Navitas to acquire Christchurch College of English
Global education group Navitas has entered into an agreement to acquire Christchurch College of English Limited (CCEL) in New Zealand.

CCEL is the University of Canterbury's (UC) official on-campus English language provider with colleges in Christchurch and Auckland.


It offers a range of English courses including General English, Business English, English for Academic Purposes, Ielts and Cambridge Exam Preparation, and currently has approximately 350 students across its programmes.


CCEL has been working in partnership with Navitas' UC pathway college, UC International College (UCIC), which opened in 2014.


UCIC provides first-year courses to international students, allowing them entry into the second year of a UC degree on completion, and CCEL has been its sole English language provider. 


Rod Jones, CEO of Navitas, said, "This acquisition allows Navitas to increase the depth of our offering to our partner university, while also expanding our footprint in the key international education destination of New Zealand.


"CCEL is a well-regarded New Zealand brand and has a very strong reputation as a high quality education provider with the highest possible quality rating from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)."


Stewart Brougham, UCIC College Director and Principal, commented, "Today's announcement will help create a seamless pathway for international students looking to transition from English language training to foundation studies, and ultimately into a pathway programme at one of the country's premier universities."


He added, "The integration of CCEL operations also creates the opportunity for us to develop new education services outside Christchurch, leveraging the tremendous reputation that CCEL has built in the New Zealand market."


The acquisition is subject to customary regulatory approvals and a satisfactory outcome of a periodic NZQA audit, which are expected by December 2017.


By Jared Tinslay

Editorial Assistant