Rewards and recognition for INTO students

31 January 2011

INTO Scotland students celebrated their achievements at the annual Student Recognition and Reward Ceremony.

The award winners were joined by current INTO Scotland students and special guests, including Andrew Colin, chairman of INTO University Partnership and Professor Pamela Gillies, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University.

Nur Arinah Zainordin, a former INTO student from Malaysia opened the ceremony with a motivational speech drawing on her experiences during her studies at INTO Scotland's base at GCU.

Awards handed out on the day included the Top Academic Student 2009-2010 Award, which was jointly presented to former Foundation Engineering students Emmanuel Jack and Ilyas Kadyrov.

Andrew Colin, who presented the Academic Achievement Awards, said: It is a pleasure to be invited here today. I would like to express my deep admiration and respect for all of you. 

"Travelling abroad, learning a new language and integrating yourself into a new culture involves a huge amount of courage and commitment. Congratulations.

Students who contributed to student life throughout the year through various initiatives including the Class Representative and Ambassador programme and student internships were also recognised. Former English for Undergraduate Study student XiaoZhe Yao (Tyler), now studying Foundation Engineering at the INTO Scotland centre, was awarded the Overall Contribution to Student Life Award for making a valued contribution to student life via the creation of YouTube and Youku videos in both Chinese and English language, interviewing students for INTOTV, capturing quality photos on social events.

Former INTO Scotland Foundation Business and Management student, Eronjha Adderley McIntosh closed the ceremony with an inspirational speech, about his time as an INTO Scotland student

He said. Before I came here to INTO Scotland I really didnt know what to expect, but what an experience it has been. I studied hard and tried to participate in as many non academic activities as my academic obligations would allow and Im glad I did. The whole experience has made me who I am today. It was a wonderful experience and if I could I honestly would do it all over again. 

INTO centres offer academic and English language preparation for international students, with courses preparing students for study at UK universities.

Each INTO centre is managed by a joint venture management board, in which INTO and the partner university are equal shareholders.