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Private Bag 31914, Lower Hutt 5040
Open Polytechnic is New Zealand’s specialist provider of open and distance learning, enrolling over 30,000 mainly part-time students per year. The majority of students are adult learners combining work and study, enabling them to continue to earn an income while they learn.
After more than 70 years of educating New Zealanders the organisation enjoys an international reputation in its field. Having achieved multiple international and national awards, Open Polytechnic most recently won the professional services category of the Wellington Region Business Awards in 2016.
Open Polytechnic offers more than 1000 courses and 100 programmes nationally through online and distance learning, including degree programmes in business, applied management, applied science, information technology, engineering technology, teaching (early childhood education), social work and social health and wellbeing.
Other popular qualifications include the National Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson), and National Certificates in Financial Services and diplomas in business, information and library studies, legal executive and psychology. Open Polytechnic is also a major provider of industry training through Industry Training Organisations (ITOs).
With a mainly adult learner constituency, Open Polytechnic is one of the major educators of people in the New Zealand workforce, with tens of thousands of Open Polytechnic students working in firms, organisations and small businesses nationally.
Open Polytechnic regularly consults with employers and industry on the development of courses and programmes, and maintains close relationships with professional and industry bodies. Business and industry experts are often used in course design as writers and/or technical editors.
iQualify, a next generation digital learning and assessment platform developed by Open Polytechnic in 2015, offers commercial partners a powerful, learner-centered education experience for the delivery of education, professional development and compliance testing.