University Of Newcastle signs pathway agreement with Kaplan
University of Newcastle in Australia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with international pathway provider Kaplan to create a pathway into the university for international students.
With the MoU, Kaplan will provide ‘solutions’ to international student engagement activities and recruitment processes for University of Newcastle.
Newcastle says the MoU was sealed following an internationally-competitive procurement process led by a multidisciplinary panel, where proposals were scored on criteria focusing on student experience and innovation in teaching and learning.
Confirming the agreement, Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, Vice-Chancellor of University of Newcastle, said in a statement said that together the partners hoped to strengthen their global reach and build on combined networks and resources.
“As we have all experienced in the past 6 months, the world is changing at a pace we’ve never before seen, and that change is requiring us to look at how we carry out education and training. High-quality education will always be crucial to helping people stay relevant in an innovative, competitive, and fast-paced world.
“Following a competitive procurement process, we are happy to announce that we have selected Kaplan to deliver a high quality innovative international pathway program that spans the breadth of the University’s undergraduate and postgraduate programs.”
First suite of Newcastle and Kaplan pathway programs to commence 2021
University of Newcastle revealed that the first suite of Kaplan pathway programs will be rolling out in 2021. Exact dates will be announced in the near future.
Professor Zelinsky explained: “In normal circumstances, we’d see more than 7000 international students joining our University each year. While we know this won’t be the case in the short term, establishing this relationship is crucial for our long-term plans.
“As one of the largest educators in Australia and globally, Kaplan recognises that professional acumen isn’t found in the pages of a book but in developing practical, applicable skills and knowledge and that networks, support, and opportunity underpin career success. Kaplan focus on developing strong and successful partnerships aimed at delivering mutual benefit.”
Kaplan currently operates in more than 30 countries and serves more than 1 million students annually through its global operations.
Kaplan will focus on providing ‘quality education and a distinctive student experience’
Reflecting on the partnership, Rob Reagan, Managing Director of Kaplan ANZ, noted: “We very much look forward to working with The University of Newcastle, initially focusing on supplementing the university’s own recruitment efforts to maximize and expand the pathway opportunities available to international students to earn a University of Newcastle degree.
“We then hope to leverage the breadth of assets across both parties to challenge the current educational landscape with a view to innovative new offerings across the sector. At every step, both Kaplan and The University will be focused on providing quality education and distinctive student experience.”
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