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Study with us
Over 40,000 students enrolled with us in 2011, studying anything from basic skills to degree level and living throughout New Zealand and in over 40 countries overseas.
Most are individual students in employment studying for job or career reasons, but they also include people studying for general interest or personal development, or under contract arrangements through secondary schools, industry training organisations or public and private sector organisations.
Find out what our students say about study with Open Polytechnic.
Our students are lifelong learners studying in the home or workplace – people who want to learn but who seek or need an alternative to conventional study. Our easily accessible courses and services are carefully designed to meet their needs.
Vocational education is our key role. Three-quarters of our students are in the workforce and studying part-time to improve job skills or career development.
At the same time, lifelong learning embraces many needs and aspirations – many of our students are studying with us to follow an interest or hobby or for personal development.
We also work with our partners to support learning in a wide range of other contexts. We supply training and education in conjunction with commercial clients, industry training organisations, schools and other training providers, both in New Zealand and internationally.
Each year, we ask our students how they rate our courses and services.
We do this through a major survey commissioned from an independent market research firm.
The results are published in our annual report. We also use the information to improve our understanding of student needs, values and attitudes.
Key results from the 2010 survey: