Navitas acquires stake in University of Canberra College

20 May, 2015

Global provider Navitas has announced an agreement with the University of Canberra to purchase a 51 per cent share in its pathway college, which will be jointly owned and operated by the two partners.

The University of Canberra College, to be jointly owned and operated with Navitas

The AUS$4.9 million (US$3.8 million) agreement will see Navitas help University of Canberra College (UCC) to improve competitiveness and boost both international and domestic enrolments. UCC will be governed by a board of directors with equal representation and an independent board chairperson.

University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global), Professor Simon Ridings, said, “This partnership is a crucial development in the university’s growth strategy. Navitas is a leader in collaborative university pathway programmes and this will be a highly productive and enduring alliance for the university.

“UCC has been delivering quality education to students for nearly two decades and this agreement will ensure we can continue to increase access to university and offer our programmes further across the globe.”

He added, “Staff will continue to be employed by the University of Canberra College and we look forward to an exciting period of growth and development ahead.”

UCC offers university pathways, English language and diploma courses to international and domestic students, with continuing studies in degree courses at the university available to students successfully completing UCC programmes. Diploma fields include business, business informatics, communication, design, information technology and science.

Rod Jones, CEO of Navitas, said, “The University of Canberra and Navitas both have a strong proven commitment to student experience and academic quality which will form the base of our new partnership.

“We look forward to working with the University of Canberra to offer more international students the opportunity to live and study in Canberra, recently voted one of Australia’s most popular destinations by international students.”

The acquisition is the latest announcement in a busy 2015 for Navitas, which so far this year has announced new partnerships with the University of Western Sydney in Australia and the University of Northampton in the UK, and renewed agreements with three University of Massachusetts (UMass) colleges

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