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The consultation period has ended and Otago Polytechnic CEO Phil Ker remains optimistic about the submission and alternative model that the institution has suggested.
The Government has extended the deadline for the second round of submissions over its proposal to merge all polytechnics and institutes of technology. The original deadline of 27 March has been pushed back to 5 April.
Peter Coolbear, an independent consultant in tertiary education and a council member of Otago Polytechnic, points out that excellent vocational education requires effective regional partnerships.
An internationally respected expert in tertiary teaching models, Carnegie Scholar Vaneeta D’Andrea has penned an open letter to Minister of Education Chris Hipkins.
Based in the Cook Islands, Thomas Tarurongo Wynne is studying for a Master’s Degree in Applied Management through Otago Polytechnic’s Capable NZ programme. He provides another perspective on the Government’s proposed changes.
National Party leader Simon Bridges is backing the alternative polytechnic merger proposal put forward by Otago Polytechnic.
Otago Polytechnic’s work with Māori partners in the community is so important it is unlikely to be compromised if a national merger proposal goes ahead, polytechnic leaders say.
Dunedin's Wildlife Hospital would likely not exist without the support of Otago Polytechnic.
Otago Polytechnic’s flexibility has been a major factor in the success of Dunedin's iD International Emerging Designer Awards.
At question time in Parliament on Thursday, National MP Simeon Brown asked Education Minister Chris Hipkins if he had listened to concerns from Otago Polytechnic, and whether he would allow polytechnics such as Otago to retain their brand and name. Hipkins said he had listened to Otago Polytechnic's concerns.
Having graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing late last year, Ashleigh Smith is today graduating with a Bachelor of Leadership for Change degree, through Capable NZ. She says it’s "really important" students' voices are heard in the consultation on the Government's proposal.
Top-quality people might choose to study elsewhere if Otago Polytechnic loses its edge under the Government’s plan to merge polytechnics, the Otago Chamber of Commerce says.
Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) chief executive Penny Simmonds supports Otago Polytechnic’s proposal that institutes such as theirs retain their autonomy.
Recently named New Zealand Innovator of the Year, Dunedin entrepreneur Ian Taylor offers some advice to the Government.
The Government's initial proposals to change vocational education represent a revolution not an evolution. But, asks the Otago Daily Times in a strongly worded editorial, is it worth ditching parts of the system – like Otago Polytechnic and the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) – that have worked extremely well?
When Phil Ker moved from Auckland to take up the role of chief executive at Otago Polytechnic in 2004, the institution was technically insolvent. Look at us now.
Otago Polytechnic has a plan to ‘‘refine the reform’’.
If the Government is determined to go ahead with centralising polytechnics, Dunedin should be the organisation's new headquarters, Otago Polytechnic chief executive Phil Ker told the Otago Daily Times on 16 February.
Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull says he’s extremely concerned that the proposed restructure of New Zealand’s vocational training sector could weaken the innovative regional responsiveness of Otago Polytechnic and deprive the city of the considerable benefits the institution provides to the city and region.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins seems to have given very little thought to the political implications of his proposals to reform the polytechnic sector, writes Otago Daily Times political journalist Mike Houlahan on 16 February.
On 21 February, a New Zealand Herald article suggest there are fears that radical polytechnic reforms will scare off international students. The concerns were noted in a leaked email from a Government agency. The agency in charge of marketing NZ education overseas, Education New Zealand, emailed private training providers asking for feedback on "international chatter" about the proposal to merge all 16 existing polytechnics into a single NZ Institute of Skills and Technology.
Southern polytechnics and civic leaders are promising a loud and long campaign against the Government over its plans to merge the country's 16 vocational training institutions into one national school, writes Otago Daily Times political journalist Mike Houlahan.