Otago Polytechnic News

Polytech enrolments defy expectations

Polytech enrolments defy expectations

Enrolments at the Otago Polytechnic have "remained strong'' despite a drop in numbers across the tertiary sector, chief executive Phil Ker says.

Carpentry student a 'natural'

Carpentry student a 'natural'

Otago Polytechnic carpentry student Megan Roberts spends her days surrounded by 22 males, but it is her ability rather than her gender which makes her stand out, her tutor says.

Consent sought for new hall of residence

Consent sought for new hall of residence

Plans for a $20million Otago Polytechnic hall of residence have progressed, with the polytech council approving the proposed building's design.

Polytech acknowledges eminent alumni

Polytech acknowledges eminent alumni

Otago Polytechnic yesterday celebrated its 50th anniversary and the outstanding contributions of 19 of its former students by presenting them with distinguished alumni awards.

Polytech food products snapped up

Polytech food products snapped up

Otago Polytechnic bachelor of culinary arts students are selling foods and trialling new products at a series of weekly pop-up markets near the polytechnic's Eden Cafe.

Polytech sites merger plan welcomed

Polytech sites merger plan welcomed

The Otago Polytechnics's plans to amalgamate three Cromwell sites into one learning hub has been hailed as ‘‘extremely exciting'' for Central Otago.

Polytech acquires Bannockburn site

Polytech acquires Bannockburn site

Otago Polytechnic has announced plans for a central hub in Bannockburn, combining its three Central Otago sites.

Startup Weekend ‘inspiring’

Startup Weekend ‘inspiring’

Startup Weekend is a great place to hatch a plan - just ask Phillipa Dick.

On the move (+ video)

On the move (+ video)

Otago Polytechnic graduands move along George St, Dunedin, shortly before the end of the polytechnic's latest pre-graduation parade yesterday.

Video: Otago Polytechnic Graduation Parade

Video: Otago Polytechnic Graduation Parade

Some of the 400 people graduating from the Otago Polytechnic on Friday parade down George Street on there way to the Dunedin Town Hall for their graduation ceremony.

A degree of satisfaction from studies (+ video)

A degree of satisfaction from studies (+ video)

At the age of 68, Mike Smith is discovering life still holds plenty of surprises.

Otago Polytechnic graduands

About 400 people will graduate in person from Otago Polytechnic with qualifications in a range of subjects, including architecture, building and engineering, as well midwifery and occupational therapy, in a ceremony at the Dunedin Town Hall at 3pm today. More than 500 others will graduate in absentia.

Cafe weighing move away from paper cups

Cafe weighing move away from paper cups

A cafe in the Otago Polytechnic Student Hub is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by getting rid of paper takeaway cups.

Polytech celebrates 50 years

Polytech celebrates 50 years

Founding Otago Polytechnic council member Dawn Ibbotson (101) cuts the birthday cake as the polytechnic celebrates its 50-year anniversary on campus yesterday.

Career in graphic design will not be sugar-coated

Career in graphic design will not be sugar-coated

Last year, Otago Polytechnic student George Chalmers would cheerfully add four teaspoons of sugar to his cup of tea without a second thought.

Polytech drug and alcohol testing argued

Polytech drug and alcohol testing argued

The latest draft of Otago Polytechnic's drug and alcohol testing policy takes ''a sledgehammer to a problem that doesn't exist'', the Tertiary Education Union says.

Chinese fashions help launch polytech's student hub

Chinese fashions help launch polytech's student hub

Models from Ali McD Models Ltd wear Shanghai University of Engineering Science student Guo Shiyao's designs on the runway at Otago Polytechnic last night.

House to be auctioned for charity

House to be auctioned for charity

Otago Polytechnic architecture, building and engineering students have been hard at work on the polytechnic's charity house.

$70m makeover for Otago Polytech

$70m makeover for Otago Polytech

Otago Polytechnic will spend at least $70 million on building projects over the next seven years, the Otago Daily Times has learned.

Change allows more funding for polytechnic

Change allows more funding for polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic is anticipating a boost in government funding following policy changes announced last week.

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