Navitas co-founder Rod Jones receives Lifetime Achievement Award
30th Aug, 2019 Feature story:
Navitas founder and Chairman, Rod Jones, has been awarded this year's AFR Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr Jones started working in private education in 1989, and five years later launched PIBT (now Edith Cowan College) with co-founder Peter Larson. And so the company that later became Navitas was born. Over the years, under his leadership and unrelenting focus on student experience and student outcomes, Navitas has helped to transform the lives of thousands of students from around the world.
Judges for the award recognised Mr Jones's unwavering commitment to education and his creation of a business model that showed private investment could work alongside publicly funded universities.
The award was endorsed by several important figures in Australian higher education, including the Vice Chancellors of Murdoch and Curtin universities and the Minister for Education – as you can see in this video produced by the AFR to mark the presentation of this prestigious award.
Previous winners of this annual award have included thought-leader university vice-chancellors such as Ian Chubb (ANU) and Glyn Davis (University of Melbourne). Former VC of the University of South Australia, Denise Bradley, was recognised for a lifetime of contribution, including her leadership of the 2008 Review of Australian Higher Education (the Bradley review) that paved the way for the demand-driven university funding system. And economist Bruce Chapman similarly was lauded for devising Australia's income-contingent student loan system (HECS) that has been adopted internationally.