Andrew Atherton joins Navitas to lead on developing transnational education offer

28th Feb, 2020   Feature story:

Navitas is excited to announce the appointment of Professor Andrew Atherton as Global Director Transnational Education (TNE). Andrew will also play a key role in supporting the University Partners Europe (UPE) division on business development opportunities in Europe.

Navitas has a well-established TNE offering, managing international campuses for Curtin University, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University and Lancaster University. The appointment of Andrew Atherton will strengthen this capability and benefit both current and new partners looking to realise their internationalisation ambitions. Andrew has been involved in TNE for many years, establishing campuses in China and Europe and expanding existing presences in Ghana and Malaysia by growing student numbers, supporting growth in the course portfolio, and encouraging research to underpin teaching.

“International managed campuses present the greatest opportunity for today’s global universities and we know from our existing TNE operations, the benefits they can deliver for our partners” said Scott Jones, Group CEO. “I am delighted to welcome Andrew to our team. As one of the world’s leading TNE experts, Andrew will help us create immense value and insight for our partners as we help them reach more students in more locations around the world”.

Andrew has over twenty-five years of experience in Higher Education, and has held multiple senior leadership positions in Universities since 2006. Most recently, he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee, and before that Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lancaster. He was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, and Director of the Enterprise and Small Business department at the University of Durham. He has also worked in strategy consultancy and founded his own business in the US.

Andrew has degrees in Chinese and economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Yale University, as well as a PhD in enterprise and small business policy. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and is actively publishing in the fields of enterprise, small business and entrepreneurship in China. He has published in many of the leading journals in small business, entrepreneurship and business, and in 2018 co-authored the book ‘Entrepreneurship in China’.

“Joining Navitas, a world leader in educational partnerships with universities, is an exciting and logical next step for me”, says Andrew. “All universities operate in a highly globalised environment, and those that succeed are embracing the diversity and opportunities that come from being transnational institutions. The best universities recognise the importance of engaging globally, and use this international outlook to inform their teaching, research and ethos. They see themselves as part of a global community, inspiring future generations through higher education and addressing the world’s challenges and problems through research. At Navitas, I am looking forward to working with universities worldwide to expand their TNE presence.”

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