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INTO University Partnerships is a British limited-liability partnership that specializes in setting up joint ventures with universities.


INTO University Partnerships is a British limited-liability partnership that specializes in setting up joint ventures with universities. It focuses on the provision of foundation courses for international students, including English language, especially English for Academic Purposes. So far, INTO operates 22 international study centres within leading university partners in the United Kingdom, North America and China.

INTO University Partnerships was founded in 2005 and is chaired by Andrew Colin, who had previously set up Study Group International, an education business he sold to the Daily Mail Group, and Embassy CES, a chain of language schools. Since 2006, INTO has launched 23 joint ventures with a range of universities in the United Kingdom, North America and China. Under the joint venture model, the university remains responsible for educational quality,while INTO provides the marketing infrastructure, finance and specialist management experience. This business model was developed in a political climate that favours public-private partnerships. Bill Rammell, Minister of State in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, in response to a question from Colchester MP Bob Russell, welcomed such innovation in higher education.

In October 2008, INTO opened a £35 million six-storey building at INTO UEA, with 415 en-suite study-bedrooms and classroom space for 600 students. New buildings also opened in Exeter in 2011 and Newcastle in September 2012. INTO Newcastle University, built at a cost of £74million, was launched alongside on-campus student accommodation, the first in the university’s history. In early 2013, INTO University Partnerships announced an equity investment from Leeds Equity Partners of £66m in the group for a 25 percent stake in the business. This investment completed the first stage of INTO’s funding plans, which are aimed at providing universities with access to significant external capital to fund innovation and capacity building in the higher education sector. Two years later, INTO’s first partnership with the University of East Anglia, INTO University of East Anglia won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade) in April 2016. INTO also formed a new partnership with Washington State University in the same year.

UK partners:

University of East Anglia (2005)
University of Exeter (2006)
Newcastle University (2007)
Glasgow Caledonian University (2008)
City University London (2009)
Queen’s University Belfast (2009)
University of Gloucestershire (2013)
University of Stirling (2014)
Newcastle University London (2015)
Additionally, it is an international foundation partner for the:

University of Manchester (2008)
Manchester Metropolitan University
INTO also operates a World Education Centre in 102 Middlesex Street in the heart of London which delivers pre-University preparation programmes – with over 100 UK universities recognising the programmes.The centre opened in summer 2013.

US partners:

Oregon State University (2008)
University of South Florida (2010)
Colorado State University (2010)
Marshall University (2012)
George Mason University (2014)
Drew University in New York (2014)
Saint Louis University (2015)
University of Alabama at Birmingham (2015)
Washington State University (2016)
Suffolk University (2017)

Chinese partners:

Nankai University

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