INTO's global marketing network recruits international students
to on-campus centres operated under joint ventures between INTO and
their partner universities. The centres provide courses designed by
the universities to equip the students with the language and study
skills they need to thrive at a UK university. Courses at the three
centres are developed under close guidance from the partner
university, with academic content undergoing all the normal quality
assurance and validation processes necessary for the award of a
formal qualification from that institution.
Many students from the centres progress to the universities in
partnership or, in some cases, to other institutions.
At its longest-established centre, at the University of East
Anglia in Norwich, three-quarters of INTO students who took the
final examinations this summer went on to enrol at the
The universities benefit from a significant boost to their
revenues - each international student contributes several thousand
pounds in fees - and from receiving students who are well prepared
for their studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
INTO University Partnerships's three centres are at the
University of East Anglia (INTO UEA), the University of Exeter
(INTO Exeter) and INTO Newcastle University.
Recruitment at INTO UEA for the 2007/08 academic year is 425
students, compared with 254 in 2006/07, its first year of
operations. In 2005/06 the university recruited just 45 students on
to similar courses. Additional courses and summer programmes bring
the total passing through the centre to more than 600.
At INTO University of Exeter, recruitment for 2007/08 is 283
students, compared with 52 recruited to similar courses in 2006/07,
while at INTO Newcastle the figure for 2007/08 is 184, compared
with 45 in 2006/07.
Andrew Colin, chairman of INTO University Partnerships Ltd,
said: "We are delighted that the INTO partnership model has proved
so effective. The overall recruitment success coupled with the
strong academic performance we have seen is very pleasing. The
international market is competitive and students know what they
want, which is good news for INTO and its university partners."
INTO University Partnerships Ltd is continuing to build its
programme at leading UK universities, with several more expected to
be agreed before the end of the year.