“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”


Drew Newport

Job summary/responsibilities

Connecting with universities globally to help them diversify and grow their international student body, as well as providing them challenging insights on international student mobility and ways to grow quality and retention of their international cohort.

General introduction/background

With over 17 years of Higher Education experience Drew is a specialist in working with University partners from around the world. 

His experiences vary from working at Russell Group Universities in the UK, to leading an international student recruitment team across six countries and regions in Asia. Most recently being the Managing Director for the largest higher education study abroad agency in Japan, managing a team of 60 and working in partnerships with over 300 global institutions.

With a track record of successfully working in the education industry, on student recruitment and collaborative partnerships, and is skilled in Business Development. 

Key challenge

The challenge which will need to be overcome in this role, which is a good challenge but is, where to start? With over 5000 universities and colleges in the English-speaking world most if not all, would benefit in partnering with Studyportals now and in the future.

Favourite Listed Programme

I do have a personal favourite and I am sure there is some bias here, as I am currently studying this course at the moment. It would be the University of Essex Online MBA Degree, which I started during lockdown in 2020. The course offers a wide range of subjects taught by enthusiastic and engaging academics and is accredited by AMBA.  Even though the course is online, I have connected with classmates from around the world and feel like I have got to know them quite well even though we have never met in person – a definite benefit of an online course that can replicate in person interaction.