Message from Navitas CEO Rod Jones
1st Feb, 2017 Feature story:
The recent decision by President Trump to impose a travel ban on individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries has generated anxiety and uncertainty across the international education sector.
I take comfort in Navitas' long and deep history in international education – the more than twenty-three years we have weathered ups in downs in progressive, as well as short-sighted, immigration policies across the globe. This is the very reason we have operations in seven countries with more than 120 colleges and campuses, and recruitment staff in 27 regions with reach into more than 130 countries.
What concerns me, however, is the turmoil, fear and confusion that now occupies the hearts and minds of the students we serve. Students who are an integral part of the academic community in which they study, enriching their classrooms, advancing innovation and contributing significantly to their local economies.
Students currently studying at our US partner institutions deliver immeasurable value by broadening the worldview of their domestic counterparts, helping them develop cross-cultural skills, and preparing them to work in our global economy. And in turn, students educated in the US return to their home countries, bringing with them the knowledge and experience gained in America to benefit and enrich people in their own communities. It's this critical impact – on economies, policies, human welfare and diplomatic and trade relations – that transforms the education of international students from a public good to a valuable export that can drive job and economic growth in the US as well as abroad.
In 2017, internationalization is not just essential to a quality education, it is essential to our economic and social well-being. Despite the rhetoric, we cannot turn the clock back to a less globalized world. We must accept that we are a global community and work tirelessly to ensure that all students are prepared to face this reality.Internationalization is not just the right thing for students, but it is also in the best interest of our higher education institutions and the future of our global nations.
Our aim at Navitas is to provide opportunity and increase access to higher education for international students and international experiences for domestic students. For more than two decades, we have been committed to empowering and enabling international and domestic students to change the trajectory of their own lives through education. Our partners entrust us to help them attract ambitious scholars from countries all around the world, increasing global perspectives and enriching the educational experience for their entire campus communities.
Navitas remains proudly committed to welcoming international students who want to pursue their dreams of higher education in America. We support the Association of American Universities in supporting a visa system that "prevents entry by those who wish to harm us, while maintaining the inflow of talent that has contributed so much to our nation."
Navitas believes in a world where the power of diversity is celebrated. Regardless of whether or how you worship, where you come from or who you love, everyone's individual experience is what makes us stronger. We stand with our US university partners and all members of our global education community in defense of our shared values of inclusion, equity, curiosity about the world, and global engagement as core to academic excellence.
Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director