Today the Queensland Institute of Business and Technology (QIBT) officially becomes Griffith College.

The renaming of the pathway college, a partnership between Griffith University and leading education provider Navitas, will see it integrate more closely with the University to help students turn their dreams into a reality.

It comes as thousands of school-leavers across the state are considering their career options for 2016, with the release of Overall Positions (OPs) less than two weeks away.

Griffith University Vice Chancellor and President Professor Ian O’Connor said Griffith College was a formidable extension to Griffith University and provided a key pathway to university education for hundreds of students.

“Griffith College will be a premium pathway provider with articulations to more than 50 Griffith University majors delivered on campus at Griffith University providing students with full access to University facilities.”

“This will be a very important transition into University for students who might not meet the initial entry criteria.”

Griffith engineering students Tim Alroy.

Griffith engineering students Tim Alroy.

Griffith University electrical and electronic engineering student Tim Alroy started as a mature aged student with Griffith College and today holds an Electrical Engineering Scholarship from Ergon Energy, which sees him currently working in Brisbane over the summer period.

“I didn’t have the required mathematics skills to gain direct entry to University, I worked as a tradesman for many years while I tried to figure out how I could become an engineer and then I found this fantastic alternate option,” he said.

“I really liked the smaller class sizes and I believe I was very well equipped coming straight into second year at Griffith University.

Navitas and Griffith University have successfully collaborated — through QIBT — since 1997 providing pathway courses for more than 13,700 domestic and international students.

Students who may not have the full prerequisites to undertake a university degree can attain the required levels by studying with Griffith College, before qualifying for immediate entry into a Griffith University degree – often with advanced standing.

Griffith College, located at Griffith University’s Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt campuses, offers a range of courses such as business, commerce, science, criminology, engineering, design, health sciences, hotel management, information technology, media and communications.

Navitas Group CEO Rod Jones said that renaming the successful college was just another step in an already successful and strong partnership.

“To be able to build on our significant relationship with Griffith University even further by aligning our college name and brand is a great opportunity and will enhance the experience of current and future students,” he said.

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