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Learning the lessons of past ITP mergers

Learning the lessons of past ITP mergers


Posted By on Aug 10, 2018

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Over the weekend, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said he expected there to be fewer polytechnics left once the recommendations of the Tertiary Education Commission’s ITP Roadmap project and the Ministry’s review of vocational education and training were implemented. Two years ago, when Aoraki Polytechnic and the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology merged to create the Ara Institute of Canterbury, the National Government...

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As wildfires continue to spread in Christchurch, members and staff of the TEU send thoughts and best wishes to all those affected. Approximately 450 homes have been evacuated and at least eleven destroyed in fires that have been burning in the Port Hills area since Monday. It is estimated that the fires have spread to cover an area of 1,850 hectares. Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Rod Carr, of the University of Canterbury has written to staff...

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The construction industry needs to mentor more women into trades says CPIT trades tutor Sandie Chamberlain. Chamberlain says that by training and employing more women and a more diverse range of people, the construction industry could alleviate some of the systemic problems it faces. Chamberlain, who is resigning from her job at CPIT to take up an opportunity in the private sector, says the more women on a construction site, the safer...

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Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 5 “I was in a garden centre when Sunday’s earthquake hit and everybody froze,” says TEU organiser Gabrielle Moore. “As soon as it stopped everyone ran straight for the car park, to their cars, their phones and their families.” “I was sick to my stomach.  I couldn’t do anything and that feeling of distress did not leave all day.” Moore and  Cindy Doull, another...

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I support regional education

I support regional education


Posted By on Nov 20, 2015

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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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