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.