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Canterbury University and Navitis Struck Deal

author:Courier Mail

AUSTRALIA'S largest English language trainer, Navitas, has struck a deal with New Zealand's University of Canterbury to set up a college for international students in a bid to double the percentage of foreign students at its Christchurch campus.

Perth-based Navitas and the university will establish a new department dubbed UC International College that will offer a number of programs, including commerce and engineering, to recruit and prepare international students for study at the university.

Students who successfully complete courses at the college will be eligible to continue their studies in undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Canterbury.

The agreement, signed yesterday, will be for a period of five years with a further five-year extension option.

Navitas was selected through a public tender process as the preferred partner to establish the new college, which will open in the second half of this year.

University of Canterbury vice-chancellor Rod Carr said the agreement would help the university boost the number of international students, which had fallen since earthquakes struck the region in 2011.

"This deal with Navitas is one contribution by UC to widen efforts to boost the number of international students who choose to further their studies in Christchurch and shows our support for the recovery of Christchurch and the economic recovery of the Canterbury region," he said.

Navitas chief executive Rod Jones said the company looked forward to working with the university to open UCIC and increase the number of high quality options available for overseas students.

"With our commitment to support and quality academic outcomes, students who graduate from UCIC should thrive at the University of Canterbury, where they will be further prepared for future success," Mr Jones said. 2012