University collaboration a ‘significant step forward’ for Aoraki

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Aoraki Polytechnic’s new collaborative agreement with Lincoln University will benefit the entire organisation, including the campus in Oamaru, acting CEO Alex Cabrera says.

“The new collaboration relationship agreement with Lincoln University is organisation wide, meaning it will have significance for all of Aoraki’s region, not just at a particular campus.

“For example, we are already planning to deliver Lincoln’s Diploma in Agriculture programme in Oamaru this year, an extension from the pilot delivery in Timaru last year.”

The agreement was a “significant step forward” for Aoraki Polytechnic, and part of ongoing efforts to work with other educational organisations throughout the South Island, Mr Cabrera said.

Aoraki Polytechnic announced in November last year it would look to collaborate with other educational organisations throughout the South Island, such as Lincoln University.

Alongside business model reforms, the polytechnic announced it would review its structure and staffing.

Mr Cabrera said he was still considering feedback from staff over proposed restructuring.

“No final decisions will be made until all submissions have been fully considered,” he said.

“There is no timeframe for this at this stage.”

By DAVID DE LOREAN