09/11/2009 - 14:36

Navitas' MOU with Charles Darwin Uni

09/11/2009 - 14:36

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Education services provider Navitas has secured a memorandum of understanding with Charles Darwin University, enhancing the company's global presence to develop further educational programs.

Education services provider Navitas has secured a memorandum of understanding with Charles Darwin University, enhancing the company's global presence to develop further educational programs.

Navitas already has various university partners in eight countries around the world which provide university pathway programs and English language courses, including Curtin University and the University of Adelaide in Australia.

Potential collaborations from the MOU signed today include delivering the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP); pathways to degrees through the University; delivering English language training in Dili and potentially developing vocational education and training (VET) in response to the labour force development needs of Timor Leste.

The MOU also suggests there may be bridging programs for internationally qualified nurses.

While no binding formal agreements have been signed, both parties hope to have discussions and due diligence finalised by 31 May 2010.

Navitas chief executive, Rod Jones said Navitas, through its subsidiary the Australian College of English, already enjoys an excellent working relationship with Chrales Darwin University through the ACL Darwin English Centre.

"Navitas looks forward to building on this existing relationship with the University and to explore additional ways in which we can work together to develop further educational programs which will be for the betterment of the local community," Mr Jones said in a statement.

Charles Darwin Universirty Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover said he was looking forward to exploring a range of programs and opportunities over the next six months.

"The Memorandum of Understanding is an important step towards a long-term relationship between Navitas and CDU," Mr Glover said in a statement.

 

 

Full announcement below:

Navitas Limited (ASX: NVT) is pleased to announce that it has executed a memorandum of understanding with Charles Darwin University (University) to explore opportunities to develop a co-operative program of educational activities.The educational programs under consideration include:

1. Collaboration between the parties to deliver the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). Discussions will include the opportunity to collaborate on a joint tender for the Language, Literature and Numeracy Program (LLNP);

2. University preparation and Foundation pathways to University degrees;

3. Innovative education solutions designed to deliver flexible, high quality solutions to increase transition, participation and retention of indigenous and lower socio economic students for higher education;

4. Sharing resources and expertise to deliver English language training in Dili and to advance opportunities for vocational education and training (VET) and higher education in response to the labour force development needs of Timor Leste.

5. Bridging programs for internationally qualified nurses.

Chief Executive Officer Rod Jones said, "Navitas, through its subsidiary the Australian College of English, already enjoys an excellent working relationship with the University through the ACL Darwin English Centre."

"Navitas looks forward to building on this existing relationship with the University and to explore additional ways in which we can work together to develop further educational programs which will be for the betterment of the local community".

Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover said, "We are looking forward to exploring over the next six months a range of programs and opportunities with a view to developing education and training outcomes for a wide range of people both in the Territory and in our immediate region".

"The Memorandum of Understanding is an important step towards a long-term relationship between Navitas and CDU".

The parties will aim to have discussions and due diligence finalised by 31 May 2010 but, to date, no binding formal agreements have been signed.

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