The University of Northampton is pleased to announce the execution of a ten year agreement with global education services provider Navitas Limited (ASX: NVT) to establish a University Programmes pathway college for international students.
Subject to regulatory approval on naming, and the college gaining formal listing as an embedded college at the University of Northampton by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), the college is scheduled to open in October 2015 as the University of Northampton International College.
The college will offer undergraduate pathway and pre-masters programmes across a wide range of disciplines, including business, accounting, arts, sciences, engineering, sports performance and law. Students who successfully complete the Navitas pathway programme will be eligible to continue their studies in undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Northampton.
The University of Northampton has a long history of educational excellence and was formed following the amalgamation of a number of technical colleges founded between 1924 to 1999. It was formally established as a University in 2005 and in 2014 was ranked by the Guardian as a top 50 UK university.
Offering a wide range of undergraduate degrees, foundation degrees, diplomas and a variety of postgraduate opportunities up to PhD level, the University of Northampton is one of only a handful of universities in the UK to offer some two year fast-track degrees, and also offers four-year extended degrees with a year in industry.
Rod Jones, Group CEO of Navitas, commented: “With the University’s focus on academic excellence and commitment to the student experience, we believe we can create a highly attractive and successful college in partnership with the University of Northampton.
“We are confident about the future of international education in the UK and this will better position us for future growth in that region.”
Professor Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton, commented: “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 resource and a friendly, supportive learning environment. Once approved by UKVI, the partnership with Navitas will create a vibrant and successful International College on campus.”
Photo: Marcus Allen, Director of Corporate Services at Navitas, Dr Ian Brooks, Executive Dean, Northampton Business School and Dr Libby Pearson, Director of Student Experience and Academic Quality at Navitas.