Increase in funds, student places at Otago Polytech

Otago Polytechnic will receive a funding increase of more than $1 million as a result of a Tertiary Education Commission decision to raise the institution's number of students.

A TEC push to increase student places for the polytechnic's course programmes in midwifery and additional trades training places is behind the funding increase.

A report from the polytechnic's chief executive Phil Ker, which highlights the financial boost, is to be tabled at a meeting of the tertiary institute's council today.

The TEC has allocated an additional 100 equivalent full-time students (EFTS) to Otago Polytechnic, while the Central Otago trades academy has been given a further 36 EFTS, Mr Ker's chief executive report says.

The extra EFTS boost lifts the polytechnic's capped level of student places, Mr Ker says.

The bulk of the extra student places have been allocated to the polytechnic's midwifery course and trades training places.

"The dollar impact is just on $1 million," he says.

In addition, the further 36 EFTS for the Central Otago trades academy, had "equated to approximately $190,000," Mr Ker said.



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