UPDATE 1.20pm: Shares in Navitas were firmer after the education services provider revealed a 20 per cent increase in enrolments across its university programs colleges in the northern hemisphere.
The company announced 5909 full-time equivalent enrolments for the first semester for all its colleges in the UK, US and Canada.
Enrolments at the company's UK colleges were up 19 per cent, the US was up 36 per cent and Canada up 17 per cent on the previous corresponding period.
Navitas chief executive Rod Jones said northern hemisphere colleges had grown enrolments strongly, building a very solid foundation for the second half.
"Although not a key intake period for northern hemisphere colleges, such consistent growth bodes well for future enrolment numbers and for the performance of the University Programs Division," he said.
Student numbers for the southern hemisphere colleges, and the full University Programs Division, are scheduled to be released in late March.
Navitas shares closed up 17 cents, or 2.33 per cent, at $7.48.