The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand was established in 1946 as the Technical Correspondence School. In 1963, it became the Technical Correspondence Institute (TCI) and began offering national training in trade’s subjects. As part of wider education reforms, the institution was renamed as The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand in 1990, becoming the specialist national provider of open and distance learning at tertiary level.
It is New Zealand's leading distance learning provider. Open Polytechnic is government-owned and funded institute, that delivers courses throughout New Zealand and internationally. Their focus as an educational institution is on student success. Each year around 29,000 mainly adult students enroll with them to gain the skills they need to help them progress in their current career or change to a new one. They strive to support vocational lifelong learning and national development goals through innovation and excellence in open, flexible learning.
Online Campus of Open Polytechnic of New Zealand -
Online Campus has a study support area called Learning Central, which brings together advice and practical tips on getting started and succeeding in student studies. It includes resources about understanding students learning style, researching and writing assignments and preparing for exams.
Why Choose Open Polytechnic of New Zealand?
- A national centre of expertise in open and distance learning.
- Flexible access for people who seek or need an alternative to face-to-face study.
- Up skilling for people in or near their work.
- Standardised national resources and qualifications for business and industry.
- One of New Zealand’s leading centres for educational resource and content development.
Facilities at Open Polytechnic of New Zealand -
- Learning Centre
Faculty and Schools at Open Polytechnic of New Zealand -
Teaching is carried out by the following eight specialist schools integrated within a single Faculty led by Executive Director Mark Nichols. Their 120 full-time academic staff are highly qualified and bring a wide range of industry experience to their roles.
- School of Business
- School of Commerce and Enterprise
- School of Education Studies
- School of Engineering, Trades and Construction
- School of Environment and Primary Industries
- School of Health and Community
- School of Information Science and Technology
- School of Social Sciences