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Navitas agree to acquire Christchurch College of English Limited

Global education services provider Navitas Limited (ASX: NVT) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Christchurch College of English Limited (CCEL).

Established in 1991 as a private provider in Christchurch, New Zealand, CCEL is the University of Canterbury’s official on-campus English language provider with colleges in Christchurch and Auckland.

CCEL offers a range of English courses including General English, Business English, IELTS and Cambridge Exam Preparation and English for Academic Purposes and currently has approximately 350 students across its various programs.

CCEL has been the sole English language provider for Navitas’ pathway college, UC International College, since it opened in 2013. Since then CCEL, the University and the college have worked under a single institutional approach to grow student numbers and deliver high quality student outcomes.

“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,” said Rod Jones, Group CEO of Navitas.

He continued, “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.”

John Wood said the acquisition will strengthen Navitas’ offering to international students looking to study in New Zealand.

“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 program at one of the country’s premier universities,” he said.

“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 obtaining customary regulatory approvals, and a satisfactory outcome of a periodic audit by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, which are expected by December 2017.

About Navitas
Navitas is a leading global education provider that offers an extensive range of educational services through three major Divisions to students and professionals including university programs, creative media education, professional education, English language training and settlement services. Navitas is an S&P/ASX200 company.

Dean of Christ Church, Oxford visits UC

The Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, visited Ōtautahi Christchurch this month to meet with city leaders from the city’s civic, iwi and educational institutions, to strengthen historic ties between Christ Church and Ōtautahi Christchurch.

The Dean of Christ Church Oxford, the Very Reverend Professor Martyn Percy speaking at UC last week.
The Dean of Christ Church Oxford, the Very Reverend Professor Martyn Percy speaking at UC last week.

During several days in Ōtautahi Christchurch, the Very Reverend Professor Martyn Percy, accompanied by his wife, the Revd. Dr Emma Percy, Chaplain and Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford met with Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews as well as senior representatives from Ngai Tahu, UC and Christ’s College.

At the civic reception he was presented with a certificate recognising him as an Honorary Citizen of Christchurch, the first to be awarded following a CCC policy resolution earlier in the week.

UC hosted a visit from Professor Percy that included a series of events and seminars with UC students and staff. On 11 August, Professor Percy met with UC staff, students and members of the community to discuss Christianity and contemporary culture.

IMG_0517 - Martyn PercyUC is keen to strengthen the relationship between Christ Church, Oxford, and Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand, according to UC Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera Dr John Wood, himself an Oxford graduate.

“There are important on-going connections between Christ Church, Oxford, and Christchurch, New Zealand, especially at the University of Canterbury. These ties date back to the earliest origins of the university and continue to this day in the UC mace and the Wakefield Scholarship,” Dr Wood says.

IMG_0552 - Martyn Percy“The history of both the University and our city, and the ties that underpin that history, are crucial to our sense of identity. Both the mace, made from ancient oak from the Big Tom Tower, and the Wakefield Scholarship are wonderful symbols of our very significant relationship with Christ Church, Oxford.”

Established after the Canterbury earthquakes in 2011, the Edward Gibbon Wakefield Doctoral Scholarship supports a PhD candidate studying humanities or creative arts at UC to undertake funded research at Christ Church, Oxford, for a year.

Immediately after the quakes, Oxford University generously offered places for dozens of UC senior scholars from the humanities and law to spend a term studying at Oxford. Thirty-six students travelled to the United Kingdom, with travel funded by UC, were admitted to a college at Oxford and provided with free accommodation and tuition for the Trinity term (April-June).

UC will return the hospitality, when a group of Oxford studetns arrives at UC next month.

Read more about the historic ties between Christ Church and Ōtautahi Christchurch

Consultation on International Education Strategy

The draft International Education Strategy for New Zealand to 2025 has been released for consultation.

It was developed with input from the international education sector, including an online survey and a series of workshops in 2016 to identify the future challenges and opportunities of international education in Aotearoa New Zealand.

ENZ and the Ministry of Education are leading the strategy development. The draft strategy has been published on the ENZ website (external link)

Feedback options include an online survey, a series of workshops for the sector, and a session on the draft strategy during the NZIEC conference on 22 and 23 August.

Consultation will close on 31 August 2017. The strategy will be finalised and an implementation plan developed for launch towards the end of the year.

Gardner Memorial Lecture

This year’s Gardner Memorial Lecture is hosted by the Canterbury History Foundation, and features Dr Evgeny Pavlov speaking about Russia and Putin, and the centenary of the 1917 Revolution.  I

Exorcising Revolutionary Ghosts:
Putin, Patriotic Consensus, and the Centenary of 1917.

Sunday 23 July at 2pm
in the Jack Mann Auditorium,
College of Education, Solway Avenue, Ilam.

Free parking available.

The lecture will be followed by the presentation to Margaret Harper of the 2017 Rhodes Memorial History Medal.

Free afternoon tea provided (but donations are always welcome.)

Dr Jane Goodall inspires 

Environmentalist, humanitarian and the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees Dame Jane Goodall took time in her Aotearoa New Zealand tour to inspire Canterbury students of all ages, from primary-school age up to UC students in the Student Volunteer Army (SVA) last week. SVA President Jared McMahon shares his impressions of the encounter below:

Most 83 year olds have done a fair bit of living, having survived the Second World War, the Cold War and now the war on terror. They’ve experienced an unparalleled explosion in connectivity, through invention of the worldwide web and the advent of the information age, but few could lay claim to a life so full of living, that it rivals the extraordinary journey of Dr Jane Goodall.

The Student Volunteer Army executive, members of our high school programme from Cashmere High and St Andrew’s College, along with students from Sumner School, were lucky enough to meet Dr Goodall recently and talk with her about a range of issues, from animal rights activism and climate change, to a society struggling to deal with apathetic youth, and what these issues may mean for our future.

In 1960, at just 26 years old, Dr Goodall set up a study of chimpanzees in Gombe Stream Tanzania, that has continued on for over 55-years and seen her become not only the world’s foremost expert on Chimpanzees, but an ardent campaigner for conservation efforts and increasingly a voice for social change. Meeting Dr Goodall was a remarkable experience, as she shared with us her stories from Gombe Stream and also her thoughts about the future.

There were several points made by Dr Goodall that really resonated with me and many of those present. The first being of the vital need to swiftly and decisively change the way we treat our planet, its animals and its people.

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Dr Goodall used the quote “we have not inherited the plant from our ancestors, we’ve borrowed it from our children”, she then went on to say she believes this is wrong and instead, “we’ve stolen it from them, and we’re still stealing”. For the young people in the audience it was hard not to reflect on some of the political, economic and social decisions made in the decades before and since our birth, and how these decisions might impact our future, had we been stolen from?

Her fight against apathetic youth was the second key message that really struck a chord with the audience, mentioning numerous times that “the greatest danger to our future is apathy”. Dr Goodall, at 83 years old, spends roughly 300 days a year travelling the world promoting the idea to young people of how absolutely critical it is that they engage and participate.

It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear these words from Dr Goodall herself and to share in some of the wisdom that a life so well lived can bring.

Student Volunteer Army (SVA) executive members with Dr Jane Goodall during her visit to Christchurch.
Student Volunteer Army (SVA) executive members with Dr Jane Goodall during her visit to Christchurch