Navitas announces new partnerships

20 April, 2015

Global provider Navitas has announced new partway partnerships with the University of Northampton in the UK and the University of Western Sydney, Australia.

The University of Northampton's Park Campus will host Navitas's latest UK pathway college

The 10-year partnership with the University of Northampton, Navitas’s 10th university agreement in the UK, will see the establishment of a pathway college for international students at the institution’s Park Campus. It is scheduled to open as the University of Northampton International College in October, subject to regulatory approval on naming and formal listing as an embedded college by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI).

The college will offer undergraduate pathway and pre-master’s programmes across a range of academic disciplines including business, accounting, arts, sciences, engineering, sports performance and law.

Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor at the institution, said, “The University of Northampton currently welcomes more than 1,000 international students from more than 100 countries every year. Students joining us can expect to find high-quality academic teachings, first-class resources and a friendly, supportive learning environment. Once approved by UKVI, the partnership with Navitas will create a vibrant and successful international college on campus.”

“We are confident about the future of international education in the UK and that this will better position us for future growth in that region,” said Rod Jones, CEO of Navitas.

According to recent Navitas data from its Northern Hemisphere University Program division, UK enrolments for the first semester of 2015 increased by only one per cent, compared with stronger growth in the USA and Canada, with regulatory changes cited as impacting on recruitment trends.

In Australia, Navitas has entered into a 50:50 joint venture with the University of Western Sydney (UWS) to establish a pathway college for international students on the university’s premises in Parramatta.

Both parties will commit a maximum of AUS$2.5 million (US$1.9 million) to the establishment of UWS International College (USWIC), which will be aligned with UWS’s existing pathway college and is set to deliver diploma and foundation programmes including business, communication, engineering and IT from October 2015. Students successfully completing programmes will be eligible to continue onto full degrees at UWS.

“The University of Western Sydney and Navitas have a strong strategic and cultural alignment which will provide a solid base for a successful international pathway college in Western Sydney, a region that is currently under serviced for international students,” said Jones.

UWS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover, said, “It connects our international students with the vibrant growth centre of Parramatta, providing all the benefits of a CBD location – transport, social and cultural amenities, and access to other important infrastructure. In 2017 UWS will also open a new high-rise campus in the heart of Parramatta.”

Navitas currently offers over 30 pathway programmes in the Australia, the UK, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

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