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UK and US unis look to expand int’l recruitment

Universities in the UK and US are embarking on new partnerships in a bid to welcome more international students to their campuses.
August 1 2023
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Universities in the UK and US are forging new partnerships in a bid to boost international student recruitment at their campuses.

Oxford International Education Group and Edinburgh Napier University have come together to launch Edinburgh Napier University International College, set to offer students from around the world a new route into undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs.

Edinburgh’s new, and only, embedded pathway college will see international students able to join pathway courses from January 2024.

Two undergraduate pathway courses and one postgraduate pathway course will be available to ENUIC students. After successfully completing their chosen pathway course, students can progress to one of 24 undergraduate degrees or one of 12 postgraduate degrees at ENU.

Students will be “fully integrated” into ENU campus life from day one, said OIEG in a statement, with access to the university’s support services and facilities.

To support the growth of the college, OIEG will provide recruitment expertise, leveraging its recruitment and conversion specialists, located in over 50 locations worldwide and an established network of agents.

“With Oxford International’s experience in embedded college operations, combined with the support and knowledge of our staff, I’m confident that international pathway students will know they are part of the Edinburgh Napier community from their very first day with us” said Andrea Nolan, vice-chancellor of ENU.

“By adding a new partnership to our portfolio, even more international students will have the chance to study in the UK”

“By adding a new partnership to our portfolio, even more international students will have the chance to study in the UK and achieve their dreams, said Lil Bremermann-Richard, CEO of OIEG.

“You can feel the energy around the Edinburgh campus generated by both staff and students. It’s exciting that students at ENUIC are going to add even more energy from the start of next year!”

This week, ENU’s business school also earned business accreditation from AACSB International, the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools.

Elsewhere, Montclair State University has announced its new partnership with INTO University Partnership in an effort to expand its offerings to global students.

INTO will commence recruiting immediately to the institution in New Jersey, US, through its network of education agents for the university’s January 2024 intake.

The partnership is part of the university’s long-term strategic enrolment plan, centred around embracing diversity and enriching the educational experience of Montclair’s student body.

“Our partnership with INTO is a strategic step towards enhancing our global outreach and attracting brilliant minds from across the world. Together, we aspire to cultivate a dynamic campus environment that empowers students for success in an interconnected world,” said Wendy-Lin-Cook, Montclair’s vice president of enrolment management.

“We are proud to partner with Montclair State University, renowned for its dedication to inclusivity and affordability and delivering top outcomes for students,” said INTO’s CEO, John Sykes.

“With INTO’s unparalleled global reach and market knowledge, we look forward to supporting some of the best talent in the world arriving on Montclair’s vibrant campus.”

Through the collaboration, international students will have access to an extensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs within the university’s 300+ programs across various colleges.

Meanwhile in the UK, the University of Hertfordshire and Navitas, who collaboratively deliver the Navitas Hertfordshire International College, have announced a six-year partnership renewal contract.

Cardiff University has also freshly renewed its partnership with Study Group after three years, to continue the offering of its joint collaboration, Cardiff University International Study Centre. It is hoped that the ISC will increase enrolments to 800 international students annually by 2027, Study Group said in a statement.

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