Waiariki and Bay of Plenty polytechnics are ‘exploring options for further collaboration’ including a possible merger, chairs of the two institutions announced this week.
Ian Turner, Chair of the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Council said potential options for the collaboration range from maintaining the current approach, further collaborative development of academic programmes and sharing of services, and even closer integration, including forming a new combined entity.
He said the councils of the two institutions are also engaging with staff, unions, students and the wider community, including iwi and employers.
The two councils are consulting on ideas about further collaboration until 13 April, after which they intend to draft a further consultation document during May and June.
The council assured current students they will be able to complete their programmes of study, regardless of which potential future options might be pursued by the institutions.
TEU’s Waiariki branch president Philip Bright said the institutions are handling the process well.
“The vice-chair of both councils spoke to staff, and allayed concerns as best he could, while accepting that there would be some anxiety caused by the news. He did take great pains to assure us no decision has been made about the extent or nature of collaboration, but it may run the gambit from the status quo to full merger.”
“It appears that staff and other stakeholders will have ample opportunity to provide feedback”, said Bright.
Meanwhile Aoraki Polytechnic continues to seek feedback on the proposal to merge with Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT).
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