Ter­tiary part­ner­ship

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

Stu­dents and in­dus­try would both ben­e­fit from a com­bined coun­cil gov­ern­ing both Whi­tireia Com­mu­nity Polytech­nic and Welling­ton In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, said the chair­man for both coun­cils, Roger Sowry, last week.

He said the pro­posal would draw on the strengths of both in­sti­tu­tions to give stu­dents eas­ier ac­cess to a di­verse range of pro­grammes, and would be a on­estop shop for in­dus­try in the greater Welling­ton re­gion.

‘‘This jour­ney started with WelTec and Whi­tireia ex­plor­ing a range of op­tions for work­ing more closely to­gether to ben­e­fit stu­dents, the com­mu­nity and in­dus­try, and to sup­port the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the Welling­ton re­gion,’’ Mr Sowry said.

‘‘We be­lieve the strate­gic part­ner­ship will en­able us to deepen ex­ist­ing re­la­tion­ships with in­dus­try on pro­gramme de­vel­op­ment, in­dus­try-spe­cific train­ing, and re­search, and by be­ing more flex­i­ble to their rapidly chang­ing needs. This will mean grad­u­ates are bet­ter pre­pared to join the work­force, have an even bet­ter chance of get­ting jobs and can start con­tribut­ing to the econ­omy quickly.’’

The part­ner­ship would be­come a ‘‘ mag­net’’ for stu­dents with op­por­tu­ni­ties for spe­cial­ist study through large new cen­tres of ex­cel­lence, ac­cess to more re­sources, and greater ac­ces­si­bil­ity to pro­grammes on a num­ber of cam­puses, he said.

Both in­sti­tu­tions would con- tinue to be man­aged by their own chief ex­ec­u­tives and ex­ec­u­tive teams. The pro­posed part­ner­ship in­cluded es­tab­lish­ment of a com­mon aca­demic board and a shared ser­vices cen­tre to pro­vide in­fra­struc­ture and sup­port ser­vices.

‘‘Our vi­sion is that this strate­gic part­ner­ship will lead to a larger net­work of ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions in the Welling­ton re­gion, work­ing to­gether and con­tin­u­ing to grow op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents and en­hanc­ing our con­tri­bu­tion to in­dus­try,’’ Mr Sowry said.

The con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod runs un­til July 31.

The dis­cus­sion doc­u­ment and feed­back form are avail­able on WelTec and Whi­tireia’s web­sites or by call­ing the in­sti­tu­tions.

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