Otago Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic is this week hosting senior leaders from 10 leading Chinese vocational education institutions, illustrating the range of innovative and inspirational ways in which teaching and learning is delivered.

The delegates are in New Zealand for two weeks to learn about our vocational education system and upgrade their knowledge and skills as part of the New Zealand China Vocational Education and Training Model Programme.

Following a week-long visit to Wintec last week, the delegates have moved their focus to Otago Polytechnic, where they have been meeting programme and service leaders to learn about our innovations in education, such as EduBits microcredentials, our iamcapable learner capability programme, and Capable NZ’s model of recognition of prior learning.

“Otago Polytechnic is honoured to host the Vocational Education Leadership Training (VELT) delegation from China,” Chief Executive Phil Ker says. 

“New Zealand’s vocational education system is highly regarded by the Chinese.

“We already have strong partnerships with a range of respected Chinese education providers, and this visit provides another opportunity to learn from each other and build relationships.”

The Chinese leaders are interested in the ways in which Otago Polytechnic adapts to meet the needs of industry and the wider community. They are also interested in understanding how they might enhance their students’ critical and creative thinking to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship in China.

This is the third year VELT delegates have visited New Zealand.

The Vocational Education Leadership Programme (VELT) is sponsored and supported by the Chinese Ministry of Education, the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and Education New Zealand.

“Otago Polytechnic’s collaboration with ENZ and Wintec and our interaction with the Chinese visitors reflects our commitment to diversifying markets and developing innovative products and services in international education,” Ker says.

Mike Waddell, Director External Relations, adds: “The Chinese delegation’s visit to Otago Polytechnic this week also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to Dunedin’s Economic Development Strategy, which includes a range of creative, cultural, educational, and business opportunities through Dunedin’s long-standing connection with cities in China.”


Published on 14 Nov 2019

Orderdate: 14 Nov 2019
Expiry: 29 Feb 2020