15 February 2017

Navitas and University of Canterbury strengthen ties

The University of Canterbury (UC) and global education provider Navitas have strengthened their partnership, reflected in a new UC International College (UCIC) logo.

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L-R: UC Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr cuts cake with Navitas Chief Executive Officer (University Programs Division) Dr John Wood.

The University of Canterbury (UC) and global education provider Navitas have strengthened their partnership, reflected in a new UC International College (UCIC) logo.

Navitas and UC have worked together since 2013, creating UCIC to provide pathway courses for international students. To date, more than 600 international students have enrolled in the programme.

UCICThe new UCIC logo features the University of Canterbury crest, andwas unveiled at a celebratory launch on 31 January. The logo is just one of many changes UCIC has made recently, which includes the appointment of Stewart Brougham as the new College Director and Principal.

Dr John Wood, CEO of Navitas’ University Partnerships Australasia division, said the changes signal a shift for both institutions.

“The service we offer international students, alongside the strengths Mr Brougham will bring as College Director, are a new chapter for Navitas and UC. We continue to explore further opportunities to enhance and extend programmes offered through UCIC,” he said.

Other changes include Qualifying for UC (QUC), a new postgraduate qualifying programme UCIC will deliver from October 2017. It is anticipated to draw international students seeking postgraduate study, but who first want to improve their language, research and project-based skills. UCIC has also changed its teaching practice to better transition students from international backgrounds into the Western university system, ensuring they are better prepared for tertiary study and life in New Zealand.

Dr Rod Carr, UC Vice Chancellor said their institution is interested in any initiatives that can help international students achieve success in tertiary education.

“UC is among New Zealand’s most international universities due to the ratio of international staff we have on campus. UC is a welcoming and supportive environment, no matter where in the world you come from,” said Dr Carr.

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L-R: Stewart Brougham (UCIC College Director and Principal), Dr Rod Carr and Dr John Wood.

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