One year after the pandemic began, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) strives to answer that ultimate question as they push campus and the local community toward a new normal by administering COVID-19 vaccines to faculty and staff, including the team at INTO The University of Alabama at Birmingham (INTO UAB).
From the onset of the pandemic, UAB has served as a leading hub of COVID-19 testing and research in the United States. In March 2020, the University opened the first community coronavirus testing site in Birmingham, Alabama, which now has the capacity to process 600 tests per day. That same month, UAB launched the Urgent COVID-19 Research Fund, raising $1.1 million to support vaccine development, disease tracking systems, and novel therapeutic techniques. Additionally, UAB Medicine treated countless infected members of the community throughout 2020 and into 2021.
In December 2020, UAB received 10,725 initial doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, at which time it began vaccinating health-care workers at UAB Medicine and other Jefferson County hospitals. At the end of January, the vaccine was made available to all UAB faculty and staff, and members of the INTO UAB team were eager to register for their safe and effective COVID-19 vaccinations.
Director of Student Experience Kyle Bailey was the first team member to be vaccinated, receiving his initial shot on February 3. For Bailey, the vaccine was the latest in a long line of reasons for which he is proud to be a Blazer.
“Receiving the vaccine at UAB filled me with a strong sense of pride in my university,” Bailey said. “From day one of the pandemic, UAB has developed plans and policies and procedures with a common goal: keeping the campus community safe and healthy. UAB United, Guidesafe, Healthcheck, and sentinel testing have all worked well to accomplish this goal. The vaccine rollout was no different.”
David Hofmann, Executive Director of INTO UAB, received his first and second shots on February 17 and March 10, respectively, and he was equally proud to receive the vaccine.
“UAB, from the beginning of this pandemic, has been at the forefront of research, testing, and therapeutics, both domestically and internationally,” Hofmann said. “We are very proud of all the work those who are here on campus at UAB have done.”
A majority of the INTO UAB team will have received both doses of their COVID-19 vaccines by March 12—a quick rollout that has made them optimistic for the future. In the months ahead, they hope to see students vaccinated in addition to faculty and staff. Hofmann explained that “once the Alabama Department of Public Health gives the green light, [UAB] will start vaccinating students, and that will include international students.”
“I’m hopeful that students will be able to return to the classroom soon,” Meghan Gilliland, Learning Resource Center Coordinator at INTO UAB, added. “Students offer so much to the UAB and Birmingham communities that we’ve truly missed.”
After a year full of more questions than answers, the vaccine points to the end of our collective fight against COVID-19. There is no denying that the post-pandemic world will look fundamentally different, but there is every reason to believe that new normal will find us tougher and closer together.
As Bailey reflected, “It’s not really my hope that things would go back exactly as before; rather, I want us to take the resiliency learned from a year of relative isolation and build a stronger community.”
Globally, women stand to earn less than their male peers for doing the same jobs, are more likely to hold less secure jobs, and are less likely to be covered by social protections. Additionally, even though they work on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis as health-care workers, researchers, and community and national leaders, women have disproportionately taken on the responsibilities of childcare and homeschooling during the pandemic, deepening pre-pandemic inequalities.
To combat gender inequality and the bias, discrimination, and outdated cultural norms from which it stems, INTO Giving has supported the education of girls across the globe since its inception.
“Women who miss out on education are at higher risk of poverty, child pregnancy and child marriage, and human trafficking,” Isabel Knight, fundraising and communications officer for INTO Giving, explained. “However, when you educate a girl, you educate her community and, should she become a mother, her children too. Benefits include: Reduced risk of HIV/AIDS, increased literacy, increased political engagement, and higher incomes.”
In the last three years, INTO Giving and its donors have contributed more than £140,000/$195,000 to projects that support girls’ education, such as Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM), which provides free afterschool tutoring to 170 schoolchildren in Cipanas, West Java, Indonesia, more than half of whom are girls, and a school in the remote Malagiri region of Nepal, 60% of whose attendees are girls.
It is with projects like these in mind that the INTO Giving team has launched the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” campaign. “In a literal sense, we thought about children walking to get an education, like children at our Malagiri project who used to walk two miles to school each way,” Knight said. “Barriers like this will often mean girls stay at home rather than attend school.”
One of the ways in which INTO Giving has challenged students and colleagues to walk a mile in her shoes this month is by getting active—literally walking or running to raise awareness and funds for initiatives that support women. Knight plans to run 100km in March in order to raise funds for INTO Giving and Refuge, an organisation that supports women and children experiencing domestic violence. Through the iGive! initiative, Knight and other INTO employees and students can raise funds for humanitarian organisations like Refuge which do not count among INTO Giving projects. INTO Giving will also add 20% to the total of funds raised through iGive!
In a non-literal sense, the campaign also calls on individuals to reflect on what life would be like as a woman whose experience varies from their own, and to take the time to better understand women’s issues. To that end, Rocio Lopez, Development Director, UK, at Room to Read, will speak to INTO colleagues on 18 March about the importance of girls’ equal access to education, elaborating on how the £70,000/$104,000 INTO Giving will have contributed to Room to Read by 2022 positively impacts on the lives of girls in Sri Lanka.
By the conclusion of the campaign, Knight and the INTO Giving team hope to have empowered individuals to call out instances of gender inequality and bias as they encounter them in their day-to-day lives. “We want our supporters to conclude the month feeling more informed, ready to challenge—not accept—that inequality is inevitable,” Knight said.
To affirm your commitment, you can join INTO Giving representatives and colleagues in centres in sharing a #ChoosetoChallenge selfie and tagging @intogiving on Instagram and Twitter.
Please consider donating to INTO Giving here.
While COVID-19 and recent misguided federal policy changes are significant factors in the recent decline of international student enrollment, increased competition from other countries predates both factors and is a primary force that demands a renewed focus on internationalization from U.S. research universities, according to a new report from NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; and INTO University Partnerships.
Analyzing data from nearly a dozen publicly available sources, the three groups today released, Factors Influencing International Student Enrollment Growth and Decline: A Multi-Factor Analysis of Two Decades of Data with Implications for the Future, which details the factors influencing international student enrollment levels over a period of two decades and provides a roadmap for how U.S. universities can reverse recent declines.
Among other factors, the report found that those institutions with a significant international student population already in place were able to attract additional international students. Other prominent factors include national and international recognition for institutions and whether schools have a third-party recruitment (pathway) partnership to facilitate what is often a difficult transition for international students. The report presents lessons from the past and a glimpse of future implications for international enrollment management at U.S. institutions.
Factors influencing growth
Factors fueling decline
Implications for the future
INTO University Partnerships is delighted to announce that our application to the Office for Students (OfS) has been successful and we’re now a registered English Higher Education Provider (HEP) on the OfS Register. This registration came with no specific conditions attached.
Acknowledging dedication to enriching student lives
OfS is the regulator of higher education in England. Its Register is an authoritative reference point for students reflecting providers’ regulatory status, listing all the English Higher Education Providers that are officially registered with the OfS.
The Register has strict conditions of registration to which a provider needs to adhere in order to maintain their registration status. INTO’s registration demonstrates our commitment to supporting students through, and succeeding in, their higher education journey. It acknowledges we provide a high-quality academic experience for international students who are given the necessary skills to progress to further study and/or employment.
The following INTO Centers are included in our registration:
INTO Centers located in the devolved nations will continue to secure formal Educational Oversight through Quality Assurance Agency reviews.
For more information visit the Office for Students.
San Diego, CA
INTO University Partnerships is delighted to announce a new agreement with the University of Arizona, one of the world’s top 100 institutions. The partnership will support Arizona’s ambitious global strategy to provide world-class education opportunities to students wherever they are located. INTO in turn will leverage its extensive global recruitment network to ensure students discover the opportunity and are guided to the programs most appropriate for them.
As part of the University’s Global Campus strategy, students have the option to start their academic journey at the University’s main campus in Tucson, AZ, at one of the University’s Microcampuses in multiple global locations, or in a blended online formatwhere they can begin their academic program virtually and then complete their degree in-person on campus in Tucson, Arizona.
"The Global Campus is a long-term effort toward meeting the United Nations' sustainable development goal of providing accessible quality education to the world," University of Arizona President Robert Robbins said in a statement. "We are truly making affordable, world-class education available to global citizens around the world and, in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has never been needed more.”
This will be INTO’s latest partnership in the United States and the first which focuses exclusively on ensuring students from around the world have the opportunity to experience world-class American higher education from wherever they are in the world.
“We are delighted to partner with the University of Arizona, a university with an incredibly strong global brand, a stellar academic reputation and a deeply innovative approach to education delivery.” said John Latham, Chief Executive Officer of INTO, on announcing the agreement.
“We want students to have options. If they want to join us on campus in Tucson, that’s great – but we also want to provide students the opportunity to receive a UA degree anywhere in the world – not just Arizona. This partnership with INTO enables us to work with one of the world’s most experienced and successful international education organizations. Most importantly an organization which shares our vision and values” said Brent White, VP of Global Affairs at UA.
For more information:
University of Arizona https://everywhere.arizona.edu/
INTO University Partnerships https://www.intoglobal.com/
Normal, ILLINOIS, March 22, 2018 – INTO University Partnerships has signed a long-term agreement with Illinois State University (ISU) to enhance campus diversity and increase international enrollment. The partnership will play an integral role in supporting Illinois State’s goal of increasing the international student population on campus from the current two percent of overall enrollment to 10 percent within 10 years.
INTO Illinois State University, as the partnership is known, starts recruiting this spring. The first students will arrive on campus in the Fall of 2018.
"In today’s globally connected society and economy, it is more important than ever that our students benefit from a diverse education and interaction with students from different backgrounds and perspectives.” said Larry Dietz, President of Illinois State University. “The increase in international students will not displace any Illinois students who meet our academic standards, but will instead enhance the learning environment. Through this partnership with INTO we aim to provide talented and ambitious students with even more opportunities to study alongside those from other countries. We believe Illinois State will play a full role in the creation of the next generation of global citizens and leaders."
"We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Illinois State University. As competition to attract the world’s most ambitious students intensifies, our partnership will enable Illinois State to reach, recruit and support those students in ways that would not be possible alone," said John Latham, Chief Executive Officer of INTO.
"We look forward to supporting the University as it fulfills its global potential. Illinois State’s commitment to exceptional teaching, highly rated programs, among them one of the Nation’s most highly respected insurance degrees and excellent graduation rates resonate powerfully with students across the United States today. Paired with its location in one of the best college towns in America, these outstanding qualities will resonate just as powerfully with students from all over the world." added John Sykes, Co-Founder of INTO and Executive Vice President, North America
Working together, ISU and INTO have developed academic Pathway programs for international students to improve their English language comprehension while preparing them to be successful, degree-seeking students at the University. The Academic English, International Year One and Graduate Pathway programs developed through this partnership will be taught by ISU faculty with admissions decisions determined by ISU.
Illinois State is the 11th university in the United States to team with INTO. The company specializes in building deeply embedded partnerships that enable universities to achieve their international enrollment ambitions while also supporting students as they transition into studying at a US university.
Illinois State is located in Normal, Illinois, which has been ranked in the Top 10 College Towns in America by the American Institute for Economic Research. International students at ISU enjoy the friendly and welcoming culture of the Midwest while benefitting from being in one of the most vibrant job markets in the United States. The State of Illinois is ranked fourth in the Nation for the most Fortune 500 companies’ headquarters and the campus’ proximity to Chicago offers students access to one of the largest cities in the United States as well as many professional opportunities.
More than 67 countries are represented on campus, making Illinois State University a destination for students and scholars from around the world. The partnership will help develop and foster the diverse community at ISU. For more about the university, please visit its website.
ABOUT INTO UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS
INTO University Partnerships specialises in large-scale transformational partnerships that support and drive leading universities' internationalization goals. Within university-led partnerships, INTO expands opportunities for international students to pursue higher education, investing in the resources, systems and processes to deliver remarkable student experiences and exceptional student outcomes.
INTO has developed partnerships with 22 universities around the world to help them expand access and transform the quality of the international student experience.
INTO currently operates a student recruitment network with 38 offices in 17 countries – attracting more than 14,000 students form 120 countries each year to our partners.
Students benefit from university-designed and delivered programmes, highly supportive learning environments and state-of-the-art learning and living spaces while enjoying full access to their host university's campus facilities, resources and services.
In 2016, INTO’s first partnership INTO University of East Anglia was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s most prestigious business honor. In 2011 INTO was named Higher Education Provider of the Year in the Education Investor awards and was highly commended as Education Business of the Year in 2013.
The company has over 1,500 staff working on INTO projects and generates annual revenues in excess of $250m
INTO US PARTNERS:
Oregon State University, University of South Florida, Colorado State University, Drew University, George Mason University, St Louis University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Suffolk University Boston, Illinois State University.
Illinois State University Campus picture, courtesy of Illinois State University
INTO University Partnerships has signed a long-term partnership with prestigious Boston-based Suffolk University. The new partnership is INTO’s tenth in the United States, and the agreement builds on Suffolk’s international reputation as a magnet for ambitious students from around the world.
INTO Suffolk, as the new venture is known, will start recruiting this fall, and the first students will arrive on campus in the spring of 2018.
"We are thrilled to partner with Suffolk University and to amplify the University’s reach worldwide. We share common values and a belief in the importance of a globally diverse student community,” said John Sykes, Co-Founder of INTO and Executive Vice President, North America, on announcing the partnership, which is INTO’s first in New England.
"The range of programs, the wonderful location in the center of Boston and, most of all, the commitment of faculty and leadership at Suffolk to delivering a first-class experience and a great education augur well for the future of this partnership and the continued success of the University."
"Forging our 10th partnership in the US is a major milestone for INTO. The Suffolk partnership constitutes a real win-win for our growing US business – a university with a proven reputation for attracting international students, located in a high demand, destination city," added INTO CEO John Latham.
In addition to being named as a first-tier national university by The Wall Street Journal (2016), Suffolk is recognized as a top destination for international students, having been ranked fifth in the US among national universities for international students as a percentage of total student population according US News & World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges rankings.
"Suffolk University has been an innovator in higher education for more than a century, and through this partnership, we are innovating again to fulfill our mission in an increasingly global and competitive environment," said Suffolk University Acting President Marisa Kelly.
INTO Suffolk will offer one, two and three-semester Pathway programs that blend academic preparation and intensive English-language training to prepare students for a Suffolk University degree program. The Academic English, Undergraduate and Graduate Pathway programs offered at INTO Suffolk will be taught by Suffolk faculty, and students will be assessed according to the University’s exacting standards before being admitted onto degree programs.
"We were attracted to INTO because of its commitment to strong academic programs - Pathway programs that really help to ensure the educational success of the students who move through them," added Marisa. "Like Suffolk, INTO understands the importance of the international experience in education, for the students who are coming from abroad, but also for domestic students. Exchanging ideas and perspectives with peers from around the world is educational in itself."
Suffolk University is located in the heart of Boston, which today is known for its diversity and dynamism. Home to 50,000 international students, Boston is seen as one of the most innovative cities in the United States, recognized for entrepreneurial growth and innovation by the US Chamber of Commerce.
“In this time of continued dynamic globalization, we owe students expansive opportunities for multi-faceted exposure to international perspectives," added Suffolk Board Chair Robert C Lamb. "Our partnership with INTO establishes a long-term, sustainable means of providing an education that prepares students for success in whatever dimension of the global marketplace they may encounter in their careers."
Suffolk University has extending higher education to the world at the heart of its mission, having been founded in 1906 in order to provide academic opportunities to immigrants arriving in America. For more about the University please visit their website.
CORVALLIS, OREGON (June 28, 2016) – The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation announced today a partnership with INTO Oregon State University to help area children succeed in school. International students at OSU will serve as mentors and launch student-led fundraising efforts tied to key CPSF programs.
An initial grant from INTO OSU will support the foundation’s summer programs at Corvallis High School. Across the district, more than 350 students take part in these programs each summer. INTO OSU will support interventions designed to help English language learners and students who aspire to be first-generation college students. The summer programs have served as a catalyst in improving high school graduation rates in the Corvallis School District by more than 18 percent since 2012.
“Local individuals, businesses and organizations have played a critical role in boosting graduation rates through these programs,” explained Liv Gifford, CPSF executive director. “This has been a community-wide effort, and we are pleased to have INTO OSU join us in this work.”
INTO OSU, a unique university-private partnership that helps recruit and support international students for Oregon State University, began a search for a local partner earlier this year to bolster the company’s international charity, INTO Giving. Founded in 2008, INTO Giving raises funds for projects that help educate disadvantaged children in developing nations. Eight years later, the charity is expanding its reach to help students in local communities like Corvallis.
“We want to partner with a local organization to help grow educational access in Corvallis,” said Bob Gilmour, INTO OSU executive director. “The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation helps young people living in difficult circumstances have access to an excellent education—it’s a great fit for INTO Giving and INTO OSU.”
The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation works to reduce barriers to education for traditionally disadvantaged students, expand excellence through enrichment opportunities and provide pathways to graduation. The organization also offers educator grants and recognition and college scholarship opportunities.
INTO OSU already has begun working with Corvallis High School administrators to create opportunities for international students to volunteer. Gifford said these college volunteers will be important contributors as the Corvallis School District serves a student population that is increasingly diverse, with students from 70 countries speaking nearly 50 languages. In particular, Arabic and Chinese language skills are in high demand, she said.
“INTO OSU’s international student volunteers will be an asset in our schools because of their ability to connect with young students who are English language learners,” said Gifford. “As college students, these young people have left their home countries and are now working toward their college degrees. Their hard work and dedication will set an outstanding example for our summer program participants.”
For more information about INTO Giving, visit: into-giving.com
ABOUT CORVALLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION
The Corvallis Public Schools Foundation was founded in 1996 with the vision to unite private donors with educators in order to provide the best possible education for Corvallis students. The Foundation reduces barriers to education for low-income and homeless students, provides pathways to graduation for students who need extra help and expands excellence through enrichment opportunities. For more information visit: www.cpsfoundation.org
ABOUT INTO OSU and INTO
Oregon State University is the first U.S. partner of INTO University Partnerships, a global company that helps leading world universities expand educational access for international students by creating highly supportive academic environments and delivering university-designed Pathway and English language programs. Since 2006, INTO has launched joint venture partnerships to help internationalize 20 universities in the U.S., U.K. and China. These partnerships have helped more than 15,000 students from more than 130 countries begin their studies at partner institutions in the U.S., including Oregon State University, University of South Florida, Colorado State University, George Mason University, Drew University, Saint Louis University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
For more information visit: www.into-corporate.com
(BRIGHTON, UK, 04.21.2016) Ten years since INTO University of East Anglia, (INTO UEA) was established in 2006, the partnership wins a Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade), the United Kingdom’s highest accolade for business success.
INTO UEA is a joint venture partnership between the University of East Anglia and INTO University Partnerships and was established to support the internationalisation goals of the University, namely to increase the number of high quality international students, to broaden its global presence and to invest in world class facilities. INTO UEA delivers pathway programmes which prepare international students for university study.
The partnership, located in a purpose built building in the heart of the UEA campus in Norwich, combines the academic reputation of one of the world’s leading universities with the reach and resources of the private sector. It has educated more than 5,000 students, generating approximately £60m in additional annual revenue for the University and local community.
UEA vice-chancellor, Professor David Richardson, said: “I would like to congratulate INTO UEA on this prestigious enterprise award. INTO UEA was the first of its kind and has not only enjoyed both excellent student satisfaction and academic results, but has also made a significant contribution to both UEA and our local economy.”
Debbie Price, INTO UEA centre director since 2007 said: “I am enormously proud of our achievements at INTO UEA. Local jobs have been created, the University and the local economy have benefited and most important of all, thousands of young people from around the world have received a British university education, with over 2,500 qualifying to progress to the University of East Anglia. This award tops off our 10th year birthday celebrations in a spectacular way.”
Commenting on the award, John Sykes, INTO’s chief executive said: “We are thrilled and honoured to have received this award. It is a testament to the power of partnership and the enduring global prestige of the University of East Anglia. The INTO UEA partnership, which continues to thrive, has served as a blue print for the establishment of a global network of 20 university partnerships in the United Kingdom, United States and China. This award is dedicated to all of those who have worked so hard to help international students reach their full potential.”
About INTO University of East Anglia
INTO University of East Anglia was the first of the INTO partnerships, established in February 2006. It has become a beacon of successful campus internationalisation.
Since inception, the University has grown international undergraduate student enrolments at three times the UK average and more than 5,000 students have progressed on to further study at the University, generating an estimated £50m in mission-enabling capital.
Today INTO University of East Anglia provides tangible proof of the power of carefully designed public-private partnerships to deliver transformational change in higher education.
The INTO Study Centre provides a world-class student experience, allowing students to live and learn in one innovatively designed building on the University of East Anglia campus. The INTO Centre boasts stylish, modern teaching facilities and accommodation for over 400 students, along with outstanding social facilities and 24/7 student support.
Amongst the firsts
For more information about INTO UEA, please click here.
About INTO University Partnerships
INTO University Partnerships specialises in large-scale transformational partnerships that support and drive leading universities' internationalisation goals. Within university-led partnerships, INTO expands opportunities for students to pursue higher education, investing in the resources, systems and processes to deliver remarkable student experiences and exceptional student outcomes.
INTO has developed partnerships with 20 universities around the world to help them expand access and transform the quality of the international student experience.
The partnership model provides investment and access to resources beyond the scope and capacity of individual universities.
INTO currently operates a student recruitment network with 31 offices in 17 countries – attracting 14,000 students form 120 countries each year to our partners.
Students benefit from university-designed and delivered programmes, highly supportive learning environments and state-of-the-art learning and living spaces while enjoying full access to their host university's campus facilities, resources and services.
In 2011, INTO was named Higher Education Provider of the Year in the Education Investor awards and was highly commended as Education Business of the Year in 2013.
INTO China's short-term study abroad courses have been voted in the world's top ten study abroad experiences by Abroad 101 and STA Travel.
The company has over 1,500 staff working on INTO projects and generates annual revenues in excess of £200m
In the June 2012 I-graduate survey, the international student polling organisation revealed that three of the top five most highly recommended higher education operations are INTO joint ventures.
For more information, please visit www.into-corporate.com
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