INTO Glasgow Caledonian University launches

22 February 2013

INTO Glasgow Caledonian University launches

Professor Valerie Webster at the INTO GCU launch are Rhona McDonald, Centre Director INTO GCU, and Jeremy Histon, INTO’s Assistant Director Global Recruitment

INTO Scotland has changed its name to INTO Glasgow Caledonian University (INTO GCU).

INTO is an assured route into university life for hundreds of international students and the new name reflects the high percentage of those who continue their studies at GCU.

INTO GCU offers a range of academic and English language programmes for international students, preparing them for entry to undergraduate and post graduate degree courses. Students can also access a number of summer general English courses for professional or everyday use.

The name change – which was officially announced at a recent launch event, is in direct response to the high rate of student progression to GCU. In 2012, over 90% of eligible INTO GCU students progressed to the University.

“The majority of our students choose to continue at GCU once they have completed their courses with us, testament to the outstanding international student experience and the high student satisfaction rate for learning, as revealed in the latest i-Graduate Student Barometer Survey,” says Rhona McDonald, INTO GCU Centre Director who hosted the  official launch event to celebrate the change of name.

Key speakers at the launch – which highlighted the strong partnership between INTO and Glasgow Caledonian University -  included Valerie Webster, Assistant Vice Principal International at GCU and Jeremy Histon, Assistant Director Global Recruitment of INTO. 

Current students, from countries such as Nigeria, Russia and Columbia also spoke about how INTO prepared them for their GCU programme.

“INTO GCU has been one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life, my English knowledge is increasing more each day,” says English for University student, Victor Parrado, from Colombia. 

“Studying at INTO GCU is a fantastic opportunity which I plan to make the most of.”

Robert Graham, INTO GCU Head of Recruitment, says including GCU in the title will help students create more of a connection to the University while also helping to raise awareness of GCU on a global level.

“The name change further increases the brand awareness of GCU and should encourage more international students to choose to study at the University,” he says.

In tandem with the change of name there has been a key change to the Foundation pathway. The International Foundation has been replaced with the International Certificate of Higher Education (Intl CertHE) which is equivalent to year one of a Scottish degree. On completion, it enables progression to year two of an undergraduate degree at GCU.

The previous seven International Foundation pathways have been streamlined and replaced with three generic International Certificate of Higher Education programmes in Science; Business and Management and Computing, Engineering and Built Environment.

“The GCU International Office and INTO GCU work closely together to promote awareness of GCU and the globally-accredited courses that we offer,” says Valerie Webster, Assistant Vice Principal International at GCU.

“The University’s partnership with INTO enables more students from all over the world to progress to the schools within GCU which benefits staff, home and international students and the local community.”

Jeremy Histon, Assistant Director Global Recruitment of INTO, believes the name change reinforces the strong partnership between INTO and GCU: “As our only joint venture partnership in Scotland, INTO Glasgow Caledonian University is extremely important to the entire INTO family.”