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Students show how they ‘liked’ orientation

Another intake of international students just arrived at centers, which brings another round of orientation activities. How do you know? Just check their social media profiles.

Another intake of international students just arrived at centers, which brings another round of orientation activities. How do you know? Just check their social media profiles. When students arrive in an unfamiliar country and culture, they need reinforcement that they are in the right place. Orientation provides helpful seminars – like living in the dorms, where to find classes, and on-campus resources – to help students feel comfortable on campus. This year, centers experienced a 17.7 per cent increase in student applications, a 23.5 per cent  growth in offers and 14 per cent rise in confirmations compared to 2015. Graduate Pathway programs yielded the highest applic… Read the full article
Another intake of international students just arrived at centers, which brings another round of orientation activities. How do you know? Just check their social media profiles.

When students arrive in an unfamiliar country and culture, they need reinforcement that they are in the right place. Orientation provides helpful seminars – like living in the dorms, where to find classes, and on-campus resources – to help students feel comfortable on campus.

This year, centers experienced a 17.7 per cent increase in student applications, a 23.5 per cent  growth in offers and 14 per cent rise in confirmations compared to 2015. Graduate Pathway programs yielded the highest application and confirmation rates followed by English language and undergraduate Pathways. The addition of Saint Louis University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham made a great impact on these numbers by contributing to a 10% increase of new student enrollment (NSE).

A majority of the confirmations originated from students all over Asia, led by 929 students coming from China, 462 from South Asia, 212 from North Asia and 79 from Indochina.

With more students and centers than last year, connecting with students during orientation via social media instantly instills a sense of camaraderie.

“It has been a global effort to increase the student growth at each center,” says Yasmin Sefer, senior director of recruitment. “Orientation helps students feel more at home on campus. Connecting on social media can also bring them closer.”

Centers have to figure out how to reach students from around the world. In the age of social media, our savvy US centers have found successful strategies that incentivize students to participate online. While they may come from different cultures with varying levels of English fluency, social media helps bridge the language gaps among students.

At INTO University of South Florida, students celebrated orientation with an Instagram photo contest. Students used the hashtag #intousforientation to enter the competition. Clad in a summery watermelon-themed outfit, Vanessa Tang from Taiwan posed with her skateboard in front of the student center. Other students were lucky enough to get a selfie with USF president Judy Genshaft.

Haris Nadeem, an Engineering Pathway student from Pakistan, made his own T-shirt for the occasion. His custom-made white V-neck featured a caricature of himself with flaming black Cadillac-like cars shooting out of his biceps. Below a dumbbell hovered above the text “Haris Nadeem’s INTO USF” with the orientation date etched across a gold scroll.

After last year’s success, INTO George Mason University renewed its tradition of the WhatsApp scavenger hunt. New students got acquainted with campus by taking photos with facilities, food halls and landmarks. They modeled in front of Fenwick Library, with staple snacks of Cup of Noodles and frozen White Castle cheeseburgers at on-campus eateries.

The INTO Mason staff also used Facebook Live to broadcast welcoming new students from Japan. Asra Ahmad, an international student orientation leader at INTO Mason, served as an anchor for the coverage. She introduced viewers to the orientation staff students will encounter once they land in Washington, DC, and interviewed current students in Pathways to share what they love about INTO Mason.

INTO Marshall University kept its students up to date with Facebook posts throughout orientation week. With helpful tips like where and when to get a student ID card, schedule for shuttles to the grocery store and INTO center hours for general inquiries, students have easy access to an online college survival guide.

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Architecture at INTO Newcastle builds skills for success

The three architecture programmes available at INTO Newcastle University have this year yielded excellent results which, in turn, have enabled students to take up places at a range of prestigious study destinations. INTO Newcastle’s architecture programmes are delivered by a team of architects, engineers and academic experts who always go the extra mile for their students. As a result, the centre’s International Year One in Architecture and Graduate Diploma in Architecture programmes both had a 100 per cent pass rate, with 73 per cent and 93 per cent of students respectively going on to further study at Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. The quality of INTO Newcastle’s In… Read the full article
The three architecture programmes available at INTO Newcastle University have this year yielded excellent results which, in turn, have enabled students to take up places at a range of prestigious study destinations.

INTO Newcastle’s architecture programmes are delivered by a team of architects, engineers and academic experts who always go the extra mile for their students. As a result, the centre’s International Year One in Architecture and Graduate Diploma in Architecture programmes both had a 100 per cent pass rate, with 73 per cent and 93 per cent of students respectively going on to further study at Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

The quality of INTO Newcastle’s International Foundation in Architecture programme, meanwhile, was illustrated by the graduation from Newcastle University this summer of 30 former students. Alan Chong, for instance, received a first class degree and was nominated for the RIBA bronze medal.

Another first class degree recipient, Sun Yen Yee, had this to say about his experiences at INTO Newcastle:  “The Foundation programme prepared us extremely well. The skills and understanding of architecture it provided gave us a clear advantage over students who hadn’t taken such a course. It also helped us to appreciate the various different cultural backgrounds, to cope with the academic culture in UK and overall provided a smooth transition to further study.

“The first tutorials on the Foundation programme were a key experience. To perceive criticism as a positive element, to receive constructive and coherent feedback and personal guidance on ways to develop and improve ideas, practically and theoretically, the supportive and open studio culture - all these aspects were crucial, in particular at the beginning of my studies.” 

Alex Chan, who also passed the 2012/13 Foundation programme at INTO Newcastle, went on to the University of Edinburgh, where he passed his first year with excellent results. He continued his studies at the Architectural Association in London from where he graduated and received a placement for his Part 2. Alex said that the Foundation programme had provided him with a strong basic knowledge and had given him the confidence to pursue his studies in demanding locations.

The second cohort of students on the International Year One in Architecture programme are also performing well – one, Charlotte Chan (pictured) from Hong Kong, has recently received a place at the Architectural Association based on the quality of her portfolio.

Other study destinations taken up by former INTO Newcastle students include the University of Sheffield, Cardiff University and University College London – all of which are proof of both the quality and effectiveness of the three programmes available at the centre. 

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Students share experiences and expectations at Singapore event

Former, current and future INTO City, University of London and City, University of London students recently gathered for an evening of pre-departure and informal networking. It was also a chance for everyone to catch up with one another during the busy summer vacation period. During the event, which was organised by City, University London Singapore Society and took place at an Italian restaurant in the trendy Clarke Quay on the banks of the Singapore River, former friends and classmates were able to reminisce about their time at both the INTO centre and City, University of London, and to offer advice to current offer holders and applicants who are about to begin their exciting study-abroad journey. The evening was also an ideal opportunity for INTO colleagues to che… Read the full article
Former, current and future INTO City, University of London and City, University of London students recently gathered for an evening of pre-departure and informal networking. It was also a chance for everyone to catch up with one another during the busy summer vacation period.

During the event, which was organised by City, University London Singapore Society and took place at an Italian restaurant in the trendy Clarke Quay on the banks of the Singapore River, former friends and classmates were able to reminisce about their time at both the INTO centre and City, University of London, and to offer advice to current offer holders and applicants who are about to begin their exciting study-abroad journey.

The evening was also an ideal opportunity for INTO colleagues to check in with some of the students they had met and counselled, and for education counsellors to hear about the experiences, successes and achievements of students they had advised.

After the event, June Chai, assistant regional director South East Asia, said: “I am truly amazed by these young talents and we are witnessing the making of the future movers and shakers of our industry! I am so proud that they are part of our INTO City alumni!”

“Students are well prepared for their future in the banking and finance industry! Thank you INTO City, University of London for shaping these students into who they are today!” added Sharzia Sultan, consultant at AS EduCentre.

Felisia Ryanputri, City, University London Singapore Society communications officer and Arron See, current president of the Society used the evening to let those who plan to join the University know about the support, events and feeling of community offered by the society. 

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Generosity, golf and Ghana – players get in the swing at INTO UEA tournament

INTO Giving director Chris Walker presents a spectator’s view of last week’s major fundraiser which has become something of a late summer tradition. As always, the golfers put their putting skills into play and their hands in their pockets, enjoying themselves and donating money (this year more than ever!) for causes like the Wulugu Project in Ghana. “The early morning blanket of cloud broke slowly under the rising sun. By the 11.15 tee time – after the bacon sandwiches and the coffee, and the private bets, boasts and dares had been declared – the sun dominated in the Norfolk sky, and shone winningly, like summer needn’t end, on the green hillocks and swales of Barnham Broom Golf Course. It was the first of September and the seventh annual INTO UEA golf tournament, in support of INTO Giving. Twenty-one teams – both men and women: some from t… Read the full article
INTO Giving director Chris Walker presents a spectator’s view of last week’s major fundraiser which has become something of a late summer tradition. As always, the golfers put their putting skills into play and their hands in their pockets, enjoying themselves and donating money (this year more than ever!) for causes like the Wulugu Project in Ghana.

“The early morning blanket of cloud broke slowly under the rising sun. By the 11.15 tee time – after the bacon sandwiches and the coffee, and the private bets, boasts and dares had been declared – the sun dominated in the Norfolk sky, and shone winningly, like summer needn’t end, on the green hillocks and swales of Barnham Broom Golf Course.

It was the first of September and the seventh annual INTO UEA golf tournament, in support of INTO Giving. Twenty-one teams – both men and women: some from the university and the INTO centre itself, others friends and suppliers from local towns and villages, and others yet who had travelled from further-flung INTO locations and elsewhere to be there – dispersed around the course in time for the shotgun start.

Across the 18 holes, a host of side competitions and conditions kept play lively. Nearest the pin contests. Best two Stableford scores from every hole. Bunker shots drew penalty fines. Miss the green on the seventh hole, and it costs you £1. And, back at the nineteenth hole, for £3 a go, a nine hole crazy putting competition. All accompanied by the distant sound of an electric buggy whizzing around offering chocolate bars and iced drinks.

With the sun still above the treeline in the western sky, Paul Carter, INTO UEA facilities manager and INTO UEA golf tournament impresario, broke the following news to everyone as they returned for after-play drinks: If the golf event – including raffle and auction – raised more than £5,000, INTO Giving’s Chairman would personally pitch in an additional £1,000.

Two years ago the event yielded £3,200. Last summer it brought in £4,000. This time around everyone was eager to pick the chairman’s pocket. The 2016 INTO UEA Golf Tournament resulted in a whopping £5,885 ($7,890 US dollars), scooping the £1,000 bonus.”

INTO Giving in Ghana

Ghana is a far cry from the Norfolk putting greens. But it’s in rural Ghana where you’ll find the Wulugu Project, nominated by INTO UEA’s Paul Carter, centre director Debbie Price and centre director PA Vanessa Girling, to be one of the new INTO Giving projects.

INTO Giving is helping Wulugu to support girls’ education by refurbishing the six-room female teachers’ quarters, so that they have somewhere safe and secure in which to live. This is essential work, as otherwise the teachers wouldn’t feel safe or even appreciated and, quite simply, wouldn’t stay. Which would mean that, in turn, girls wouldn’t have teachers and would leave school.

Lynne Symonds, who has run the Wulugu project since 1993, puts it best: “Educating girls and women is the most important thing for development. That’s proven everywhere. Medicine is important, but first comes education. Through education, you get better medicine, food, water, baby health, your own health and employment. Education is the best thing you can do.”

If you (or you and your family, your colleagues or students) would like to support girls’ education, please click here for INTO Giving’s new how-to kit. It’s chockful of simple fundraising ideas for everyone.

And, finally, although the tournament was so much more about taking part than winning, the following golfers deserve a mention for their star efforts on the day:

  • Overall Winners – BAE Systems (Keith Edmond, Dave Caffyn, Eddie Bowie, Dave Coucill)
  • Ladies Team Winners – Barn Owl Birdies (Monica Dorrington, Monica Comer, Barbara Warren, Celia Pearson)
  • Overall Second Place – Eastern Cash Registers (Vernon Keeley, Phil Austin, Wayne Keeley, Vincent Keeley)
  • Overall Third Place – INTO UEA 2 (Peter Thompson, Simon Hobden, Glenn Smith)
  • Most Improved Team From Last Year – Dude Where’s my PAR? (Mohamed El Ghachi, Steve Beadle, Dean Lingwood, Rupert Thomas)
  • Nearest The Pin Winners: JP Day, Debbie Rabbidge, Keith Edmond (x2), Vincent Keeley and Will Musgrave
  • Putting Competition Winner: Harrison Bailey
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