GLOBAL education services provider Navitas has entered into a deal with Scotland’s Napier University to establish the Edinburgh International College. The Mt Pleasant-based company said the executive group of the university has formally approved the establishment, subject to negotiation of a formal agreement, which the university is currently negotiating with its own key players and academics. Navitas managing director Rod Jones said Napier’s strong international profile and geographic location were the driving forces behind the arrangement coming together. “This deal with Napier is one of a number we have on the go and in the next few months we expect to announce two other actual agreements in the UK to begin taking students in September later this year,” Mr Jones said. With 14,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, Napier University operates from seven main campuses located close to Edinburgh city centre. Navitas is now the largest provider of university pathway education, teaching more than 12,000 students on campuses at 10 universities around the country. The company recently opened a new campus in Singapore with Curtin University and plans to establish colleges in Canada and the UK. Navitas is also the largest provider of English language programs to international students, teaching about 16,000 students each year.
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