Meet Damian Owen, who is the Programme Manager for International Diploma, and also teaches economics content on the course.
“I think one of the great advantages within the International Diploma is the range of staff to deliver on the course are also international; they’ve had international business experience. We’ve got staff from Ghana, we’ve got staff who have worked in Germany, Russia and China, so we’re able to fully understand students’ backgrounds.
“We make sure is that students get a very hands-on approach to the subject matter. The research techniques that we give to students are appropriate for undergraduate level, and we coach and mentor our students to make sure that they are fully ready for their second and third years at university.
“Often in the first year at university you can be lost in a huge lecture theatre. At INTO, we’re able to have a lot of one-to-one support and allow students to use their presentation and team-working skills within the course.
“We always say that the advantage in coming to INTO Manchester is the high level of support. Our students have a huge benefit, particularly for research, and are applied in areas of narrow, niche content that they wouldn’t normally get within the university framework.
“I think the biggest thing that I notice when students from arriving here to leaving INTO is the confidence levels that they have, the confidence to interact with local students within Manchester or within the UK.
“In so many respects, it sets them up for the rest of their life, because we are moving into times where students are going to have globalised jobs, multinational jobs and be used to dealing with several languages.
“I think the whole journey that the students have here at INTO really does set them up for an international business lifetime.”