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Navitas strikes sixth UK deal

GLOBAL education services provider Navitas will open its sixth college in the United Kingdom later this year as it executes a deal with the University of Plymouth. The Plymouth Devon International College will start operating in September and will offer pre-university and pathway programs for students seeking to gain access to the university’s courses. As is the case with other new colleges, Navitas anticipates that it will take 18 months before the college reaches operational break even. Costs will be incurred in the period before the college opens in September, however Navitas said it is not expected to exceed £200,000 ($A443,891) in the 2009 financial year. The latest agreement comes nearly two weeks after Navitas agreed to establish International College Portsmouth with the University of Portsmouth in the UK. Navitas also operates the Cambridge Ruskin International College, Hertfordshire International College of Business & Technology, International College Wales Swan and the London International College of Business & Technology, all in the UK. Last month, Canada’s McMaster University College called off its deal with Navitas to establish a college due to higher student enrolments, which have put pressure on the university’s classrooms and facilities.

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