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Waikato Institute of Technology

UNEVOC Centre (Training provider) since 1994

Established in Hamilton in 1924, Wintec is now one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary education institutes educating more than 20,000 students each year on-shore, and delivering multiple programmes off-shore with international partners. Successful global alliances and partnerships have been established and vocational programmes and assistance delivered across Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East and Europe. Our current NZ-based student cohort comprises 1000 international students from 53 countries. International partnerships with higher education Institutions include student recruitment, staff/student exchanges, teaching/learning resource development, joint research, articulated pathways, training, offshore delivery, campus management and a range of core consultancy and Technical Assistance.

Wintec provides hands-on, applied training and customized programmes to meet the changing needs of communities and their economies. The primary principles underlying Wintec approaches to teaching and learning are:

  • Student-centred teaching to promote authentic learning
  • Inquiry-based learning and teaching which ensures learner engagement
  • Flexible learning which provides learners with choices regarding their learning experiences in terms of when, where and how learning occurs and the types of assessment and pathways used


To build stronger communities through education, research and career development.

Wintec Vision

We are proud to be a high-quality institute of technology; with strong partnerships both in New Zealand and overseas, enabling us to compete in a global market.

We focus on delivering four major outcomes through our education and training programmes, research and commercial services:

  • Creating a highly skilled and employable workforce;
  • Helping to drive economic growth by increasing industry productivity
and efficiency;

  • Promoting individual and social well being for our students and their communities; and
  • Building an international education and training business.
We aim to be a great place to work, and will demonstrate the leadership, flexibility and adaptability needed to respond successfully to the changing needs of students, staff, employers and international customers.

Our success will be reflected through increasing the capability and employability of our students, the relevance of our products and services, the quality of our relationships (both in New Zealand and overseas), our contribution to improving the economic and social outcomes of our region, and the sustainability and effectiveness of our business and

commercial models.


Wintec Strategic Goals are:

  • Our graduates are highly sought after by employers
  • Our research and commercialisation deliver real-world solutions
  • We are a modern and financially sustainable organisation
  • We are a leader in international education, on and off-shore
  • We help build the economy and strengthen communities

Regular tasks

The delivery of certificate, diploma and degree programmes through our schools and centres:

• Centre for Business, Information Technology and Enterprise

• Centre for Engineering and Industrial Design

• Centre for Education and Foundation Pathways

o Youth Guarantee

o Maori and Pasifika Trade Training

• Centre for Health and Social Practice

• Centre for Languages

• Centre for Science and Primary Industries

• Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance

• Centre for Teaching and Learning

• School of Media Arts

• Centre for Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing and Hospitality

• Centre for Trades

• Centre for Transdisciplinary Research and Innovation

Focus and interest

Work area

Which of the following fields is the UNEVOC Centre working on?
Sharing knowledge about TVET
  Secondary focus
Developing knowledge
Primary focus
Developing and building capacities
Primary focus


Who are the beneficiaries of the UNEVOC Centre's work?
Primary focus
Primary focus
Policy makers    Not our target group
Private sector
Primary focus

Engagement interest

What is the highest level of engagement the Centre is interested in in the following fields?
Greening of TVET institutions and skills
   Interested to learn
   Interested to learn
OER and Online Learning
  Interested to contribute
Equity of access in TVET
  Interested to contribute
Gender equality in TVET
  Interested to contribute
Fostering entrepreneurship
   Interested to learn
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
   Interested to learn

Activity interest

Which types of activities is the UNEVOC Centre most interested in?
Capacity development projects
Highly interested
Policy oriented projects
  Moderately interested
Knowledge development
Highly interested
Workshops and conferences
  Moderately interested

Regional collaboration interest

What are the UNEVOC Centre's collaboration interests?
Within my cluster
Highly interested
With Africa
  Moderately interested
With the Arab States
  Moderately interested
With Asia and the Pacific
Highly interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
  Moderately interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
  Moderately interested


Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec)
Level 3, Inspire House
125 Featherston Street
6011 Wellington
New Zealand


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Head of UNEVOC Centre
Jo Hardie
Manager of International Development Services
International Development Services

UNEVOC Coordinator
Katy Clark
International Programme Manager
International Development Services

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11 January 2018
New Zealand fosters TVET attractiveness by a design thinking competition.
E2E (Engineering Education to Employment) pilot is aimed at attracting more students into engineering tertiary study, addressing New Zealand’s shortage of engineers and including women. High School students participated in a two-day competition. The emphasis of the competition was to integrate the design thinking process for developing project based learning linked to an authentic industry problem.
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