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Tertiary education update

Two of Bay of Plenty’s largest tertiary education providers are enjoying significant increases in domestic student enrolments, with growth expected to continue well into next year.

University of Waikato’s Tauranga campus has seen a 39.3 per cent lift in enrolments while Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology has experienced a 15 per cent increase in enrolments compared to this time last year.

Some of the courses with notable growth include trades, construction and primary industry, Māori and indigenous studies, health, engineering, computing and science.

Toi Ohomai Chief Executive Leon Fourie says COVID-19 and its economic impact has been a major factor in people wanting to retrain or study in areas that have high employment demand.

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“Hopefully these enrolment trends continue through semester two and into 2022 as people take advantage of the funding schemes on offer,” he says.

University of Waikato Tauranga campus Director Joseph Macfarlane says the growth has been obvious from the beginning of the year.

“The campus village became a bustling hive of activity with a mix of teaching and learning, research and community engagement activities.”

Both institutes are quietly confident they will see enrolments continue to rise. Additionally, the University of Waikato’s Selwyn Street accommodation facility (which has 94 beds) will be open by 2022 and will ensure the institute is well-placed to embrace on-going growth.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

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