INTO brings Marshall University experience to Asia

Over the past couple of weeks, two separate events have been run to promote INTO's newest North American partner, Marshall University to our network of representatives in China and Vietnam. Thundering Herd creates a stir A football and food-based launch brought the North American Marshall Universitystudent experience to life for counselors in Southern China. You rarely see people in Kelly green jerseys catching American footballs and rushing frantically to score touchdowns in Yangshou, Guangxi Province. So temperatures were raised when the Marshall University ‘Thundering Herd’ team – consisting of around 25 education counselors from across China and Hong Kong and eight members o… Expand to read full article
Over the past couple of weeks, two separate events have been run to promote INTO's newest North American partner, Marshall University to our network of representatives in China and Vietnam.

Thundering Herd creates a stir

A football and food-based launch brought the North American Marshall Universitystudent experience to life for counselors in Southern China.

You rarely see people in Kelly green jerseys catching American footballs and rushing frantically to score touchdowns in Yangshou, Guangxi Province.

So temperatures were raised when the Marshall University ‘Thundering Herd’ team – consisting of around 25 education counselors from across China and Hong Kong and eight members of the INTO recruitment team - made a symbolic appearance at an official Chinese INTO Marshall University launch event.

The event, held on 2 and 3 March, aimed to give participants a real feel of what both Marshall University and the town of Huntington, West Virginia are all about. An American football night with an impromptu friendly match and an American barbeque among other events, enabled the counselors to see for themselves the closeness, sense of community and high quality education that Marshall has to offer Chinese students.

Dr Clark Egnor, Marshall University’s Director of the Center for International Programs thought the two days went extremely well. “It was a great idea to hold the launch in beautiful Yangshuo – the West Virginia of China,” he said. “Education counselors experienced a Marshall tailgate party, ate real American hamburgers and learned to sing the Marshall fight song and Country Roads in Chinese.”

“The event was so much fun and was a memorable experience for everyone. I am confident the results of our hard work will pay off, based on the positive feedback we have already received from those counsellors who attended.”

After an in-depth training session from Dr Egnor, participants went rafting on Lijiang and ended the day with shopping, wine and a great dinner.

Gordon Lunan, INTO’s Recruitment Director for China, Hong Kong and Macau, said the launch was important to showcase INTO’s fourth and newest US partner to those who had been unable to attend the familiarisation trips to West Virginia in November 2012 and February 2013.

“Marshall brings something unique to INTO’s portfolio of US partners,” Gordon said. “As a smaller university, it has different strengths from the large state universities in our North American portfolio. Diversifying our options for offering students remarkable international experiences, outstanding outcomes and unrivaled support is important. Many students will thrive in a close-knit community with a high instructor to student ratio. Marshall has a lot to offer in China.”

Education counsellor Isabella Zhang, from Shanghai Junyi said the event helped her to better understand the experience and benefits of studying at Marshall.  “It was an opportunity to become more knowledgeable and confident when promoting Marshall as a key destination for students wanting to study in North America,” she said.

“Guangxi is a very mountainous region in China which I’ve been told is very similar to West Virginia. I think these activities have helped us gain a better appreciation of what Marshall has to offer and will help us to attract more students to INTO’s Pathway programs there.”

INTO Marshall and Marshall University staff are busy preparing to welcome the Center’s first student cohort this coming August. 

Marshall ‘first choice’ for counselors after Ho Chi Minh presentation and movie

“Inspirational,” and “impressive,” were just some of the adjectives used by Education Counsellors from all over Vietnam as they left Taj Masasago Cinema in Ho Chi Minh City last Saturday.

The source of their emotions was, in part, the We Are Marshall movie, a Hollywood movie starring Matthew McConaughey, based on the tragic events surrounding the University football team that they had just viewed.

The event was hosted and organised by the Vietnam Regional Office team, led by Ms Thu Nguyen and INTO's new North American representative in IndoChina Ms Que Vo. Special guest for the afternoon was Tim O'Brien, Director of INTO Knowledge who had brought a suitcase full of Marco the Bison mascots and university pennants  for the guests. 

Tim began by asking some questions of the audience and distributing small gifts from Marshall University. He then went on to present some extremely interesting facts and figures about education, before telling them what INTO could bring to students.

“An education is the single largest, most valuable investment many Vietnamese families will ever make,” he said. “As Education Counselors, your role in helping guide students to study overseas is vital. At INTO, our job is to support you by bringing you 17 of the world’s finest universities - offering remarkable international experiences, exceptional student outcomes and unrivalled support. We are particularly proud of our partnership with Marshall University - a wonderful institution that we hope to be home to many Vietnamese students.” 

Chau Do, counsellor of Apollo Education and Training, one of Vietnam's largest overseas study organisations, was among those moved by the experience. “It was a truly inspirational, touching movie,” she said. “I was especially impressed by the sporting spirit at an American University. Most importantly, this movie gave me a picture of how Marshall University actually looks. If I have any students interested in studying in North America, Marshall would definitely be one of my top recommendations for them”.

Click here for a collection of images from the both visits.

Learn more about INTO Marshall University »

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Student achievement highlighted at INTO City relaunch

Improving co-operation and understanding – and celebrating success – were the themes behind the recent re-launch of INTO City with City University. The extremely constructive and fruitful partnership between City University and INTO City has prepared many students for progression on to higher education courses. And nothing brought this home more engagingly than the stories from the students themselves. Following an introduction to the Centre by Academic Director Sarah McKenzie, and a talk on its marketing and recruitment by Deputy Director of UK Business Development David Amor, a group of progressed students took the microphone. Sean Foo is… Expand to read full article
Improving co-operation and understanding – and celebrating success – were the themes behind the recent re-launch of INTO City with City University.

The extremely constructive and fruitful partnership between City University and INTO City has prepared many students for progression on to higher education courses. And nothing brought this home more engagingly than the stories from the students themselves.

Following an introduction to the Centre by Academic Director Sarah McKenzie, and a talk on its marketing and recruitment by Deputy Director of UK Business Development David Amor, a group of progressed students took the microphone.

Sean Foo is an exemplar of the excellent academic provision offered by the Centre. After completing an International Foundation in Business and Economics with Accounting, Sean was offered a scholarship at City’s prestigious Cass Business School to study a BSc in Investment and Financial Risk Management.

Sean said: “The Foundation Programme gave me the skills to start my degree at Cass knowing what was required of me and how the work should be approached. It will also help when I go into postgraduate study as the skills I have learned are easily applied to all areas of education and work.”

Boran Li, who's now in his second year at Cass, Investment and Financial Risk Management had a similar, highly positive story to tell: "By massively improving my English, integrating me into British society and giving me a solid foundation in business studies, this course allowed me to fulfil my dream of studying at Cass."

The event was attended by a wide range of staff and professors from City University London, including Professor Dinos Arcoumanis, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (International and Development). 

Click here for a selection of images from the relaunch.

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Counselors benefit from tour of 'the North'

Nothing beats experiencing the ‘real thing’ for Eastern Europe and Central Asian education counselors. The INTO Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) teams recently organised a series of visits for our counselors to INTO centres and partner universities in the UK, focusing on our partners in "the north." The trip was organised on the basis of the success of last year's visit. Led by INTO’s Mila Gagarina from the Moscow office, the group followed an intensive programme of touring and training at our world-class centres in Manchester, Newcastle, Belfast and Glasgow, finishing the week with a tour… Expand to read full article
Nothing beats experiencing the ‘real thing’ for Eastern Europe and Central Asian education counselors.

The INTO Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) teams recently organised a series of visits for our counselors to INTO centres and partner universities in the UK, focusing on our partners in "the north." The trip was organised on the basis of the success of last year's visit.

Led by INTO’s Mila Gagarina from the Moscow office, the group followed an intensive programme of touring and training at our world-class centres in Manchester, Newcastle, Belfast and Glasgow, finishing the week with a tour of the new London Mile End Road facilities.

Centre teams gave the group a warm welcome and organised some great itineraries for the agents, including a trip to the beach in a chilly Newcastle, demonstrating that Eastern Europe and Central Asian counselor are afraid of nothing!

“There’s nothing like being there - and all those who came along certainly seemed to benefit from actually seeing the brilliant facilities, environment and, of course, academic experience on offer to international students in the UK. I am hoping to welcome many more counselors in the future,” said Sam Jones, Recruitment Director (Europe & Central Asia).

The EECA team and the counselor partners sent their thanks to those INTO colleagues who helped welcome the group and make the visits unforgettable.

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Announcements

Moving on up…

Congratulations to Mike Topp on his promotion to Admissions Advisor (Central China). Mike joined INTO last April as Admissions Assistant, and since then has made a valuable contribution to the China Admissions team, particularly in processing new applications, but also on a personal level, bringing good humour and calm to a sometimes stressful environment.

Prior to joining INTO, Mike worked for as a Travel Coordinator for a language school in Brighton and as an Administrative Assistant at an International School in Switzerland. In his free time, Mike writes blogs on music and sport. 

Meet the UKCA team:

The journey of your application

Ever wondered what happens to a student's application once it touches down at Brighton Central Admissions? Take a look behind the scenes and meet some of the staff from Brighton HQ in this video.

An Avalanche is Coming sets out vividly the challenges ahead for global higher education

IPPR, the Institute for Public Policy Research, is the United Kingdom’s leading progressive thinktank and earlier this week, released an essay on higher education and the revoluton ahead.

The motivation for An Avalanche is Coming is a desire to see education systems and institutions prepare present and future generations to seize the opportunities of the 21st century and overcome its many challenges.

You can read the full essay by clicking here.

New Faces

Mary Kalmus

Internal Communications Manager INTO University Partnerships, Brighton

Mary Kalmus has joined INTO as Internal Communications Manager. She brings with her several decades’ experience within the communications, journalism and PR sectors. Her three years as Communications and Web Manager for a major UK National Health Service organization in Sussex will stand her in particularly good stead in this brand new role.

“As soon as I arrived I could see the need for such a fast-growing, diverse and geographically-dispersed organization to have a single individual in place to foster a sense of community and provide a single voice and point of contact for staff.  I am really looking forward to being that person, as well as to meeting and working with as many of you as possible,” she says.

One of Mary’s major tasks over the coming months will be to work with others to set up a staff intranet, working title IntoNet. “I anticipate this being a living, evolving, vital source of information and resources for INTO people across the globe,” she says.

“In the meantime, I am always available if you need to tell others within the organisation your news, inform them of events you have planned or want to share resources and ideas. I can be reached at mary.kalmus@into.uk.com, so do get in touch anytime.”

Outside of work, Mary enjoys writing theatre and music reviews for a local newspaper, swimming and walking in the South Downs. 

Media Enquiries

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