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I am delighted to invite you to join us at the 2018 Navitas Business Partners Conference, to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from Monday 29 October.

The theme for our conference this year is Re-Imagining Partnerships, which we think is timely given the nature and scale of change that exists in our industry today. During the event, we will focus on changes that are happening in sales and marketing at Navitas, at our agent partners and in the sector generally.

Over the 3 days of the conference and through a series of activities and workshops, we will look to develop new perspectives on how to grow and succeed, in partnership, in the complex international education eco-system of today.

To confirm your attendance at this invitation-only event, please register by Friday 31 August. This invitation is offered to select partners only and is not transferable.

I look forward to seeing you in Colombo.

Tom Hands
General Manager, Global Recruitment

Monday 29 October
All delegates arrive
17.00 - 18.00:Conference registration for all delegates
Evening Free
Tuesday 30 October: Conference Day 1
09.00 - 09.30:Welcome and opening plenary
09.30 - 10.30:Interactive group experience: Exploring the Partnership Eco-system
10.30 - 11.00: Morning Tea
11.00 - 12.30: Concurrent Re-imagining sessions (35 minutes per session) – 2 sessions
  1. Re-imagining the Agent Partnership
  2. Re-imagining Sales as Partnership
  3. Re-imagining Partnerships through Market Insights
  4. Re-imagining the Student Partnership
  5. Re-imagining the University Partnership
12.30 - 13.30: Lunch
13.30 - 15.00: Concurrent Re-imaging session (continued)
– 2 sessions
15.00 - 15.30: Afternoon Tea
15.45 - 16.30: Concurrent Re-imaging session (continued)
– 1 session
16.30 - 17.00: Day 1 closing plenary: Re-imagining Partnership Opportunities
17.00:Networking time
17.30 - 20.30:Sunset drinks and Welcome Reception at the Shangri-La
Wednesday 31 October: Conference Day 2
09.00 - 09.45: Day 2 opening plenary: Re-imagining Partnerships Inside - Out
09.45 - 10.30: Opportunity groups: Re-imagining Opportunities, Partnerships in Action
10.30 - 11.15: Morning Tea
11.15 - 11.45: Opportunity groups: Re-imagining Opportunities, Partnerships in Action (continued)
11.45 - 12.30:Day 2 closing plenary: Clearing the way for
Re-imagining Partnerships
12.30 - 13.30: Lunch
13.30 - 15.30:Team Building Activity
16.00:Meet in hotel lobby for off-site dinner
21.00: Dinner concludes and return to hotel
Thursday 1 November: Conference Day 3
08.30 - 13.00:One-on-one speed networking meetings
(pre-scheduled via Conference App)
08.30 - 13.00:Seminars
10.30 - 11.00:Morning Tea station
13.00 - 14.30:Lunch
09.00 - 12.30:Off-site workshop sessions
12.30: Return to hotel
13.00 - 14.30:Lunch
14.30 - 15.30:Day 3 closing plenary: Re-imagining Partnerships Now
15.30 - 15.50:Final wrap and thank you
18.30 - 19.00:Pre-Dinner drinks
19.00 - 22.30:Awards Dinner (Theme: Touch of Green)
Friday 2 November
All delegates to depart

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Details in regards to how to download the Conference App will be provided shortly.

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!


Shangri-La Colombo

A photo of the JW Marriott Hanoi Hotel at night A photo of the JW Marriott Hanoi Hotel exterior

Situated in a prime waterside location and offering uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, the newly opened Shangri-La Hotel Colombo is in the heart of the financial and business district as well as a buzzing social hotspot with a rich history.

The hotel is located between Beira Lake and the Galle Face Green Promenade and is part of a new lifestyle development including an office tower, two residential towers, and a high-end shopping mall.  Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is minutes away from the largest exhibition centre in the country as well as local shops, restaurants and casinos, and is a 45-minute drive from Bandaranaike International Airport.

Introducing a new level of luxury in Colombo, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo features the most comfortable and luxurious rooms in the city. Exuding a sense of Oriental elegance, the 500 guestrooms and suites as well as 41 serviced apartments offer a personal sanctuary befitting a tropical escape in the city.

Getting from the Airport to the Hotel

Upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, please make your own way to the hotel (approx 33 kms) as transfers are not provided.  This will take approximately 45 minutes depending on traffic.

At the Arrivals Hall, please go to the taxi counter where you can choose from an air-conditioned taxi (USD18.00 approximately) or non air-conditioned taxi (USD16.00 approximately). Please request a taxi that takes credit card or ensure you have local currency available for a standard taxi.

On departure from Colombo, transfers are at your own arrangement, and can be arranged by the hotel staff on departure.


Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, a diverse and interesting city, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled successively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its architecture, mixing colonial buildings with high-rises and shopping malls. The imposing Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, borders sprawling Viharamahadevi Park and its giant Buddha.


Here’s what some of our attendees said about our 2017 Conference:

A good balance of networking opportunities, chance to meet with different agents, group sessions were good, team building was excellent and weaving the charity into the dinner was really effective.

A very impressive and worthwhile investment in people and organisations.

Well done to Navitas on conducting such an engaging and useful conference.

A great opportunity to be part of such a good cause.

A great session. It was good to dig into some conversations that would usually not take place in an office environment. A very useful session.

Was so good to have open discussions and dialogues.