Canterbury University partners with ASX-listed Navitas to lure foreign students

The University of Canterbury has partnered with ASX-listed Navitas as part of its strategy to double the percentage of foreign students enrolled to study.

No financial details of the five-year agreement were provided.

Perth-based Navitas and the university will establish a new entity called UC International College to recruit and prepare international students for study at the university. It will open later this year.

Navitas offers pre-university and "university pathway" programmes from 30 colleges in Australia, Britain, the US, Canada, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Africa, according to its statement to the ASX.

Vice-chancellor Rod Carr says lifting the international student population was "a key strategic development for the university this year".

"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 says.

Enrolments at Canterbury tumbled after the earthquakes in the region. The government has a goal of lifting the ratio of foreign undergraduates in New Zealand to 15 percent from 8 percent within 10 years.

Shares of Navitas were unchanged at $A4.77 on the ASX today and have gained 31 percent in the past 12 months. The stock is rated a "hold" based on the consensus of 11 recommendations compiled by Reuters.

(BusinessDesk)

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When Canterbury University starts raising the entry bar and insists that all faculties stretch their students academically so that graduation is truly earned it may become a more attractive place for high calibre foreign fee paying students. This would, of course, involve a massive reduction in the number of students but would elevate the university's prestige and its international reputation. This is unlikely, though, as the university is, like the polytechnics and most other NZ universities, all about bums on seats and keeping the staff employed, hence the addiction to foreign money. Until someone with the leadership and mettle is prepared to make the politically unpalatable decision to reverse the explosion in student rolls and departments that has taken place over the past few decades and do away with its wasteful and embarrassing media and branding campaigns Canterbury University will continue to be seen (correctly) as a bloated, mediocre provincial university that struggles to attract talented students and lecturers. The emergence of low-cost online universities and the growing realisation that degrees are now so common they are no longer a ticket to a decent, meaningful job may well force universities like Canterbury to become a bit more imaginative and less reliant on foreign cash cow students, many of whom are unsuited to the demands of a Western university education. Canterbury University needs to shrink, not grow!

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I don't think you know what you are talking about. Certainly the university roll has dropped substantially since the earthquake. I'm pretty sure it increased only marginally in the previous several decades though I haven't been able to locate the numbers.

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Anon is pretty much 100% accurate with his observations. Many New Zealand unis and polytechs (or failed unis) are obsessed with raising the "profile" of their latest CEO or PR director, and are obsessed with expensive rebranding campaigns to try to rob potential students from each other. It's time to merge all of the polytechs into one entity, and to reduce the number of universities in New Zealand to one or two.

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US universities and colleges are reaching out, too. An interesting new book/ebook that helps those coming to the US is "What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to understand crazy American culture, people, government, business, language and more”. It paints a revealing picture of America for those foreigners who will benefit from a better understanding. Endorsed worldwide by ambassadors, educators and editors, it also identifies foreigners who became successful in the US and how they contributed to our society. It has a chapter that explains how to be accepted to an American university and cope with our new culture, including friendship and classroom differences they will encounter. Half of foreign students stay here after graduation. It has four chapters that explain how US businesses operate, a must for those who will work for an American firm or with a foreign firm in the US environment. It also has chapters that identify the most common English grammar and speech problems foreigners have and tips for easily overcoming them. However, most struggle in their efforts and need guidance from concerned Americans and books like this to extend a cultural helping hand so all have a win-win situation. www.AmericaAtoZ.com

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A significant challenge in attracting foreign students is convincing parents, sponsors, funders, etc, that there are robust pastoral care plans in place that can track all transactions of a student entering and exiting NZ, as well as engaging with any NZ training institution and the local community they operate in.

A data management "gap" has been identified and raised with my company so we are looking into the possibility of working with a prominent education institution to establish a presence in this market. It is a market with good prospects.

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Aren't universities just property companies with a gov't guarantee?

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