Navitas reveals university programme growth

23 March, 2015

Global education provider Navitas has revealed a nine per cent increase in enrolments for the first semester of 2015 for its Northern Hemisphere University Programs division, and has also announced extensions to partnerships with the University of Massachusetts (UMass) at Dartmouth and Lowell in the US.

Navitas' Northern Hemisphere University Program equivalent full-time student units (EFTSU) for 2009-to-2015. Source - Navitas

The nine per cent rise in students at Navitas’ pathway colleges in the US, UK and Canada meant the division reported 6,432 equivalent full-time student units (EFTSU), the company said in a release, compared with 5,909 in the first semester of 2014.

However, the enrolment data revealed disparities of growth between the countries. The Canada-based colleges recorded a 16 per cent in EFTSU, the US network of colleges increased by 15 per cent, but enrolment at UK colleges rose by only one per cent.

Navitas said the reduction of the visa refusal threshold for colleges in the UK in late 2014 had impacted on enrolments. As recently reported, a UK university has had its Tier 4 license to recruit non-EU students suspended for breaching the refusal limit.

Rod Jones, Group Chief Executive Officer of Navitas, said, “Growth across the Northern Hemisphere region has been somewhat tempered by moderating enrolments in the UK, but fundamentally interest in studying in the key destination countries of Canada, the US and the UK remains strong.”

Meanwhile, Navitas has renewed agreements with UMass Dartmouth and UMass Lowell, extending both partnerships for five years and adding to the previously reported extension with UMass Boston. Navitas provides pathway programmes to transition international students onto the second year of degree programmes at the universities.

Ahmed Abdelal, UMass Lowell Provost, said, “We have had a wonderful partnership that brought diverse international students from 40 countries to UMass Lowell, thus increasing our diversity in accord with out strategic plan.”

Commenting on the renewed partnership, UMass Dartmouth Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Mohammad Karim, said, “We see it playing a pivotal role in the internationalisation of the university. By now we have a gorgeous facility in Fall River downtown to facilitate progression of Navitas students; it will allow our international students to have an immersive and authentic American experience.”

Jones added, “Discussions with potential new university partners in several key countries continue to progress and the recent renewal of all three University of Massachusetts agreements is a tangible endorsement of the benefits of the University Programs model.”

Headquartered in Australia, Navitas also provides pathway programmes in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, as well as creative media, professional education and English language training.

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