Ara (Aoraki)


Tertiary education is the opportunity to pick up students the mainstream has ignored, says award-winning teacher Michael Armstrong from Ara Institute of Canterbury. Armstrong received a TEU award of excellence on Monday night for his contribution to teaching fine arts to his South Canterbury students. He says his job is to help students who have never before had their views validated or their learning supported. “To undertake the...

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I support regional education

I support regional education


Posted By on Nov 20, 2015

Aoraki Polytechnic and CPIT are merging to create a new polytechnic. It’s crucial that this new polytechnic doesn’t cut costs, cut courses or cut jobs. It’s crucial that it delivers the best high-quality education to all our students in Canterbury, South Canterbury and North Otago. We’re campaigning for that goal.  And we want you to support us. I support regional education Read the petition First Name Last...

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The tertiary education minister’s decision this week to merge Aoraki and CPIT looks like a rushed takeover, says TEU national president Sandra Grey. The minister, Steven Joyce, announced this week that Aoraki Polytechnic will merge with Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT). Joyce says the new organisation will launch at the start of 2016 and initially trade under the name CPIT Aoraki, but will have a new name in the...

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The tertiary education minister’s decision today to merge Aoraki and CPIT looks like a rushed takeover, says TEU national president Sandra Grey. Grey says, now that the merger is going ahead, CPIT management need to voice their support for high-quality face-to-face tertiary education in Canterbury, South Canterbury and North Otago’s regions and small towns. “People in Timaru, Oamaru and Ashburton need to hear that CPIT management...

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Staff at Aoraki and CPIT have been waiting for weeks to know if the tertiary education minister will merge their two institutions into a single new Canterbury polytechnic. The minister’s decision was due last month, but this week a spokesperson for the minister said he still had no date for an announcement about whether a proposed merger should go ahead, and that an announcement was not likely until mid-late November. TEU national...

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A CPIT-Aoraki merger will only be good for students and local Canterbury communities if it protects small face-to-face classes, according to a TEU submission to the tertiary education minister. The union provided the submission to the minister last week, arguing that although many regarded the merger as inevitable that does not mean it should go ahead if it is not educationally sound. In particular, the submission states that the...

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