Below you will find a complete list of the universities that participated in NSAC Conference 2017. Click a logo to learn more about the university.
Below are the speakers for the conference, click on their picture to read about them.
Perhaps the most renowned educational institution in the world, The University of Oxford requires little introduction. The university is currently ranked first in the world by Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings and by Forbes’s World University Rankings. Oxford has the world’s largest university press in the world, the largest academic library system in Britain and operates the oldest university museum in the world. The university has educated numerous notable alumni, including 28 Nobel prize laureates, 27 Prime Ministers of the UK and many governmental and state leaders around the world. Furthermore, the University of Oxford is of a very international character with connections to almost every country in the world and 40% of its faculty being from overseas. To represent the University of Oxford this year, is Alice Parrott.
Alice Parrott joined the University of Oxford as a Student Recruitment Officer in 2016. She focuses on applications from Europe, and is therefore particularly well-equipped to guide NSAC participants. Since graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Development Studies from the University of Sussex, Alice has gained considerable experience within the education sector, including roles in career advices, schools liaison and student support.
Sciences Po, which offers programmes taught in French and English, is France's leading university in the field of Political science and it is ranked as the world's 4th best school within this field in the QS University rankings. The alumni of Sciences Po includes a lot of notable public figures, such as seven of the last eight French presidents, heads of international organisations such as WTO, IMF and the UN, and six CEO’s of France’s 40 largest companies. The university is renowned for its several dual degree programmes with distinguished partner institutions - many of which also were represented at the NSAC Conference 2017. Dual Degree Programs are often considered being the improved version of Exchange Programs, and therefore Sciences Po truly is a good choice for the ambitious Nordic student. For the second year in a row Cécile Marin represented Sciences Po at the conference.
Cécile has several years of experience working with recruitment of international students and international relations at Science Po Paris, ENSTA ParisTech and Université Panthéon Assas. At Science Po Paris, she is leading cooperation projects with Russia, Northern Europe and the UK and is therefore familiar with the concerns and questions of Nordic students. She holds two Master's degrees: One in international relations from Science Po and one in International Studies from INALCO, where she currently also is a PhD student.
London Business School is one of the most prestigious business school in the world. Located in the heart of London, it draws on the cultural diversity and dynamics of the financial capital city of Europe. It is consistently ranked as one of the best business schools in the world and was in 2016 ranked 1st in Europe by the Financial Times and 2nd by QS World University Ranking in business and management studies. Since LBS only offers studies at the postgraduate level, the institution will be of most interest to undergraduate business students as well as undergraduates from other fields looking to pursue an masters degree after graduation. Nicoleta Chiriac, Recruitment and Admissions Manager at LBS, represented the University for the second year in a row at the NSAC Conference.
Nicoleta Chiriac holds a BA in Law and Business from the University of Greenwich. Nicoleta has several years of experience working with recent university graduates at the University of Greenwich and currently London Business School. At London Business School, she leads European recruitment for the Early Career Programmes (Masters in Management, Global Masters in Management and Masters in Financial Analysis) and is therefore familiar with any questions and concerns from European students.
Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is widely regarded as an elite university across all faculties, and Times Higher Education ranks it the highest among all universities in Australia. The university, which is famous for its residential college system, has been the home of several Australian prime ministers as well as Nobel laureate scientists and renowned contemporary philosophers such as Peter Singer. Samantha Fossey traveled across the globe to speak about the unique benefits of pursuing a degree in Australia, and highlight why the University of Melbourne is a top choice when it comes to premium education abroad.
Samantha Fossey has received her bachelor’s as well as her master’s degree at the University of Melbourne, where she has also been employed for more than 5 years. With years of experience within international recruitment, she was well-equiped for answering all of the questions from the curious participants at the conference.
University College London is the oldest university in London has ever since its founding been considered among the absolute best research institutions in the country. In 2017, UCL ranked number 7 in the world in QS World University Rankings. UCL is an international university with more than a one-third of the university's students being international, hailing from approximately 150 different countries. The list of alumni of UCL includes the famous inventor Alexander Graham Bell, one of the co-discoverers of DNA’s structure, Francis Crick, and and a total of 29 Nobel prize laureates. Furthermore is UCL academics responsible for the discovery of five naturally occurring noble gases, co-discovery of hormones, invention of the vacuum tube and much more. The university’s Latin motto translates to ‘Let all come who by merit deserve the most reward.’, which perfectly fits the achievements of the university's students, staff and alumni. This year, UCL was represented by Benjamin Harris.
Benjamin Harris joined UCL in February 2016 and is responsible for the university’s recruitment and marketing across Europe. Ben therefore often presents to European students one day and meet with one of UCL’s worldwide partner universities the next. Before joining UCL, Ben was employed at Imperial College Business School, where he was responsible for recruiting students to MBA and MSc programs.
The MIT Sloan School of Management is the business school of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The school emphasizes innovation in its practice and research and many influential management and finance ideas such as Theory X and Theory Y, the Solow-Swan model and Black-Scholes model have originated at this school. Furthermore, the faculty has included numerous Nobel laureates in economics and John Bates Clark Medal winners. The MIT Sloan School of Management is part of the M7 group of elite MBA programs in the US, alongside business schools such as Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton, and its MBA programs are considered to be among the most selective in the world. This year, MIT Sloan was represented by Rod Garcia, the Senior Director of Admissions at the institution.
Rod has been responsible for the recruitment, selection and enrollment of MBA students at MIT Sloan School since 1988. Rod, who has attended the NSAC conference several times before, informed the participants about the school’s admission process, its programs and the university itself. In the past, Rod has facilitated both professional and educational opportunities for NSAC participants and team members. Since MIT Sloan only offers postgraduate programs, their presentation was primarily directed at current business school students or students from other faculties looking to pursue an MBA.
New York University is a world-wide university and operates universities such as NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. NYU also operates multiple educational centres across the entire world. Among the faculty and alumni are 37 Nobel Laureates and its alumni includes heads of states, royalty, influential mathematicians, inventors, media figures, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and even astronauts. At NYU, Abu Dhabi, students who receive an offer of admission will also receive a financial aid decision at about the same time, due to the University's commitment to ensuring students and student families take on no debt in financing their education. In order to commit to this principle, the university practices a need-blind admission. According to recent data, there is roughly an $30,000 average in scholarship grants/awards for first-year students.
Mikael Perreau represented New York University and NYU Abu Dhabi at this year's conference. Mikael Perreau graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and he currently works as the Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at New York University, where he is responsible for international outreach and admissions for NYU and NYU Abu Dhabi. Acting as one of the primary contacts for NYU and NYU Abu Dhabi admissions, Mikael Perreau was able to help many ambitious students at NSAC 2017.
The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest and most renowned institutions in the world. It is famous for many contributions to society through the pursuit of education and research at the highest international level. The university is consistently considered to be among the absolute best in the world and is currently ranked as number 5 in the world by QS University Rankings 2018. The University of Cambridge also proves its incredible prowess by being the institution with the most subject rankings in the top 10’s, according to QS University Rankings. The University of Cambridge has been affiliated with 95 Nobel laureates, 15 British prime ministers and 10 Field medalist, through the University’s students, alumni and faculty. This year's representative of Cambridge University was the Senior Admissions and Outreach Officer at Christ’s College, Kristy Guneratne.
Kristy, who studied languages at Cambridge University herself, has been working in Cambridge University admissions and outreach for more than eight years, where she has been finding and helping students from the entire world, who are interested in studying for an undergraduate degree at Cambridge University. Kristy has supported numerous international students by email correspondences, visits and applicant support, and did the same for the NSAC Conference 2017 participants.
The University of British Columbia is one of the top universities in Canada and is consistently ranked as one of the top 20 public universities in the world. Furthermore, UBC is the home to Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, a laboratory which houses the world’s largest cyclotron. Among its current and former faculty and alumni are seven Nobel Prize laureates, 65 Olympic medalists and 3 Canadian prime ministers. Naturally, UBC is a sought after university on an international level and nearly one-third of its students are international. Maki Natori represented the University of British Columbia at this year's conference.
Maki holds a bachelor degree in Commerce with a specialization in Marketing from UBC, where she also has been working at for the past 20 years. She is the International Recruiting and adviser for Undergraduate programs, and travels and recruits students from all over the world.
Highly ranked in both UK and international league tables, the University of St Andrews has teaching and research very much at its heart. Steeped in tradition with a global outlook and one of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK, St Andrews offers postgraduate students excellent research-based teaching in a welcoming and international community.
Currently third in the Guardian’s league table and in the top 100 of the QS World Ranking, St Andrews is a research-intensive university, with our academic staff bringing their research directly to the lecture theatres. Our close-knit community of just under 2,000 postgraduate students represents over 140 different countries and territories and our alumni live and work all over the world. Whether you intend your degree to help you start a career in industry or continue on to further study, a degree from St Andrews is recognised globally for its quality.
Stefanie Eminger joined the international Admissions team after completing her BSc and PhD in Mathematics at St Andrews. She represented St Andrews at this year's conference, and was able to explain why the Scottish university system differs from that in the US or in England.
The University of Hong Kong is the highest ranked university in its region. Being located in Hong Kong, the city described as Asia’s World City, it is situated in one of the world’s leading financial centres, an international hub for business and is considered for many, the gateway to China. The main teaching language in HKU is English and the University has an impressive list of dual degree options in collaboration with some of the world's top universities. Being a research driven university, HKU is able to boast itself with 111 professors ranked as the world’s top 1% scientist by Thomson Reuters. Furthermore, The University of Hong Kong had the first team in the world, which successfully isolated the corona virus, which is the causative agent of the disease SARS. Admission to HKU is highly competitive; in 2012 the university received over 70,946 applications, for undergraduate studies, of which 23,852 were from outside Hong Kong schools’ system
Prof. John Spinks is currently Senior Advisor to the President at The University of Hong Kong (HKU), and Director of Undergraduate Admissions, with responsibilities for admission strategies and operations, as well as global student recruitment. He is also involved in developing collaborative academic programmes with leading universities around the world. He was earlier the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Student Affairs) at HKU, and Executive Director for U21Global based out of Singapore. He works with governments, universities and schools throughout many Asian countries. While his discipline is Psychology, he has run workshops and seminars across Asia, and given keynote speeches, on quality assurance in education, particularly in e-learning, as well as in strategic marketing. His academic research has included work on educational prediction and assessment. He is the recipient of an Honorary Fellowship from the Open University of Hong Kong.
Yale University is a private research university, one of the oldest universities in the United States and a member of the prestigious Ivy league. TopUniversities ranks Yale University as the world’s 4th best within Law and Legal Studies and THE University Rankings ranks Yale University as the world’s 12th best University. Yale has also graduated many notable alumni. These alumni include five U.S Presidents, 19 U.S Supreme Court Justices, 20 living billionaires and many high-level US politicians and diplomats. Furthermore, has Yale been affiliated with 57 Nobel laureates, five Field Medalist and many other impressive individuals. Furthermore, at Yale University, its liberal arts model allows undergraduate students to undertake world-class interdisciplinary education when pursuing their degree.
Dr. Keith Light, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, represented Yale at the NSAC Conference 2017. Dr. Light has an AB at Stanford University and has received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard. Before coming to Yale, he has worked in admissions at multiple top universities in the US, including Stanford, Harvard, Brown and Princeton. At Yale, he supervises applications from a long list of countries across the globe, making him the perfect fit to answer any questions you might have about applying to Yale.
The University of King’s College London is regarded one of the world's top multidisciplinary research universities in the world and it is ranked 21st by the QS World University Rankings and 36rd by THE World University rankings in the years of 2016/17. King’s College London is especially renowned for its health and pharmaceutical programmes and as well as the department of social sciences. Furthermore, is the University associated with 12 Nobel laureates and considered to be part of the unofficial grouping of British elite universities called the “golden triangle”. Additionally is King’s College London the home to King’s College London Students’ Union, which is the oldest student union in London and it governs more than 260 student societies and activity groups.
Rachael Hitch has graduated from Royal Holloway University with a BSC in Geography and an MSc in Quaternary Science. She joined King's College London as a Higher Education Liason Officer in January 2017. Her position entails visiting Schools and Colleges across the UK, where she provides information, advice and guidance to students looking to apply to the university. Furthermore, as well as supporting KCL's European recruitment team, Rachael oversees the running of KCL's student ambassador scheme and the teacher and careers advisers events.
Rasmus Schjødt Pedersen
Rasmus holds his bachelor from Københavns Universitet. After completing his bachelor's degree in Denmark, Rasmus went to Harvard Kennedy School for his masters on a scholarship from the Crown Prince Frederik Fund.
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