Our students

We have over 31,000 students from New Zealand and 40 countries overseas taking advantage of distance and online learning with us each year.

They come to us for the flexibility that distance learning offers. They want to gain qualifications that are valued by employers and will help them achieve their study and career goals.

Most are in employment and are studying so they can take the next step in their career. They also include people studying for general interest or personal development, or through secondary schools, industry training organisations or public and private sector organisations

Key statistics

 In 2014:

  • 31,503 individual students were enrolled in Open Polytechnic courses
  • 69% were in employment
  • 93% were studying part-time
  • 75% were aged 25 years or over
  • 25% were aged between 30 and 39
  • 33% were aged over 40
  • 16% were Māori (over 5,000 students)
  • 8% were Pasifika
  • 56% were female
  • 6% had a disability
  • 16% had no school qualification.

New Zealand students

  • New continent, new career

    • Bachelor of Information Technology

    A passion for information technology and a desire to further his education took Open Polytechnic  Bachelor of Information Technology graduate Herman Engelbrecht from a farming job in South Africa to an IT career in Auckland. 

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  • Study offers global opportunities

    • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

    Wellington based Retail Manager and Open Polytechnic graduate Moneel Pratap says his Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting with New Zealand’s leader in distance education has not only enriched his current work, but has opened up career opportunities for him on a global scale. 

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International students

  • Patricia Midori

    • National Certificate in Horticulture (Introductory) (Level 2)

    Patricia Midori is living in Spain and working in an office all day. As a proponent of careful environmental management and sustainability she would like to change her life and work in an area related to her passion.

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  • Nicole Linke

    • Bachelor of Applied Science
    • Certificate in Technical Communication (Level 5)
    • Diploma in Communication Studies (Level 5)

    Foreign Correspondant Nicole Linke wanted to get a qualification, and improve her English on the way. Living in Germany, and balancing a busy work schedule with a husband and two children, Nicole was looking for a flexible way to achieve her goals.

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  • Anna Schubert

    • National Certificate in Financial Services (Financial Advice) (Level 5) (Closed to New Enrolments)

    Anna Schubert, Senior Manager of Distribution Development at Sovereign, understands more than most about the balancing act that financial advisers now face since the implementation of the Financial Advisers Act.  “The juggle of work and other commitments as they meet the up-skilling requirements has been a strain on many of them” says Anna.

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