North America’s enrollment growth surpasses goals, reflects worldwide trends

15th Nov, 2016   Feature story:

Navitas today announced an increase in enrollment across its North America partnerships. Fall 2016 enrollment grew by 6 percent overall and includes students from 89 countries. The announcement comes as both the U.S. and Canada celebrate International Education Week.

The volume and quality of students are a testament to continued demand by international students to pursue higher education in both the United States and Canada. According to the 2016 Open Doors Report, released this week by the Institute of International Education, international student enrollment increased by 7.1 percent in the 2015-16 compared to the prior year.

"Higher education leaders understand that a key part of their mission must be preparing students for a global marketplace. Our institutional partners have made the commitment to internationalization as a way to provide greater access to high-quality education and to ensure their classrooms, and their campus, reflect our diverse, connected world," said Bev Hudson, President, Navitas North America. "We are proud to support and provide strategic guidance to our partners so they can achieve these noble missions."

"We expect the U.S. and Canada will continue to be top destinations for international students because of the quality of educational opportunities in both countries. We are committed to helping match our partner institutions with the right students to make the experience positive for all involved and we work closely with our U.S. and Canadian partners to build extensive support that allows international students to thrive academically and socially," said Gretchen Bataille, Senior Academic Advisor, Navitas North America.

The Navitas investment in international education extends far beyond affording students increased access, with emphasis on quality of educational delivery and student satisfaction. Those investments are measured by positive student outcomes and high retention rates across Navitas' North America programs. 2015-16 results show a 91% retention rate across its North America Pathway programs and an exceptional 97% pass rate for graduate Pathway students in particular.

Navitas has more than two decades of experience establishing successful Pathway programs around the world and was the first to launch such a program in North America, at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Navitas has supported more than 30 universities across the globe in their efforts to achieve sustainable growth by cultivating a more diverse and internationalized campus.

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