Semester one 2017 equivalent full-time student units (EFTSU) compared with the same period in 2016.
Navitas records 2017 semester one growth
Global education provider Navitas has announced eight per cent growth in student enrolments across its University Partnerships Division for the first semester of 2017, compared with the same period in 2016.

The number of full-time students for 2017 was 19,047, with the highest increase in enrolments at Australian and New Zealand colleges which rose by 14 per cent.


The highest share of students at Navitas's centres was in Australia/NZ at 53 per cent, followed by North America (23 per cent), the UK (15 per cent) and the rest of the world (nine per cent).


Commenting on the figures, Rod Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Navitas, said, "Growth across Australia and New Zealand colleges has been very pleasing and has been supported by Australia's globally competitive student visa regime, the continued delivery of high-quality outcomes across our colleges and the steady improvement of a number of newer colleges in the region."


As well as recently renewing contracts with the University of Canterbury in NZ, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia, Navitas also partnered with Edith Cowan College in Australia in September 2016.


In North America, enrolments grew by four per cent, which Navitas said was due to the sustained demand for higher education programmes in Canada and the US, although the global provider added that figures were hampered by an increase in visa rejection rates in the US.


"Canada's student visa and immigration regime, coupled with its high quality universities, continue to prove very attractive to international students around the world, while the top two destination countries, the US and UK, have moderated growth following tightening of government immigration policies," said Rod. 


Enrolments in the UK grew by one per cent compared with semester one of 2016, a slightly stunted increase which Navitas put down to the country's restrictive student visa regime.


"It was pleasing to see the UK House of Lords vote in favour of removing international students from net migration figures recently and, although the amendment must be supported by the House of Commons to take effect, it is a sign that support for the international education sector in the UK remains strong," noted Rod.



By Georgina Deacon
Staff Journalist