Two Whitireia staff members visited Tonga at the end of June as part of the growing educational link between Whitireia Community Polytechnic and Tonga's Tupou High School. This joint venture is an initial step toward establishing a tertiary qualification base within Tonga.
The purpose of this most recent visit was to deliver the polytechnic's Certificate in Adult Teaching to staff running tertiary-level courses in Tonga. Heather Thompson and Jane Spears likened the experience of teaching in a different context to 'cooking in someone else's kitchen.' Maintaining flexibility and resourcefulness allowed the course to run well within a Tongan context.
Tertiary-level programmes are currently being run with accreditation and support from Whitireia. The New Zealand Diploma of Business began last year and was joined by the Certificate in Business Computing this month. The educational link allows students access to higher study within their own cultural context, as well as the possibility of a career based either at home or abroad.