Polytech to team up with other institutes

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The Aoraki Polytechnic Oamaru campus is collaborating with local organisations as part of changes announced yesterday to the running of the Timaru-based organisation.

Aoraki Polytechnic is developing and implementing a new business model which would see the education provider work with other tertiary institutes such as Lincoln University and Otago Polytechnic.

“The new collaborative model with other South Island tertiary institutions will be developed and implemented over the next 18 months,” Mr Cabrera said.

“In Oamaru, Aoraki Polytechnic is collaborating with other organisations such as Literacy North Otago and the Salvation Army,” he said.

“We are also working with local high schools on vocational pathway programmes.”

The collaborative business model was decided on at an Aoraki Polytechnic council meeting held on November 21.

Council chair Kevin Cosgrove said collaborating with other tertiary providers was considered the best option for the polytechnic to take.

“In making this decision, council has taken into account the current tertiary education environment and the needs of our region in order to find a solution to strengthen the financial and academic position of the organisation,” he said.

“Our aim is to maximise the opportunities for the Aoraki community to access tertiary level study from within the Aoraki region well into the future,” Mr Cosgrove said.

By DAVID DE LOREAN