Aoraki Polytechnic has just purchased Timaru private training enterprises the Aoraki English Language College and Aoraki International College (AIC).
The Polytechnic’s chief executive Kay Nelson announced the acquisition last week, saying the Aoraki Polytechnic was delighted to be involved in a transition that would see the two long-established providers of international education join the polytechnic’s already successful internationally-applied programmes.
Ms Nelson said the polytechnic was keen to increase its offering to international students, and would be reviewing the international market’s requirements and providing new and existing programmes to meet that market. Much of that work would be in partnership with overseas educational providers.
“I believe many of our quality programmes provide an exciting opportunity to international students to undertake study in Timaru. I see programmes such as our respected outdoor education and hospitality programmes appealing to overseas students.”
Aoraki International College director Adrian Kerr said that in the 12 years since the college was formed in 1998 around 2000 international students had come through, with the bulk through the English Language School.
Mr Kerr said he was pleased that after 11 years operating the business he could pass it on to Aoraki Polytechnic to allow the business to grow and meet its full potential