We have improved global brand awareness for our university partners: since 2008 there have been more than 1,000 activities promoting our partner universities' brands, covering over 60 countries. Our total marketing expenditure has reached £22 million over the last four years.
There have been over 41,000 course commencements across our 17 joint ventures since September 2006.
Student success and progression
On campus, our intensive language teaching teams integrate seamlessly with university faculty members to ensure that students achieve their educational, personal and career goals. Academically rigorous entrance and progression requirements are established by the partner university.
We have an 89% progression rate into higher education from our centres, with 65% going on to partner universities and the remaining 24% progressing to other higher educational institutions.
Over 3,500 students will progress from academic pathway programmes in 2010 - an 113% increase from 2009.
Student experience and satisfaction
Students on INTO academic pathway programmes benefit from university-style teaching, learning in groups and self-directed study - essential preparation for the UK and US university systems. Students are also encouraged to develop work-related skills through work experience programmes and leadership development programmes.
We have a 92% average attendance for academic programmes and a 95% student retention to course completion across all our centres. Our students enjoy a 9:1 average student to staff ratio across all our centres.
According to our exit surveys, 93% of students leaving their courses at our campus-based joint venture centres in July 2010 were satisfied with their student experience, with some centres scoring 100%.
Accreditation of our centres
The combination of high-quality academic provision, high levels of student support, and the benefits of studying in a university environment provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed at university and beyond. This has been recognised by accreditation bodies.
In the UK, the British Council and the British Accreditation Council (BAC) have accredited many of our centres, praising the quality of teaching.