|NEW ZEALAND'S EDUCATION
A new international partnership for the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) has further increased its excellent reputation in the education sector.
SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) chairman and International College of Advanced Technology (ICATS) president Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain at the Hilton Hotel in Sarawak Malaysia on Saturday March 22, 2014.
“I am delighted SIT is leading the way as the first New Zealand Institute of Technology to sign a collaborative agreement with a Sarawak Malaysia tertiary institute,” Penny Simmonds said.
“This paves the way for SIT programmes to be delivered partially in Kuching and students to transfer to SIT Invercargill to complete their qualification.”
Simmonds said the support of Associate Minister of Education Dr Pita Sharples, Deputy Speaker of the House and Invercargill MP Eric Roy as well as NZ High Commission David Pine at the signing ceremony in Kuching during NZ week ensured the collaboration received significant coverage in Borneo.
Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) chairman and International College of Advanced Technology (ICATS) president Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain said both Christchurch and Sarawak have a lot in common.
He described the agreement as timely, as PPKS/ICATS was in the process of taking over a new campus which will house their business and culinary science programmes. He told the Borneo Post these were areas where he could see prospects in having a connection with SIT and areas where SIT has its strengths.
The relationship will also involve stair casing ICATS Trades Students (Electrical and Construction) from ICATS to SIT’s Christchurch Campus with the opportunity to do an internship with construction firms involved with the rebuild of Christchurch City. On the other side of the globe SIT programmes will be offered at ICATS Kuching Campus starting with National Certificate in Adult Education and Training Level 5 and the Bachelor in Hotel Management.