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A capital success: INTO in full force at NAFSA 2019

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A capital success: INTO in full force at NAFSA 2019

On 28 May, INTO’s North American senior leadership team, together with more than 200 colleagues from university and recruitment partners around the world, congregated eight stories above Washington, DC’s iconic Pennsylvania Avenue to kick off the annual conference and exposition hosted by NAFSA, the Association of International Educators.

On 28 May, INTO’s North American senior leadership team, together with more than 200 colleagues from university and recruitment partners around the world, congregated eight stories above Washington, DC’s iconic Pennsylvania Avenue to kick off the annual conference and exposition hosted by NAFSA, the Association of International Educators. This year’s conference centered on themes of global leadership, learning, and change, and it pushed representatives to work in tandem to address the challenges of an international education environment contextualized by geopolitical tensions like the escalating trade war between the US and China. That INTO’s sixth NAFSA welcome reception, the largest yet, gave attendees an opportunity to reunite and forge new connections with others in the international education field on the roof of the Newseu… Read the full article
On 28 May, INTO’s North American senior leadership team, together with more than 200 colleagues from university and recruitment partners around the world, congregated eight stories above Washington, DC’s iconic Pennsylvania Avenue to kick off the annual conference and exposition hosted by NAFSA, the Association of International Educators.

This year’s conference centered on themes of global leadership, learning, and change, and it pushed representatives to work in tandem to address the challenges of an international education environment contextualized by geopolitical tensions like the escalating trade war between the US and China.

That INTO’s sixth NAFSA welcome reception, the largest yet, gave attendees an opportunity to reunite and forge new connections with others in the international education field on the roof of the Newseum was, then, fitting. 

Whether they were education counselors from South Asia and the Middle East, reporters from major news sources like The PIE News and The Chronicle of Higher Education, or colleagues from current and prospective university partners, guests compared notes on global student mobility trends and celebrated their work to promote international education.

“Though we as an organization constantly connect different parties around the world with each other, university faculty, recruiters, and government representatives rarely occupy same room,” said Yasmin Sefer, INTO’s Vice President for Recruitment, North America.  “When it happens, and you are exposed to unfamiliar perspectives on the state of international education, you get a new sense of the opportunities for collaboration afforded in the space.”

In addition to learning about INTO’s 12 university partners in the US directly from the executive directors of the respective centres, the event offered guests the chance to find out about INTO’s global recruitment network and market research

“[INTO is] one of the most progressive organizations I have worked with,” noted Brian Hockertz, CEO of OH!Study, the largest student recruitment center in Taiwan. “They have their thumb on the pulse of where things are going in our industry.”

Earlier in the day, conference-goers heard about pathway programs and providers in the US from Luke Sikorski, INTO’s Assistant Recruitment Director, Sponsor Projects, and representatives from the University of Colorado, Boulder and the University of Delaware.  Their panel focused on why institutions establish pathway programs, whether with a third-party provider or on their own. 

Despite popular perceptions, Luke highlighted the fact that INTO is not solely a pathway provider.  While INTO recruits into its partner universities at all levels, be it through undergraduate and graduate pathways or direct entry, it goes beyond strengthening the university’s recruitment arm to provide exceptional personal and academic support once students commence their studies. “Our model puts a huge focus on integration,” Luke said. “Students truly become part of the university’s student body, thus setting them up to succeed.”

After the session, the Kuwait Cultural Office in Los Angeles invited Luke to present on the pathway landscape to diplomats and academic advisors. 

John Sykes, INTO’s Co-founder, Deputy CEO, and Executive Vice President, North America, summed up INTO’s participation at NAFSA best: “INTO was delighted to host more than 200 friends, colleagues, and existing and future partners in DC.  This gathering of professionals, all deeply committed to the transformational impact international education has on people's lives, is more important than ever.  For us, it reinforces all that is great about what we do—bringing opportunities to students the world over and promoting shared values of openness, welcome, and the power of diversity to enrich our campuses, communities, and respective countries.”

You can view INTO’s welcome reception and research conducted in advance of NAFSA 2019 here.

 

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INTO CSU students form largest-ever presence at graduations

A grand total of 138 former INTO CSU students received degrees from Colorado State University this year – the largest-ever number to graduate from the US center. They were among 4,400 CSU students to mount the stage during some high-profile ceremonies at Moby Arena in Fort Collins in mid-May. It was a proud day for the INTO CSU Alumni – 70 of whom received a Bachelor’s degree; 62 a Master’s degree and six a PhD from all eight colleges on campus. They had travelled far, come a long way and, thanks to both INTO CSU and the university, learned an awful lot since leaving their homes in China, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Ecuador, Taiwan, Libya… Read the full article
A grand total of 138 former INTO CSU students received degrees from Colorado State University this year – the largest-ever number to graduate from the US center.

 They were among 4,400 CSU students to mount the stage during some high-profile ceremonies at Moby Arena in Fort Collins in mid-May. It was a proud day for the INTO CSU Alumni – 70 of whom received a Bachelor’s degree; 62 a Master’s degree and six a PhD from all eight colleges on campus.

They had travelled far, come a long way and, thanks to both INTO CSU and the university, learned an awful lot since leaving their homes in China, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Ecuador, Taiwan, Libya, Kuwait, Oman, Japan, Iraq and more to study engineering, business and natural sciences, among other subjects.

Family was the theme of online messages left for and by the triumphant students. Graziela, a family member of Dian who had received a Master’s degree in Mechanical and Civil Engineering said, “Congratulations and celebration! I love you!”

Ficky, who graduated with a Master’s in Engineering, paid this tribute to his father saying, “This one is for you, Dad! Nothing worth having comes easy.” After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Cristian, who comes from Ecuador, said, “I have graduated from college, for the greater glory of god and to honor my grandparents, parents, godparents, little brother, my whole family, and my best friends. Thank you to all of you who have supported me along the way, you know who you are.”

Aya, who collected her Bachelor’s degree, said, “This Indonesian sister has shed many tears and has finally graduated with a chemical engineering degree. Now it’s on to the real world! Wish me luck! Once a ram, always a ram,” she added, referring to the CSU mascot.

And, finally, a few words from INTO CSU Executive Director Fabiola Ehlers-Zavala: “May 2019 Commencement at CSU was very special for us. We had our largest graduating class with a total of 138 students. This graduating class included 6 students who earned their PhDs.  We are very proud of the work and accomplishments of our students, and we wish them the very best for their future endeavors.”

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INTO Mason celebrates five fantastic years

Last month marked five years since the start of the partnership between INTO University Partnerships and George Mason University – a collaboration that has helped change the lives and careers of the almost 2,500 students from 72 countries who have benefited from the excellent teaching and student experience at INTO Mason. At a special reception to mark the occasion, INTO Mason faculty and staff, along with former and current students, spoke to an audience consisting of representatives from both George Mason University and the local community about the center’s growing and enduring impact on the lives of young people. Since 2014, 98 percent of INTO Mason students eligible to progress continued their education at Mason and, in a recent survey, 92 percent of INTO Mason students said they were either ‘satisfied’ or ‘… Read the full article
Last month marked five years since the start of the partnership between INTO University Partnerships and George Mason University – a collaboration that has helped change the lives and careers of the almost 2,500 students from 72 countries who have benefited from the excellent teaching and student experience at INTO Mason.

At a special reception to mark the occasion, INTO Mason faculty and staff, along with former and current students, spoke to an audience consisting of representatives from both George Mason University and the local community about the center’s growing and enduring impact on the lives of young people. Since 2014, 98 percent of INTO Mason students eligible to progress continued their education at Mason and, in a recent survey, 92 percent of INTO Mason students said they were either ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with their experience.

Five former INTO Mason undergraduate and graduate students from Venezuela, Mexico, China and Nigeria shared their first-hand experience at INTO Mason and explained how their time there had helped prepare them for success at Mason and beyond. Two of those students who began in an INTO Mason Graduate Pathway program said their programs had such an impact on them, they are now pursuing PhDs at George Mason University.

Next it was time to hear from the faculty members within the Mason community on what it means to work with students in a diverse, multilingual community.

"Over the past five years, INTO Mason has transitioned from ideation to full-scale operations in support of George Mason University's and INTO University Partnership's goals to increase global access to US higher education.  Our programs are driven by faculty and staff focus on student success, and our consistently high progression and matriculation rates reflect the passion and commitment of everyone on our team,” said Karyn E. Kessler, Academic Director (Interim) INTO Mason.

The 5 Year Reception was held at the Mason Global Center, which has undergone a complete renovation from an on-campus hotel in 2014 to the vibrant, multi-use educational and residential building which is home to INTO Mason today. The building was decorated with posters highlighting INTO Mason’s academic programs, departments, HR initiatives, research completed by faculty and staff, as well as other INTO Mason achievements and collaborations.

INTO Mason Executive Director Todd S. Rose had this message for everyone: “We are excited that we can look back five years later and know that all the work everyone has put toward INTO Mason has been worth it. Each time a student from INTO Mason graduates from the university, it’s confirmation that the work we do is important.”  

The well-attended event ended with a birthday cake, everyone joining in to sing Happy Birthday to INTO Mason and looking forward to the next successful five years and beyond of the partnership.

For more about the programs and facilities at INTO Mason, including details of the Mason Global Center, please visit INTO Study.

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Broadening your mind at a global university

From experiencing a new culture to exploring new places and meeting like-minded people from all over the world - studying abroad is an incredible journey says former INTO City, University of London student Maximillian in this blog. Read the full article
From experiencing a new culture to exploring new places and meeting like-minded people from all over the world - studying abroad is an incredible journey says former INTO City, University of London student Maximillian in this blog.

 

 

 

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INTO Giving restores school in Ghana

Funds from our corporate charity have helped strengthen and improve the structure of Sankumpe Primary school, thus ensuring the education of the village children for at least 20 more years. Read the full article
Funds from our corporate charity have helped strengthen and improve the structure of Sankumpe Primary school, thus ensuring the education of the village children for at least 20 more years.
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