Thursday Twente Pathway College, operated by Navitas and partner University of Twente, celebrated the launch of the new College. This milestone was celebrated in the soccer stadium Grolsch Veste, together with the students and staff of Twente Pathway College and University of Twente. By turning on the lights ‘TPC’ the new pathway college was officially opened by College Director Stephen Orme and Faculty Dean of the University of Twente prof. dr. Jennifer Herek.
235 students from 50 different countries across the globe will start their International Foundation Year at the UT campus. The tailor-made foundation year programme is arranged by the Australian company Navitas and gives international students a sound basis for participating in academic education at the University of Twente. Stephen Orme, of Twente Pathway College, explains the importance of the cooperation between the UT and Navitas: “The cooperation between University of Twente and Navitas, reflected in the opening of Twente Pathway College, is about long-term strategic goals. A partnership focusing on quality, academic skills, integration and student support, will prove a valuable contribution to the university’s sustainable internationalization goals. Our focus and dedications are with the learning needs of our students, in the academic sense and the wider support.”
Jennifer Herek of the UT emphasizes the relevance of the Pathway Programme: “We have high ambitions when it comes to internationalization. Twente Pathway College, operated by Navitas, is strengthening our commitment to educating global citizens. We recognize that international students can have extra challenges, which is why this International Foundation Year is a great preparation both academically and culturally and personally. A soft landing into the Netherlands and into the University of Twente."
This celebration contributes to that soft landing. The new Pathway students are excited, they easily make contact with each other and the staff of Twente Pathway College and the UT. They are eager to dive in their ‘new’ lives in Enschede.