AUT named best busi­ness ed­u­ca­tor

Auckland City Harbour News - - Life Styles -

AUT Busi­ness School has been named New Zealand’s best busi­ness ed­u­ca­tor at the Vero Ex­cel­lence in Busi­ness Sup­port Awards 2008.

Around 96 per­cent of New Zealand busi­nesses are small-to-medium sized and the awards recog­nise or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als that sup­port them.

AUT’s real-world approach to teach­ing its busi­ness de­gree stu­dents was key to its suc­cess in the awards.

This in­cludes strong links with in­dus­try lead­ers who also con­trib­ute to cur­ricu­lum de­vel­op­ment, cou­pled with a unique stu­dent co-op in­tern­ship pro­gramme and an em­pha­sis on stu­dents cre­at­ing real and suc­cess­ful busi­nesses which have to post a profit.

An­other fac­tor was the Busi­ness School’s build­ing which was code­signed by Busi­ness Dean, Pro­fes­sor Des Gray­don. Stu­dents sit around ta­bles in small pur­pose-built class­rooms which en­cour­ages dis­cus­sion with teach­ers and each other.

BDO Spicers chair­per­son Ju­dith Stan­way says the awards cel­e­brate the best in New Zealand busi­ness sup­port.

“BDO Spicers is con­tin­u­ally im­pressed by AUT’s abil­ity to take the pick of in­ter­na­tional best prac­tice mod­els and im­ple­ment them in the highly com­pet­i­tive New Zealand ed­u­ca­tion mar­ket,” she says.

“In par­tic­u­lar the co-op place­ment pro­gramme is widely recog­nised as de­vel­op­ing work-ready grad­u­ates with a real un­der­stand­ing of the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.”

The awards were an­nounced at a black tie gala din­ner last night at­tended by Min­is­ter for Small Busi­ness the Honourable Clay­ton Cos­grove and New Zealand’s lead­ing SMEs.

The AUT Busi­ness School was one of 48 fi­nal­ists in 11 award cat­e­gories rang­ing from large busi­nesses, pub­lic private sec­tor part­ner­ships and not­for-

En­trants in the ed­u­ca­tion provider cat­e­gory in­cluded the Univer­sity of Otago, Lin­coln, Massey and Can­ter­bury univer­si­ties, The Knowl­edge Gym and The Re­sults Group.

Vero In­sur­ance chief ex­ec­u­tive Roger Bell says through their sup­port, the award win­ners have given New Zealand com­pa­nies a com­pet­i­tive and sus­tain­able edge.

“The AUT Busi­ness School joins the pres­ti­gious list of award­win­ners that demon­strate in­ter­na­tional lev­els of best prac­tice in their busi­nesses and have qual­ity sup­port as a key ‘point of dif­fer­ence’,” he says.

Fi­nal­ists were cho­sen af­ter a “rig­or­ous and ob­jec­tive eval­u­a­tion” by the New Zealand Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Foun­da­tion which man­ages the awards and the win­ners rep­re­sent the top of the crop, he says.

AUT Tech Park (now AUT In­no­va­tion Park) was a fi­nal­ist in the High Growth Sec­tor.

To find out more about the AUT Busi­ness School’s pro­grammes and grad­u­ates, please go to the web­site: www.au­tuni. ac.nz

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