Wellington education providers cooperate to compete

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The new Information Technology Institute is co-locating its Wellington campus with Whitireia Community Polytechnic's campus on Lambton Quay, a great example of education providers cooperating to compete says Information Technology Institute Managing Director Chris Mitchell.

Mr Mitchell says Information Technology Institute is unique in New Zealand, providing non-IT graduates with a fast-track into IT careers with a nine-month Graduate Diploma in IT that includes six months project work with a local employer. He says co-locating the Wellington campus with Whitireia reinforces Information Technology Institute's philosophy of complementing rather than competing with other education providers.

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The Whitireia Midland Park campus in Wellington

Whitireia chief executive Deirdre Dale says the two organisations are very compatible with a similar focus on quality education and applied learning.

She says Information Technology Institute's programme will make a significant contribution to the development of New Zealand's knowledge economy and offers the kind of profile Whitireia wants to be associated with.

"Co-locating our Wellington premises appropriately recognises and makes the most of the strengths of both parties. ITI's strong links with industry and its very practical and focused programme, and Whitireia's experience in quality education."

Ms Dale and Mr Mitchell say they will be seeking further opportunities to cooperate for the mutual benefit of both organisations.