Thursday, November 7, 2013

INTO University Partnerships Announces Continued International Student Growth and Academic Success at US Partner Institutions

Oregon State University, University of South Florida and Colorado State University report double-digit international student enrollment growth and strong academic outcomes among international cohorts

San Diego, CA, November 07, 2013 – INTO University Partnerships today announced successes in key areas at its US partner institutions, including international student enrollment growth, strong academic outcomes and high student satisfaction. INTO’s first two US partners, Oregon State University and University of South Florida, have experienced the greatest gains and are outpacing national averages in international student enrollment growth, demonstrating the long-term effectiveness of INTO’s joint venture model.

INTO partners with leading universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Asia to expand opportunities for higher education, ensuring student success and achieving a globally diverse and integrated campus community. To date, INTO has helped more than 5,000 international students from over 100 countries begin their academic studies at institutions in the US.

For the Fall 2013 intake, all four of INTO’s US centers exceeded their ambitious enrollment goals. The company’s three most mature partnerships – Oregon State University, University of South Florida and Colorado State University – experienced double-digit growth (19 percent) from the previous year. Achieving nationality diversity also remains a goal at all of INTO’s joint ventures, with more than 60 countries represented at the four US centers.

INTO’s most recent partnership launched in Fall 2013 at Marshall University. In August, INTO Marshall welcomed its first group of 170 international students from 23 countries, an impressive start for the new program. Last month, INTO and George Mason University announced plans to establish a partnership to expand the university’s global reach and international student enrollment. Once approved, the planned partnership would be INTO’s fifth joint venture in the US.

“The rapid success at our US centers has been incredible. The ambitious universities with whom we’re partnered are committed to comprehensive internationalization as part of their long-term strategy for institutional growth and evolution. What’s more, they understand that ‘internationalization’ is greater than simply recruiting larger numbers of international students. It’s about increasing access to high quality education and improving the experience for international and domestic students alike,” said David Stremba, Managing Director of INTO University Partnerships, North America.

Success at INTO’s US centers is measured not only by the size and diversity of each year’s incoming academic cohort but also by students’ academic outcomes and satisfaction with their experience. Academic success is central to the mission of each joint venture, a partnership through which each university maintains full control over academic programs. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of students successfully completed Pathway programs at INTO OSU, INTO USF and INTO CSU and qualified to progress to university degree programs; 95 percent of those students eligible to progress ultimately chose to enroll at the host university. The vast majority of students studying at INTO centers in the US in 2012-13 responded to an end of program survey indicating they were highly satisfied or satisfied with their experience.

“The partnership model is transformational and especially powerful in higher education. We are able to mobilize vast amounts of resources in our network as well as that of our university partners to advance institutional goals,” said Andrew Colin, Chairman of INTO University Partnerships. “There is a swell in demand from international students for high-quality opportunities to study outside their home countries. Leading universities need to be able to deliver differentiated and best-of-class service for these students. Carefully designed strategic partnerships have proven a successful way for this to be accomplished.”

INTO is committed to improving global access to quality higher education and further increasing international student mobility. As a global education partnering organization that establishes large-scale, long-term, transformational partnerships, INTO assists universities in achieving their comprehensive internationalization goals. For more information about INTO University Partnerships and its partner institutions, please visit

About INTO University Partnerships
Universities partner with INTO to advance their ambitious comprehensive internationalization agendas. INTO’s deeply embedded joint ventures create a globally diverse and integrated campus, improve the overall student experience, and increase international students’ access to higher education. Through INTO’s resources and expertise institutions expand their ability to create highly supportive academic environments, establish state-of-the-art learning and living spaces and deliver university-designed programs. Since 2006, INTO has established partnerships with 17 universities in the UK, the US and China. These partnerships have helped more than 5,000 international students from over 100 countries begin their academic studies at partner institutions in North America, including Oregon State University, the University of South Florida, Colorado State University and Marshall University. More information can be found at or follow INTO @INTOnetwork.

Anne Jenkins
INTO University Partnerships
1 Gloucester Place
Brighton, BN1 4AA

Australian company Global Road Technology announces Partnerships that will transform Indian Roads

Australian infrastructure leaders Global Road Technology (GRT) have announced a multi-million dollar partnership with Indian construction and energy giant Triace.

Southport, QLD, November 07, 2013 - Australian infrastructure leaders Global Road Technology (GRT) have announced a multi-million dollar partnership with Indian construction and energy giant Triace.

Using the latest certified road development and stabilisation technology, Australian based GRT builds instant highway infrastructure - saving time, money and resources when compared to the construction of conventional roads. This deal will see GRT and its Indian joint venture partner Pearls Group - as Pearls GRT - work with Triace to apply their products on projects covering 7,000km of Maharashtra, India’s second most populous and third largest state.

Global Road Technology Director Ben Skinner said that the announcement signifies the global intent of the company to be a world leader in the development and maintenance of safer and better road infrastructure.

“Our technology provides a cost-effective and time efficient solution to the development of road infrastructure in both remote areas and developing nations - providing access for communities to the wider world,” said Mr Skinner.

“Our contract with Triace will enable us to provide communities across Maharashtra state access to safer and more environmentally sustainable road networks – creating a road network that will transform the region.

Just as importantly, this will be done economically and rapidly – with up to 6000 sq metres of road being applied a day using GRT products, as opposed to traditional methods that take up to a month to lay a kilometre of road.”

The Triace deal follows the recent signing of a formal joint venture between Global Road Technology and one of India’s largest companies, Pearls Group - this joint venture will be named Pearls GRT.

GRT already has a market presence across Asia, India, North and South America.

GRT is working with major companies across the mining, oil and gas and government sector with its economic and environmentally friendly technology in high demand – with its application helping to create better road networks worldwide.

GRT polymers can be mixed with in-situ materials to create better multi-use road surfaces across a number of landscapes and for multiple client needs.

According to Ben Skinner the partnership with Pearls and signing of the deal with Triace highlight the demand for GRT’s products and the company’s ability to provide cost-effective and timely solutions for clients infrastructure needs.

“Our partnership with Pearls and the signing of the agreement in India demonstrates the demand for our products and their potential to provide infrastructure solutions globally for any number of industries and applications,” Mr Skinner said.

“Pearls GRT’s road-building technology has the potential to revolutionise how roads are built and the company is entering an exciting time in its development.

Both the public and private sector grasp its effectiveness to provide instant infrastructure and what that means in terms of giving people accessibility to opportunities and improving their economic and social development.”

Pearls GRT is a joint venture between two innovative powerhouses – Global Road Technology and the Pearls Group.

Global Road Technology is an international company with a wealth of expertise in the creation and maintenance of better urban, rural and industrial roads.

Global Road Technology's constant pursuit of innovation has solved road stabilization, dust control problems and met other operating challenges worldwide.

With the optimal combination of proven products and total turn-key solutions Global Road Technology has delivered all types of roads from major highways to haulage, industrial and rural roads, tarmacs, hardstand areas and water repellent pavements.

Global Road Technology’s team of expert surveyors, geologists, civil engineers and industry consultants ensure a qualified onsite presence to assist with any project.

In many countries, unsatisfactory roads are contributors to poor social and economic development and are unsafe for the whole community. Global Road Technology is committed to the United Nation's initiative of "A Decade of Action" which aims to reduce road deaths by 50% in 2020. Presently, road traffic fatalities take 1.3 million lives per year and this is expected to increase to 1.9 million by 2020 unless urgent action is taken.

Our goal is threefold- keep industries moving, create better roads for rural communities, and build safer road infrastructure in low to middle income countries.

Pearls is a privately owned, diversified company with a pan-Indian presence, formed in 1983. Since that time, the Pearls Group of companies has created a versatile property portfolio of master planned townships, residential apartment projects, retail shopping malls and state-of-the-art office complexes.

Among India’s largest private landholders, Pearls has been quietly at the forefront of the Indian property sector creating the future infrastructure to cater for the nation’s surging economic growth and development.

It also holds broader interests in infrastructure and construction, the media, film production, education, health care and hospitals, agriculture, food and alcohol distribution and insurance. Pearls is committed to quality, value and innovation – giving the company a natural affinity with its partner in Pearls GRT, Global Road Technology.

For more information or further media enquiries please contact:
Sean Braybrook, Account Manager, Shac Communications, Ph: 07 5504 5758 M: 0406 961 067 E:

Ben Skinner, Director, Global Road Technology Australia, M: 0403 568 071.

Sean Braybrook
Shac Communications
PO Box 10709
Southport, QLD 4215
07 5504 5758