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Aoraki and CPIT announce merger

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 20

CPIT and Aoraki Polytechnic  released a proposal for a merger on Tuesday.

Thanks to Lexinatrix @ Flickr for the photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/lex/43631705/in/photostream/The Timaru Herald reports that under the proposal, the two polytechnics preferred plan is to “legally disestablish” Aoraki, with CPIT becoming the “legal entity” of an organisation under a new name. The polytechnics plan to consult with staff and students over the next month before presenting a proposal to the minister for tertiary education in August.

TEU national president Sandra Grey has been in Canterbury this week and has met with the CEOs of each polytechnic. She says TEU’s position is that any merger must not result in less regional provision of education, or fewer face-to-face learning opportunities for students.

“We don’t believe there is any need for job losses. We want to protect education opportunities in the Canterbury region and in areas like Oamaru where Aoraki currently runs courses.”

Grey says the two employers have agreed to work closely with TEU representatives to find the best option for students and communities.

“It’s good that we can talk directly with both polytechnics before the council’s make their decisions on whether the merger is a good idea. We can share ideas openly rather than trying to improve a proposal after it has already been designed.”

Aoraki Polytechnic chief executive Alex Cabrera told the Timaru Herald he intends the merger to increase access to programmes offered across the region.

“This work is being done to offer our learners more, not less, choice.”

CPIT chief executive Kay Giles told the paper she hopes more education in primary industries, tourism, trades, health, broadcasting and sustainability could be offered in places like Twizel, Hanmer and Kaikoura.

The report stated if the preferred option was to go through, two members of the CPIT council would stand-down to be replaced by two representatives from the Aoraki region with good industry and rural community understanding.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

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  2. International students flock to Auckland
  3. Scientists fear public speaking
  4. Students disappointed with new Auckland University council

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A historic agreement cementing in place the construction of a $40 million university campus for Tauranga has been hailed as the start of a new journey of economic development for the city – Bay of Plenty Times

More than 400 submissions have been made pushing for the University of Otago Council to include two elected student representatives, the students’ association says – Otago Daily Times

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For centuries, experts have predicted that machines would make workers obsolete. That moment may finally be arriving. Could that be a good thing? – The Atlantic

For the first time in Lincoln University’s history, females outnumber males – NZ Herald

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One Comment

  • Jed

    TEU’s position is that any merger must not result in less regional provision of education, or fewer face-to-face learning opportunities for students. Without question provision into the regions will increase, and without question there will less F2F delivery but that would be happening anyway without the merger.