Two of the country’s best known primary industries and land-based tertiary education providers are pooling resources and expertise under a new arrangement.
Under the new Collaborative Relationship Agreement, Lincoln University and Aoraki Polytechnic will bring together their facilities, funding and resources in this all-important area, to create more opportunities for students, better meet the needs of employers and industry, and contribute more to the economy.
“Both institutions believe that New Zealand is best served by the evolution of a network of collaborating tertiary education providers, each of which develops regional, national and even international excellence in appropriate priority themes,” says Aoraki Polytechnic Chief Executive Alex Cabrera.
Lincoln University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr Andrew West adds “It is important that partnerships like this are formed, that will have a positive impact for meeting the demands and needs of New Zealand’s land-based sector.”
The Collaborative Relationship Agreement is built on a number of key principles, including a strong commitment to growing educational outcomes for students and employers, achieving academic relevance and excellence, closer ties with industry, and a contribution to regional development.
“While this collaboration will create efficiencies, it is as much about growth and adding value, as it is about avoiding duplication, “ says Mr Cabrera. “We want to do more for learners and industry.”
In practical terms, the agreement will open the doors to a more seamless educational experience for students, from Aoraki’s entry level programmes all the way through to Lincoln’s postgraduate qualifications.
“There’ll be more of an incentive for some students to go on to higher study – we’ll be making it easier for them to get on that pathway. Another benefit is that the two institutions will each be more focused on the level of education that it makes the most sense for them to deliver,” says Mr Cabrera.
“The agreement with Aoraki Polytechnic is a significant one for Lincoln University,” says Dr West.
“We can do so much more together to the benefit of every part of these sectors that are of such critical importance to the local, regional and national economy. Working more closely together makes good sense – for students, for employers, for industry and for each of the institutions involved.”
The new arrangement will mean more coordinated ties between the academic institutions and industry, and greater coordination around the yearly ‘Investment Plans’ that are presently prepared by each institution, in isolation.