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Thank you all for attending the 2018 Navitas Business Partners Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka. On behalf of our CEO, David Buckingham, and the Conference Working Committee, we’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone for the great commitment, participation and spirit that people brought to the event. We leave Colombo energized and excited about reimagining the international student recruitment ecosystem in which we all co-exist.

My personal highlights were:

  • The challenging but fruitful discussions held on the first 2 days around 5 key areas of our student recruitment ecosystem that we felt need reimagination:
    • Education Advisor-Navitas-University Partner Relationships;
    • Data-Driven Decision Making;
    • Engaging Students in the Recruitment Process;
    • Stakeholder Training and Awareness Techniques;
    • Program Development in Partnership with the University;
    • I look forward to reporting back to 2019 conference attendees on Navitas’ progress in addressing a number of key issues raised during these sessions.
  • The unique experience of learning how to create a children’s book…..then having it illustrated…..then reading our work back to groups of amazing little people…..then helping Room to Read raise over A$23,000 to support childhood literacy programs in Sri Lanka.
  • Our annual awards night, at which the incredible performances of education advisers, university partners and Navitas staff were recognized and rewarded.

A huge thank you to the facilitators of the sessions on Day 1, who came from all areas of our ecosystem, including our superstar student representative Ms Amanat Sandhu from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.

I’d also like to point out the contributions of the wonderful Working Committee and The Events Authority, who, while working in the background for most of the event, are the ones that make everything work so smoothly prior to and during the event. Tony, Fiona, Jodie, Chau, Mitch, Greg, Sharon, Peter, Sharn and David – on behalf of all the attendees thank you very much for your time and effort.

Thank you again and see you next year!

Best wishes


Tom Hands
General Manager, Global Recruitment

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Through the Navitas Education Trust, we have been investing in the futures of children in low income countries in supporting their access to education. In Sri Lanka we partnered with Room to Read, a global non-profit organisation dedicated to transforming literacy and gender equality in education. Along with the construction and establishment of new school libraries, we have also sponsored the publication of their children’s books.

Stories affect how we live our lives, how we see other people, how we think about ourselves. The stories we read are the stories we believe, and today millions of children are growing up, absent from the pages of books.

From a young age, children absorb the world around them, constantly looking for themselves in the narratives they hear. Yet how can a young Syrian refugee or a rural Tanzanian girl imagine themselves as heroes if they never see themselves on the page? How can you dream big, when every story you’ve read has made you feel small or, worse, invisible?

Through Room to Read’s book publishing program they create a space for children to discover their extraordinariness. Children need books that reflect and legitimise their experiences. Their books equip children with the tools they need to see themselves as heroes in their own stories – whether as the next Black Panther or a Laotian village principal. As children thumb through the pages of our books and discover new possibilities for their futures, tomorrow’s real-life superheroes will emerge.

Increasing access to quality reading materials is also a crucial piece in combating illiteracy. As educators ourselves we know that in this a world, we desperately require literacy for success and survival. However, as Room to Read has found, due to the scarcity of culturally-relevant, local language children’s books, early readers often find empty libraries and bare classroom bookshelves.



If you would like to receive a high resolution version of your illustration completed during the Team Building Activity, please make a small donation via the below link and send through a copy of your receipt to Jodie.lindsay@navitas.com and we can arrange to send via email.



Thank you to our Partners


Publisher’s Internationale is Australia’s leading independent audience delivery company.

Our exclusive agreements and affiliations with leading media groups provides opportunities for marketing and advertising across more than 3,000 domestic and international media.

  • Domestic and international media market planning
  • Exclusive agreements with the world's leading media companies
  • Owned media algorithms and programmatic
  • Senior teams with local client service
  • PR and Events
  • Digital audience delivery and measurement
  • Content and native
  • Research and insights



IDP is a global leader in international education services. Our success comes from connecting students with the right course, institution and country.

We’ve been operating for close to 50 years, creating a huge network of opportunity with offices in over 30 countries.

In 2017, we acquired the Hotcourses Group, a leading student engagement platform.

We are also a proud co-owner of IELTS and operators 11 English language teaching campuses across South East Asia.



StudyLink Connect is a comprehensive online application and admissions management solution. Applicants and agents are able to track applications throughout the admissions process, while admissions users benefit from workflow improvements, increased productivity and less manual data entry. The result is a system that delivers advanced reporting, shorter turn-around times and improved acceptance conversion rates.

“StudyLink really understand higher education in general and especially international student admissions, that translates into a fit for purpose international admissions system.”
Kathy Humphrey – Director International Administration, Macquarie University.

“StudyLink Connect has had a huge impact on international admissions.”
Aleicia Shekhar – Deputy Director of Systems and Operations, UniSA International.


Cambridge English and OET

Cambridge English Language Assessment is part of the University of Cambridge. We develop and produce the most valuable range of qualifications for learners and teachers of English in the world. Over 5 million people in 130 countries take our exams every year. Around the world over 20,000 universities, employers, government ministries and other organisations rely on our exams and qualifications as proof of English language ability. Cambridge English exams are backed by the work of the largest dedicated research team of any English language test provider.

Cambridge English Language Assessment – a not-for-profit organisation.


The Occupational English Test (OET) is the English language test for the healthcare sector, assessessing the language proficiency of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise in an English-speaking environment. The test helps regulators, employers and educators select professionals with the right level of English proficiency to deliver safe and high-quality care.

OET is recognised as proof of English proficiency by major healthcare boards and councils in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Singapore, Namibia and Ukraine. It is also accepted in Australia and New Zealand for visa and immigration purposes.

OET covers all four language skills (writing, speaking, reading and listening) and is available monthly in 40 countries. It assesses the English language skills of 12 different health professions, from nursing and medicine to dentistry and optometry.

OET is owned by Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessment, a venture between Cambridge English Language Assessment and Box Hill Institute, Australia.

For more information visit: www.occupationalenglishtest.org


Enroly is a venture-backed EdTech company created to improve international recruitment for students and our network partners around the world.

Enroly provides a number of products to universities and agents including a GDPR compliant SAAS referral platform, an audit-proof visa service for high-risk markets, and an agent-oriented lead management system.

In 2018 we’ve helped students in 47 countries with their enrolment at 76 universities.

“Enroly’s peer-to-peer recruitment platform is an exciting innovation for international student recruitment. The platform is also a great example of how technology can be used to drive efficiencies, and better outcomes for students and the industry”
Mary Curnock-Cook - former UCAS CEO



The PIE is an independent media and recruitment company offering a market-leading portfolio of services for professionals working in international education.

Our flagship website The PIE News is a widely read and highly trusted source of news and business intelligence about the global international education industry. Our readership and client base includes people working for educational institutions, education agents, service providers and government bodies.

At educator level, our readers include business leaders and owners, directors, sales and marketing, recruitment and admissions staff working at higher and further education institutions, language schools, high schools, international schools and boarding schools.



Hotcourses (an IDP company) is the world’s largest course database and is a leading resource tool for over 47 million of students around the world who are looking for study abroad advice, guidance and course and provider information. Our network of market and language specific websites provides a platform for education providers to engage and connect with their desired audiences and target markets, with advertising campaigns offering simple and effective digital marketing with recruitment solutions. In addition our market intelligence tool insights provides invaluable data on search trends at a local, national and global level.



Chinesys is an HR consultancy that specialises in international education.
We assist universities and international education companies to identify, recruit and retain marketing, recruitment and business development professionals at all levels in North Asia and especially in China.

Our extensive talent database coupled with deep knowledge of labour market trends and regulations enables us to both advise institutions on their talent acquisition strategy, and likely costs, and assist them in finding the right people to represent them in country.

For more information or advice visit www.chinesys.com


The international Graduate Insight Group (i-graduate) provides the global benchmark for the student experience.  We deliver comparative insight to the education sector worldwide, helping institutions deliver a world-class student experience to enhance competitive advantage. Since 2005, we have worked with over 1400 institutions across 33 countries and have gained feedback from over 3 million students.

Our benchmarking tools cover the entire student journey, from application to graduation. Our flagship International Student Barometer (ISB) has been implemented by the world’s leading universities to track and enhance the student experience.

Visit www.i-graduate.org to find out about our full range of products.


Printcraft have been proud suppliers to Navitas across their print and logistics requirements within Australia for over 6 years. We value our relationship very highly and we have tried to always fine-tune and improve our print and related service offering. As the largest independently owned Brisbane based printer, we recognise that innovation is the key to our survival. So our competitive point of difference is offering a genuine ‘solutions package’ to our customers.

We wish all delegates a fun and valuable learning experience at the 2018 Business Partners Conference.


The Events Authority / The Travel Authority

The Events Authority is a group of highly experienced events specialists who thrive on providing unique, innovative and memorable experiences. We are part of The Travel Authority Group, a leading and award-winning Travel Management Company, and specialise in meetings and events, conferences, incentive trips, team-building programs or special events. We look forward to seeing you in Colombo this year!


Congratulations to all of our 2018 Award winners.

Outstanding Partner Australia
EIC Education

Outstanding Partner Canada

Outstanding Partner New Zealand
JJL International Education

Outstanding Partner Singapore
Sun Education

Outstanding Partner UK
British United

Outstanding Partner USA
Krishna Consultants

Outstanding Partner ACAP
IDP Education

Outstanding Partner SAE

Outstanding Partner Navitas English
IBN Education

Marketing Innovation Award
Your Future Burns Brighter - Curtin Singapore

Country Team of the Year

CEO Award – University Partner of the Year
Griffith University

CEO Award – Sales and Marketing Leadership
Neil Fitzroy

Outstanding Partner Worldwide
IDP Education

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