life.

University President Ed Ray and Provost Ed Feser drew the evening event to a fitting close by asking everyone to raise their glasses and make a toast to the future of INTO OSU and all students, past, present and future.

For more about INTO OSU’s 10-year story, please see:
INTO OSU 10 Years of Excellence - including 10 date points of information from the past 10 years and narrative from Bob Gilmour, Edward Feser and Edward J. Ray and many more.
INTO OSU 10 Years of Excellence: Alumni Stories - featuring three former students from Russia, China and Saudi Arabia talking about their experiences at INTO OSU.
INTO OSU 10 Years of Excellence: PhD Students – highlighting the experiences of two PhD students while attending OSU.

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Celebrating a decade of INTO GCU success

INTO Glasgow Caledonian University recently marked its 10th anniversary with a major event in the University. The gathering, which paid tribute to all those who have been part of the Centre’s extraordinary journey, was hosted by Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor James Miller and INTO Chief Executive Officer John Latham. To date, around 2,300 students from all over the world have enrolled at INTO GCU - and more than 1,400 students have progressed on to GCU degree programmes. Students currently come from over 30 countries to study at the University through INTO, and almost 100 per cent of those who successfully complete the Diploma programme progress on to three-year undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at GCU. It’s all down to the quality of the education and experience provided at the Centre, said John Latham… Read the full article
INTO Glasgow Caledonian University recently marked its 10th anniversary with a major event in the University. The gathering, which paid tribute to all those who have been part of the Centre’s extraordinary journey, was hosted by Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor James Miller and INTO Chief Executive Officer John Latham.

To date, around 2,300 students from all over the world have enrolled at INTO GCU - and more than 1,400 students have progressed on to GCU degree programmes. Students currently come from over 30 countries to study at the University through INTO, and almost 100 per cent of those who successfully complete the Diploma programme progress on to three-year undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at GCU.

It’s all down to the quality of the education and experience provided at the Centre, said John Latham: “Students are at the heart of what INTO University partnerships do. We are champions of diversity and enablers of life transformations for young people. Our partnership with GCU is crucial to our success. 

“The 2018 Asia Europe Survey (ASES) showed that 97 per cent of students were satisfied with the GCU degree programmes we teach at INTO GCU, 96 per cent were satisfied with the learning technology/library resource centre at GCU, and 99 per cent were satisfied with the University campus environment.

“The support from University staff at all levels has been invaluable in achieving these high levels of student success and student satisfaction. Our INTO GCU staff are passionate about the students who study with them and we look forward to doing this all again for our 20-year anniversary!”

Professor Miller said: “Over the past 10 years our partnership with INTO has provided an invaluable pathway for international students to study a variety of subjects across the university.

“The students have made a great contribution to our diverse community of learning. We look forward to developing the partnership to provide more opportunities for students to enhance their life opportunities at GCU,” added Professor Miller.

Students, past and present, whose lives have been changed over the last 10 years, thanks to their INTO GCU experience, were invited to join the celebrations with University and INTO staff.

One of the big success stories from INTO GCU came from Gambian-born Isatou Njai, co-founder of multi award-winning health drink innovation Baotic. She graduated with a first-class Honours degree from GCU in International Business with Risk Management in 2017 and is now a Royal Society of Enterprise (RSE) fellow and entrepreneurial resident at GCU UHatch business incubator with Drink Baotic, made from African Baobab super fruits.

Isatou shared her amazing journey with INTO GCU with the audience at the 10th Anniversary celebrations.

She said: “Moving from The Gambia to study was quite daunting but INTO played a huge role in helping make this process simple, and the supportive and fun network made it easier to settle. “Although English is my mother tongue, support with academic English language had a big impact on my journey. It gave me an incredible first year that helped build my confidence to go on and transition into Glasgow Caledonian University, where I graduated with a first-class degree.

“I will always be thankful and can’t recommend INTO highly enough. Thank you for the incredible work you are doing. Happy 10th Year Anniversary!”

"I’m obviously delighted that so many students, past and present joined us to mark the event so it’s probably most fitting I leave the final word to one of them, Rayana Nehme, who said to everyone there, ‘If I had a time machine to go back… and stop time, and start again, I would stop at INTO GCU and do it all over again..’ I can’t think of a better way to sum up what we do here at INTO GCU,” added Centre Director Ian Butchart.

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Students star in INTO Manchester’s 10-year success story

The Great John Street Hotel in central Manchester was the setting of a major celebration recently. September marked ten years since INTO Manchester opened its doors to its first cohort of international students. More than 100 people – including INTO Manchester teaching and support staff, and representatives from INTO’s head office, NCUK, The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University - gathered to honour everyone whose dedication, hard work and ambition have contributed to Centre’s decade of growth and achievement.  When the Centre opened in 2008 it had around 650 students and a staff of 90 people. Last year nearly 1,000 students came to INTO Manchester and there is now a staff of n… Read the full article
The Great John Street Hotel in central Manchester was the setting of a major celebration recently. September marked ten years since INTO Manchester opened its doors to its first cohort of international students.

More than 100 people – including INTO Manchester teaching and support staff, and representatives from INTO’s head office, NCUK, The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University - gathered to honour everyone whose dedication, hard work and ambition have contributed to Centre’s decade of growth and achievement. 

When the Centre opened in 2008 it had around 650 students and a staff of 90 people. Last year nearly 1,000 students came to INTO Manchester and there is now a staff of nearly 140 people.

Fola, who is from Nigeria, studied the Foundation in Science and Engineering and recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester was featured on a special 10 Year Video. “This whole culture shock of being in an entirely new environment. But I had the necessary support that let me progress. It’s been a wonderful experience,” he said.

“It’s been absolutely amazing to see so many students come and study with us, progress to their university of choice, succeed there, and go on to do amazing things in their professional careers,” said Centre Director Dawn Abbott.

The stars of the evening were, undoubtedly, past students (pictured above) who spoke about INTO Manchester’s impact on their lives and careers. Among them was were Tisya, a student from Indonesia who is currently studying at The University of Manchester  and took the Humanities and Social Sciences Foundation; Iaroslav, who studied Science and Engineering Foundation and graduated this year with MChem Chemistry with Industrial Experience from Manchester Metropolitan University ; Nicholas, who studied Law at The University of Manchester  and now owns and operates three Manchester based businesses including Dazzling Café and two branches of the bubble tea shop Chatime in Manchester.

“I am immensely proud of INTO Manchester's 10 years of success and would like to thank all my colleagues in the Centre and elsewhere in INTO for their dedication and for putting the students first at all times,” added Dawn.

“I'd also like to thank our partners, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and NCUK for their support and part in our success. Together we have enabled over 5,000 students to progress to Higher Education, which is an amazing achievement,” she said.

For more about INTO Manchester, including student stories, please see this video.

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A hard act to follow – NILE course wins best resource award

A drama-based course from INTO’s own teacher training provider NILE has won the prestigious English Speaking Union (ESU) Language Award for 'Best Resource for Teachers' 2018. The three-week NILE Online course Power-Up: Drama Games in Language Teaching, which is written and taught by David Farmer of Drama Resource, was chosen for being innovative and for exemplifying best practice in English language teaching. "It was incredibly gratifying to receive this recognition for the course and for drama teaching. We’ve only been running the course for a few months, and I think we’ve just begun to scratch the surface of what can be achieved,” said David. “I hope that the award… Read the full article
A drama-based course from INTO’s own teacher training provider NILE has won the prestigious English Speaking Union (ESU) Language Award for 'Best Resource for Teachers' 2018.

The three-week NILE Online course Power-Up: Drama Games in Language Teaching, which is written and taught by David Farmer of Drama Resource, was chosen for being innovative and for exemplifying best practice in English language teaching.

"It was incredibly gratifying to receive this recognition for the course and for drama teaching. We’ve only been running the course for a few months, and I think we’ve just begun to scratch the surface of what can be achieved,” said David.

“I hope that the award will bring Power-Up: Drama Games in Language Teaching and our teaching methods to the attention of more teachers across the world so that I can continue to share the ideas online, as well as in live situations."

NILE’s Online Academic Manager Johanna Stirling, added: “David has done a fantastic job of sharing his expertise through our online platform. He really explored how he could use our interactive digital tools to help teachers learn about and share new drama experiences in the language classroom.”

“I’m absolutely thrilled to receive this prestigious recognition for this NILE Online course. Not only for the course that David has worked so hard on, but for the approach and platform that lie behind the Power-Up model,” said NILE Director Thom Kiddle.

David has used drama as a teaching method throughout his career(s) as a primary school teacher, actor, director and writer. He ran a theatre-in-education company for 24 years, touring plays and workshops to schools, theatres and festivals, and now has his own company, Drama Resource.

David has found drama to be a very effective method for teaching English and, after many years of sharing this approach with teachers and students, NILE asked him if he could develop an online course. “No”, he said “because drama is all about live interaction!”

However, after trying out a couple of webinars, he began to see a way forward – and the rest is history. “I discovered that an online course doesn’t have to be a static thing. It changes according to the input of participants and the interaction between them.

“As well as video editing I also had to learn how to create a course on NILE's platform. But I enjoy the challenge and opportunity that new technology offers."

With participants’ permission, he started videoing all his workshops and after a year had enough material. "Then I started the mammoth process of collating and editing the footage.”

“I think the videos he made are a huge plus - getting to see a drama game being played, with a spoken commentary is very different to just reading about it. It gives teachers much more confidence to try the games out. And feedback so far tells us that they are certainly doing that,” added Johanna.

David said: "We get teachers from across the world with widely varying levels of experience on our courses, united by their interest in using drama in the language-learning classroom. They can come together online to discuss their teaching situations and their needs with each other, to share resources and ideas. As part of the course they create lesson plans on any theme they are interested in and as a result we are generating a bank of really varied lesson plans".

The Power-Up series of online courses are collaborations between ELT experts with the aim of "powering-up" a new set of teaching skills in a short space of time. The next Power-Up: Drama Games in Language Teaching is scheduled for January 2019.

Since it first opened in 1995 NILE, a part of the INTO group, has grown to become one of the biggest providers of professional development courses for EL teachers, trainers and other education professionals in Europe. The number and range of these courses continues to grow. For more information, please visit their website. INTO employees receive a discount on most of NILE’s courses.

Photo: David Farmer and Johanna Stirling. Photo credit: ©Gigi Gianella, ESU 2018

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Art of the city fuels INTO London students’ imaginations

During their first month in London, INTO London Foundation Art and Design students saw for themselves that the UK capital is the place to be when it comes to finding inspiration. Teachers organised trips to the Tate Modern and The Design Museum to show their class that art goes beyond the classroom and out into society – and that studying in the heart of London has lots of advantages, as you are in the midst of hundreds of galleries and museums. Art and Design teacher Phil Smith, said: “A trip to one of London’s most iconic galleries was a great way to introduce the rich visual culture of the city, and a reminder that most of it is free to look at. It’s important that th… Read the full article
During their first month in London, INTO London Foundation Art and Design students saw for themselves that the UK capital is the place to be when it comes to finding inspiration.

Teachers organised trips to the Tate Modern and The Design Museum to show their class that art goes beyond the classroom and out into society – and that studying in the heart of London has lots of advantages, as you are in the midst of hundreds of galleries and museums.

Art and Design teacher Phil Smith, said: “A trip to one of London’s most iconic galleries was a great way to introduce the rich visual culture of the city, and a reminder that most of it is free to look at. It’s important that the students see the city as a resource, and making regular visits to galleries and museums is a vital and exciting part of their studies.”

During a visit to international modern and contemporary art gallery Tate Modern, the group experienced live art and performance/film art in ‘The Tanks’ gallery space and saw how artists have responded to the impact of mass media in the ‘Media Networks’ Exhibition. They also investigated the processes used to make artwork, looked at how our responses are integral to different pieces; and explored artworks that respond to social and political contexts. 

In addition, the students explored creative freedom at The Design Museum, a space that champions design and its impact on the world, and introduces the incredible people behind it. The students also took advantage of free displays, such as the ‘Material Innovation’ and the ‘Designer, Maker, User.’

In particular, Art and Design teacher Phil organised for students to visit the Beazley Designs of the Year 2018 - an exhibition hosting 87 of the most innovative designs of the past 12 months, including a factory line that produces 3D prints in algae, and an operating theatre that fits into a backpack.

“With so many outstanding galleries and museums in London, it’s a fantastic resource and students really benefit from exploring these as part of their studies,” said Deputy Centre Director Robin Peel.

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