Oxford International launches new uni partnership

12, February, 2015

Global provider Oxford International Education Group (formerly ISIS Group) has announced a pathway agreement with Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), becoming the group’s second university partner in the UK.

The new Canterbury International Pathway College website

The Canterbury International Pathway College (CIPC) will be based at the university’s campus in Kent and will offer programmes to international students at foundation, first-year undergraduate and master’s level in Media, Art and Design, and Business. Successful students are guaranteed progression onto eligible degree programmes at the university.

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of CCCU, which currently has around 1,300 international students in a 20,000-strong student body, said, “Oxford International is a company whose values align with our own: to transform individuals, communities, society and the economy through the power of higher education.

“We live in a global world, and the Canterbury International Pathway College gives us a chance to reach more students and transform more lives at an international level.”

Robert Darrell, Joint CEO of Oxford International, said, “This is a very natural partnership for us. Our aim is to give students exactly what CCCU offers: an authentic, enriching and ultimately transformative university experience.”

Last year, Oxford International unveiled its first university agreement, the Leicester International Pathway College (LIPC) in partnership with De Montfort University. The company said international student recruitment was high and the successful progression rate was near 100 per cent in the first year of operation.

“By investing in carefully selected university partnerships, Oxford International is building upon its existing reputation for quality education provision; firmly cementing its plans to become the best mid-sized international education provider in the UK,” said Darrell.

Commenting on future growth of the company into pathway provision, fellow Joint-CEO, David Brown, said, “At Oxford International, we believe in quality, not quantity. We are leading a new wave of development in the sector, one that focuses on providing the highest possible standards to our partners and our students.

“We are aiming to establish up to six university partnerships over the next three years. With these partnerships we can deliver real value, focussing on attention to detail and looking to extend our non-prescriptive partnership approach into other areas such as student mobility.”

The CCCU partnership follows recent acquisitions of d’Overbroeck’s, an independent boarding school in Oxford, and Eurocentres San Diego in the USA. Last year, the group sold a minority stake to a private equity firm in order expand its network of schools and programmes.  

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