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Tertiary education is all about the students.

August 29, 2012

Tertiary education is all about the students.

It’s about their struggles, their achievements, and their successes.  What motivates people to work in the sector is helping people broaden their minds and skills, so our graduates can gain interesting, meaningful work.

At EIT, we are guided by five strategic priorities that ensure we deliver to our students and communities.

Pursuing success is about leading good practice in teaching and learning, providing relevant study programmes, building our student success and offering responsive support.

We also offer proactive support with the pastoral care provided with the Youth Guarantee scheme and other mentors available throughout the institute for other programmes.

What does that really mean?  For students, that means learning relevant information through the latest teaching and learning methods within an environment where they are supported to encourage their success.

We are very proud to have a modern architect-designed campus in Hawke’s Bay.  The facilities are state-of-the-art and many are purpose-built.  We are continuing to upgrade our Tairāwhiti campus in Gisborne, with more than $4 million  already spent over the last two years. Click here to see a video showcasing the students, staff and learning environments.

Enquiring minds is about fostering research and innovation, discovering new ways of doing things, informing our practice (teaching or business), connecting to key communities and building critical thinking. EIT nurtures these aspects within the institute and in reaching out to our community, the region and connected educators worldwide.   It’s about pursuing innovation in what we do, what we teach and the way we think.

Our Research Showcase publication reflects the varied and interesting research efforts undertaken by staff to better inform their degree teaching.  Have a read though 2011 Research Showcase.  2012 Research Showcase will be available soon.

Thinking smarter is about using our resources responsibly, optimizing effectiveness and efficiency, being bureaucratically lean and creating elegant solutions.  At EIT we are consistently looking at what we do and why we do it – ensuring that the student experience is not bogged down in bureaucracy and that we are as efficient and light on our feet as we can be.

Flourishing people is obviously focused on our people – students, staff, and backers. We aim to pursue achievement, create opportunities, nurture leaders, foster vibrant EIT communities, acknowledge the founding peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand, and affirm diversity.

An example of Flourishing people is graduate chef Narata Heera.  She gained a cookery apprenticeship at Pacifica, one of Hawke’s Bay’s most highly-rated restaurants.

As a student at Napier Girls’ High School, she worked part-time at Pacifica, on Napier’s Marine Parade.  Co-owned by husband and wife team Jeremy and Rebecca Rameka, the restaurant is well-known for its creative cuisine and a wine list that promotes the best of Hawke’s Bay.

Pacifica is a frequent winner of Best Restaurant and Best Chef in the Hawke’s Bay Hospitality Awards and has been runner-up in Cuisine magazine’s Restaurant of the Year.

“It was a stepping stone from school,” says Harata, who has already shown she has what it takes in winning the New Zealand King Salmon College Challenge at last year’s Salon Culinaire – New Zealand’s premiere culinary and service industry competition.

And lastly, we aim to be connected.  EIT values its links to global scholarship – through active partnerships with diverse communities and through regional and national leadership using 21st century technologies.  With the merger with Tairāwhiti Polytechnic, EIT has fully engaged with offering programmes via video conference and online.  There will only continue to be further digital enhancements to our delivery of curriculum into the future.

So at EIT, we are focused on our students’ struggles, achievements and success.  We are proud to stand in their reflected glory.