5 Questions With Dr. Brian J. R. Stevenson CEO, President Of Navitas’ University Partnerships North America Division.

  1. What is Navitas?

Navitas is a world leader in developing and providing educational services and learning solutions to accelerate the internationalization of university campuses. We are a global organization with 39 partnerships in Australia, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, delivering programs to more than 80,000 students each year. We partner with 10 forward-thinking institution in the US and Canada – including Florida Atlantic University – to deliver academic pathway programs that provide international students with greater opportunity and access to high-quality learning experiences and bring global perspectives to the university community.

  1. Tell us about yourself and your new role.

In my role as the president and CEO of the university partnerships North America division of Navitas, I will work in collaboration with our university partners to continue to provide high quality international student pathway programs that facilitate student success in their respective colleges and universities. Previous to this role, I served as president of Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada, where I led a number of successful internationalization, infrastructure, and enrollment initiatives. Prior to taking the helm at Lakehead, I served the University of Winnipeg as provost and vice-president (academic). In addition to my time in academia, I have also served in several foreign policy-based positions in Canada and Washington, D.C., and am bilingual in Spanish and English.

  1. What is Navitas’ role with Florida Atlantic University?

Since 2015, Navitas has partnered with Florida Atlantic University to deliver the FAU Global Student Success Program. The GSSP offers a unique first year experience for international students that features small class sizes, enhanced student support and personalized student advising. Students from around the world attend the FAU Global Student Success Program in pursuit of their goal of achieving a degree at FAU, bringing valuable diversity and perspective to the FAU campus which benefits international and domestic students alike as well as faculty, staff and the local community.

  1. You are currently the 2018-19 Fulbright Research Chair in the US-Mexico Studies Center of the School of Public Policy and Study at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). What does that mean?

I was honored to serve as the Fulbright Research Chair at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies,

a policy research institute based at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. In this role, I worked to complete a research project entitled “Reimagining NAFTA: What is Missing?” Working within the institute was a tremendous opportunity to be part of one of the largest fellowship programs in the U.S. for research on Mexico, and to support cross-disciplinary engagement within the academic and greater cross-border communities.

  1. What are your top three goals in your new role?

At Navitas, our top priority is always the student. We remain focused on continuing to deliver positive student outcomes and high quality student experiences as we support FAU in achieving its internationalization goals.