The partnership aims to accelerate Ryerson’s internationalisation goals by growing and diversifying its international student population; improving international students’ academic outcomes; broadening the university’s international programs and services, and enhancing its global reach and reputation.
“Even more students from around the globe will have the opportunity to pursue their HE goals at a leading Canadian university”
The cornerstone of this partnership is the introduction of a pathway program for international students designed to ease the transition to a Canadian university environment.
To be known as Ryerson University International College, the program will comprise academic course content, study skills development, and wraparound social and academic support systems.
Students who complete the RUIC first-year program successfully will be eligible to continue their degree studies in the second year at Ryerson University.
The university will retain control of all aspects of the RUIC academic program.
RUIC will also extend the Ryerson brand into key countries worldwide through Navitas’ extensive network of marketing staff in over 30 global offices.
Over the 10-year partnership, Navitas will leverage its international network and track record of academic success to bolster Ryerson’s ambitions as outlined in its Internationalisation Strategy and new 2020-25 Academic Plan.
“This partnership with Navitas marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Ryerson that will better position the university to broaden its global perspectives, and enrich the learning experiences for international and domestic students alike,” said Mohamed Lachemi, president and vice-chancellor at Ryerson University.
“Canada remains a preferred destination for international students because of its high-quality post-secondary institutions, welcoming environment and a strong commitment to global education. Ryerson University embodies these values,” added Brian J.R. Stevenson, president and CEO, Navitas North America.
“With the launch of Ryerson University International College, even more students from around the globe will have the opportunity to pursue their higher education goals at a leading Canadian university.
“We look forward to supporting students as they commence their studies at RUIC in the coming months and welcoming them to Toronto once borders safely re-open,” he added.