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Te Pūkenga takes NZ vocational learning to the world

Te Pūkenga is partnering with Education New Zealand (ENZ) to deliver a pilot on FutureLearn, an online platform offering courses of learning.

The 12-month initiative, launched in June, will showcase a selection of taster courses from New Zealand providers to worldwide online learners, under the ENZ national Think New brand umbrella.

New Zealand has a range of courses currently on the platform, including Te Pūkenga collaboration courses with subsidiaries Wintec and NMIT.

Te Pūkenga Deputy Chief Executive Delivery and Academic Dr Angela Beaton said Te Pūkenga is taking steps to reimagine vocational learning in a way that will attract quality international learners whilst also enriching the experience of domestic learners, their whānau and communities.

“Joining ENZ in showcasing New Zealand’s high-quality tertiary education offerings is progress on that journey.

“FutureLearn has reached more than 15 million learners globally and gives Te Pūkenga network the opportunity to sit alongside other world-leading academic institutions to reach learners wherever they are,” she said.

Courses currently offered through FutureLearn by Te Pūkenga and its subsidiaries include:

  • Design Thinking for Sustainable Development (offered through Wintec)
  • Sustainability in the New Zealand Wine Industry (offered through NMIT)
  • English Language for Nature Conservation and Sustainability (offered through NMIT)
  • Grow Your Workforce: How to Teach Adult Learners (offered through Wintec)

Education New Zealand’s Paul Irwin, General Manager, Partnerships and Marketing said the pilot supports the Government’s Recovery Plan for International Education and is part ENZ’s Diversifying Products and Services programme of work.

“The pilot aims to establish appetite from global learners to engage with a New Zealand online education, and to test the value of this type of online course offering, promoting a range of New Zealand content under a consolidated, national brand,” Irwin said.

As part of the pilot, ENZ is exploring aligning New Zealand education offerings to a global cause-based theme, in this instance, sustainability and regenerative practices. Insights from the pilot will inform ENZ’s work to support the education sector.

For access to the New Zealand Collection of online courses, including Te Pūkenga’s courses, visit: futurelearn.com/courses/collections/study-new-zealand

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