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Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology CE Dr Leon Fourie was all smiles today with the announcement by the NZQA that the institution has been awarded a Category 2 rating at its first External Evaluation and Review (EER) as a new institution.
The Category 2 rating is recognition of the high levels of confidence in educational performance and self-assessment for Toi Ohomai, which recently celebrated its second anniversary.
“This result is a significant milestone for Toi Ohomai, reflecting the mahi of our staff in bringing together our legacy institutions as one, while keeping a focus on the educational successes of all our learners,” said Dr Fourie. “I am under no illusion that this result would not have been possible without the incredible commitment and passion of the Toi Ohomai staff for their craft and their students.
“The report acknowledges the focus at all levels of our institution on partnerships, innovation and prioritising student learning. It highlights our high level of industry and community engagement and our positive graduate outcomes, leading to strong employment and career pathways for our learners.
“This rating by NZQA, the highest we could achieve as a new tertiary institution, reflects the confidence the government has in our ability to help drive our region forward. We look forward to working collaboratively with leaders across our region to further empower our communities.”
Mike Chapman, Toi Ohomai Council Deputy Chairperson, said the Toi Ohomai Council was very pleased with the progress being made by Toi Ohomai towards achieving its strategic intent.
“Toi Ohomai was founded on the mandate to deliver educational outcomes to all of our learners, especially those who are disadvantaged. In a region with a high proportion of NEETS [not in employment, education, and training] it’s imperative that we work with our regional partners to ensure the future of our young people and the continued success of our region. The EER result recognises the excellent traction Toi Ohomai has already developed, that also aligns seamlessly with the government’s intent for improved regional delivery outcomes.
“We have high faith in Leon and his leadership team to continue to drive forward with the commitment and dedication they have shown to date.”
Toi Ohomai was formed in May 2016 with the merger of Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Waiariki Institute of Technology. Toi Ohomai is one of the largest polytechnics in the country, covering both the Bay of Plenty and South Waikato regions.