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Exclusive: Oxford International new partnership

Oxford International, the private education provider, has agreed a new partnership deal with the University of Greenwich, in London.

Greenwich, seen from Isle of Dogs, is home to the National Maritime Museum, along with the University campus, is a UNESCO heritage site.

The first cohort at GIC will start in September 2018

The partnership will have Oxford International create the Greenwich International College, which will operate on the existing Greenwich university campus. OI will then provide a range of pathway programs to both prospective undergraduates and hopeful postgraduates.

“We pride ourselves on working collaboratively with our university colleagues to… support the needs of international students”

The companies are aiming to achieve over 500 enrolments to the new centre over the next five years.

The pathways will assist international students in gaining access to the university-proper, by “developing students’ university level study skills and their English language level,” according to a statement.

Undergraduate pathway graduates will be able to choose from degree subjects relating to business and management, engineering, science, computing, and social sciences and law.

Postgraduates who complete the pathway option and move on to the university itself will be able to choose from a range of degrees related to business and management.

The deal marks Oxford International’s fifth university pathway partnership in the UK. The other partners are Bangor, De Monfort (in Leicester), the University of Dundee and the University of Bedfordshire.

The University of Greenwich said the deal was done to improve its global attractiveness and boost international recruitment, according to vice-chancellor David Maguire, in a statement seen by The PIE News.

David Brown, president and co-founder of Oxford International said the each part of the centre would be run collaboratively between his company and the university, adding that Greenwich was chosen as a “natural fit” to the existing OI portfolio of university international colleges.

“With each partnership we pride ourselves on working collaboratively with our university colleagues to deliver an attractive range of programs that support the needs of international students,” he added in the statement.

The value of the deal was not disclosed by the parties involved.

The first cohort will start in September 2018, and recruitment is now open for the first pathway courses.

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