The Partners Conference and INTO Awards

Our second partners’ conference took place across three venues in central London. The event brought together 250 delegates from across the INTO network of partner universities and INTO’s regional offices. We were particularly honoured to welcome our new partners and the chief executives of some of the world’s largest and most influential education counselling organisations. The event kicked off with a welcome address from INTO's Chairman, Andrew Colin who reflected on his pride in the development of the organisation and the role public-private partnerships have to play in meeting great higher education capacity challenges. "We believe in the power of education to transform lives and are driven by a desire to have a positive impact on the higher education landscape", he said. This was a sentiment echoed by Lord Sebastian Coe in his witty and forthright address to t… Expand to read full article
Our second partners’ conference took place across three venues in central London. The event brought together 250 delegates from across the INTO network of partner universities and INTO’s regional offices. We were particularly honoured to welcome our new partners and the chief executives of some of the world’s largest and most influential education counselling organisations.

The event kicked off with a welcome address from INTO's Chairman, Andrew Colin who reflected on his pride in the development of the organisation and the role public-private partnerships have to play in meeting great higher education capacity challenges. "We believe in the power of education to transform lives and are driven by a desire to have a positive impact on the higher education landscape", he said.

This was a sentiment echoed by Lord Sebastian Coe in his witty and forthright address to the audience. Reflecting on his time as Chairman of the London Olympic Organising Committee, he identified a commitment to a vision, hard work, excellent communications, laughter and teamwork as the keys to success.

The conference itself provided an opportunity for all of those involved in the INTO network to share their views of the successes and challenges. Professor Ella Ritchie, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Newcastle University summed up "Public-private partnerships can be challenging, but there is a balance to find & a lot to learn from one another."

The delegates considered a range of issues relating to internationalisation and how we can enable the partnership to develop to promote better student experiences, enhanced student mobility and a deeper understanding of the role quality education counseling organisations play in supporting the internationalisation objectives of our partner universities.

The debate was enriched by a stellar array of guest speakers and contributors including, Mr. Shen Yang, Minister Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in London, Will Archer, Chief Executive of the I-Graduate group, Dr. Bill Lawton of the Observatory of Higher Education, Aaron Porter, Former President of the National Union of Students in the UK and Tim Gore of the University of London.

But what stood out for many was the contribution made by our students, reflecting on and sharing their experiences of studying at INTO centres in the UK and China.

A full video of the conference will be available in the New Year but to watch interviews with some of our keynote speakers, including Lord Sebastian Coe, please select the links below:

The INTO Awards

In a glittering dinner and ceremony at the magnificent Renaissance St Pancras hotel in London, compered by MJ Miller, the INTO Partner awards were announced.

Scooping the award for INTO Joint Venture Centre of the Year was INTO Oregon State University which has exceeded all enrolment and fiscal targets two years ahead of its original business plan. The partnership with Oregon State University has helped to transform the campus and established OSU as a beacon for successful internationalisation across the entire United States.

The full awards are listed below:

  • INTO Giving Award - INTO University Partnerships Brighton
  • Start Up Award - Marshall University
  • Transformational Project of the Year - Newcastle University
  • Social Media Impact - University of East Anglia and INTO UEA
  • Academic Performance - INTO University of Exeter
  • True Grit Award - INTO Manchester
  • Student Integration Award - Colorado State University for its Global Village initiative
  • The Star Trek - To Boldy Go Award - INTO Saint George's, University of London
  • Above and Beyond Award - INTO University of South Florida
  • Blue Whale Award for Outstanding Growth - INTO UEA London and INTO City University
  • Ian Sanders Memorial Award for Innovation - Nankai University and INTO China
  • Outstanding Student Experience - INTO Scotland at Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University Partner of the Year - Queen's University Belfast
  • INTO Centre(Centre) of the Year INTO Oregon State University

To see photos from the INTO Partners' conference 2012, click here.

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Global Recruitment Conference

More than 170 delegates from 30 different countries assembled at Queen’s University Belfast for INTO’s second global recruitment conference. Staff from across the INTO network were joined by colleagues from our partner universities. The five day conference focused on delivering the Stronger Together message, a central theme to the success of INTO. As one might expect, the hospitality offered by Queen's was outstanding. In a welcome address to the delegates, Sir Peter Gregson, vice chancellor of the University, shared the enormous progress Queen's has made in the past three years. Runner up in this year's Sunday Times University of the Year, Sir Peter outlined just how strong an institution the University is and shared with colleagues the global impact Queen's is making. 'The global market for high quality, higher education is expanding r… Expand to read full article
More than 170 delegates from 30 different countries assembled at Queen’s University Belfast for INTO’s second global recruitment conference. Staff from across the INTO network were joined by colleagues from our partner universities. The five day conference focused on delivering the Stronger Together message, a central theme to the success of INTO.

As one might expect, the hospitality offered by Queen's was outstanding. In a welcome address to the delegates, Sir Peter Gregson, vice chancellor of the University, shared the enormous progress Queen's has made in the past three years. Runner up in this year's Sunday Times University of the Year, Sir Peter outlined just how strong an institution the University is and shared with colleagues the global impact Queen's is making.

'The global market for high quality, higher education is expanding rapidly and we need to take a high quality stance." he said.

His sentiments were endorsed by Isabel Jennings, Director of Student Plus at the University. In welcoming the delegates she reflected on how important it was for INTO staff to come and see Queen's for themselves.

"It's hard to represent something like education unless you come here and feel the heartbeat of the place and uniqueness of what the Belfast experience is.', she said.

"The conference provided the perfect opportunity for INTOs global student recruitment workforce to see the impressive Queen's campus and learn more about what the university and the city has to offer international students. Hosting the conference at Queen's underlines INTOs commitment to its partnership with one of the top ranked universities in the UK." Said conference organizer Stuart Coleman.

"This is the time of the year when nearly 100 regional office staff from all corners of the world come together to plan the year ahead and meet colleagues from other areas of our business. Take the sales training for example. When you put over 20 different nationalities from at least as many countries in one session to work on a sales pitch, the outcome is likely to be anything but boring!" said, Tuukka Hinttula, INTO's Recruitment Director for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia

  • To view the photos taken at the Global Recruitment Conference dinner, click here.
  • To Listen to an interview with Sir Peter Gregson, Vice-Chancellor at Queen's University Belfast, click here.
  • To listen to an interview with Andrew Colin (INTO Chairman) and Isabel Jennings, Director of Student Plus (QUB), click here.
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One More Experience

From Friday 23rd November until Friday 30th November, INTO University Partnerships welcomed almost 200 international recruitment counselors from 34 countries to the United Kingdom to participate in the One More Experience, a group of familiarisation (Fam) trips designed to showcase the living and learning environments offered through our study centres and experience life as an international student studying at one of our partner universities. The trip itself was believed to be on a scale never before seen in the UK. The idea behind the One More Experience was to give education counselors a real taste of student life so they are able to communicate the INTO difference to those international students weighing up their study options in the United Kingdom. The trip also helped convey the distinctiveness of the higher education institutions INTO are partnered with, as well as assist our university partners achieve some of their own key strategic goals. "For INTO, this is a major undertaking," explains Jeremy Hi… Expand to read full article
From Friday 23rd November until Friday 30th November, INTO University Partnerships welcomed almost 200 international recruitment counselors from 34 countries to the United Kingdom to participate in the One More Experience, a group of familiarisation (Fam) trips designed to showcase the living and learning environments offered through our study centres and experience life as an international student studying at one of our partner universities. The trip itself was believed to be on a scale never before seen in the UK.

The idea behind the One More Experience was to give education counselors a real taste of student life so they are able to communicate the INTO difference to those international students weighing up their study options in the United Kingdom. The trip also helped convey the distinctiveness of the higher education institutions INTO are partnered with, as well as assist our university partners achieve some of their own key strategic goals.

"For INTO, this is a major undertaking," explains Jeremy Histon, Assistant Director of Global Recruitment at INTO. "To run seven fam trips simultaneously, across seven centres nationwide, as well as a large scale weekend of activities in London has been a challenge logistically but represents the lengths INTO and our partner universities are willing to go to in helping them [counselors] understand what we have to offer students from all over the world."

Indeed, the event has been so successful that we are planning to run this again next year.

The One More Experience lasted just over a week and began in London with counselors visiting the designer outlet Bicester Village or exploring the history of Windsor Castle, followed by a champagne reception and dinner at the spectacular Natural History Museum. Following this, our network of counselors split into groups and traveled to seven of our study centres and university partners around the country to sample life as an international student living in the UK.

For the education representatives, this was a great chance to live and breath life as a student. For the host INTO centres and universities, it was a chance showcase their living and learning environments, run workshops and academic sessions as well as indulge representatives in local activities, customs and in some cases, cuisines!

Counselors visiting INTO Scotland at Glasgow Caledonian University gained a taste of student life as they joined class representatives and ambassadors for some traditional Scottish haggis, whisky and Irn-Bru, ( a famous Scottish soft drink).

Paul Correa, an education representative from the Gambia, said, "I'm so happy that I got the opportunity to try haggis. It's delicious. Although, my favorite part of my trip to Scotland was when we visited the famous Auchentoshan whisky distillery and sampled some of it for ourselves."

At the University of Exeter, counselors spent time with several departments within the University to experience each discipline area on offer. Practical sessions, seminars and tours were given, including a workshop in the aerodynamics laboratory and the recently refurbished Biosciences laboratory as representatives took part in an experiment with some current students to look at the affects of diabetes.

Busygina Ekaterina, from LLC Lingfort in Russia ,said, "This trip to Exeter has helped me a lot to understand the INTO organisation, and the University structure. It was a great idea to have a few lessons which helped to be inside students' life."

Eleanor Wheaton, Marketing Coordinator INTO University of Exeter felt that the group really embraced everything that was arranged for them, "We've hosted an incredible group of people who have been a delight to work with this week. From the Cha-cha-cha dance class on Tuesday evening, to the science lab practical in INTO and the live moot, the visiting agents have enjoyed seeing what it's like to be a student in Exeter."

In Newcastle, 54 counselors explored the new £74million INTO Newcastle University Centre followed by a tour of St James Park, a medieval banquet and were blown away by the hospitality of the local people. 'Thank you for your kindness and patience. It was an amazing and wonderful trip!' said Lili Huang, a representative from the GetSet Xiamen Centre.

In the South-East of the country, INTO University of East Anglia held a student-run session on the Newton A-level programme, with each student focusing on one aspect of the course, after which representatives seized the opportunity to ask questions of the students and teaching staff. Other activities including archery, student shopping trips and a smooth sale down the Norfolk Broads.

Lynn McQuire, Director of International Partnerships at GCU, helped summarise the One More Experience by saying, "It was lovely to welcome the delegate group of education representatives to INTO Scotland at GCU. It was the ideal opportunity for them to get a taste of the wonderful student life and excellent campus facilities we have at GCU."

Photos of each of the OME fam trips can be found via our INTO Network Flickr account.

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