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The Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute

UNEVOC Centre (Uni/Research) since 2015

At the Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute (CITTI) we pride ourselves on our ability to identify opportunities, overcome challenges and work with and for our communities – work that is occurring within a rapidly changing environment – literally. Climate change; an aging workforce; new technologies; a tougher business environment with an increased emphasis on entrepreneurial activities; the need for higher level qualifications to meet the country’s employment needs; the need to create a seamless transition from secondary school to tertiary training; meeting the ever growing needs of our youth; the need to ensure qualifications are portable to the global market; the need for all islands within the country to have access to tertiary training; meeting National, Regional and Funder policies and priorities – all these factors affect the things we do.


Our vision is to be a renowned provider of quality vocational services for Cook Islanders in the Cook Islands.

“We teach the skills you need for the life you want.”

Within this commitment, we have the confidence to embrace innovation. We have proven our success through the vast range of relationships we have established with industry, the community and individuals.


Our strategic priorities focus on the four key themes:

  1. Skill development
  2. Customer focus
  3. Leadership
  4. Institute performance
Embedded within these themes are six executive objective as follows:

  • Excellent programmes
  • Strategic partnerships and relationships
  • Marketing our success
  • Clarity of roles and responsibilities
  • Sustainability/revenue
  • Seamless service to learners

Regular tasks

CITTI invests in the skills of programme design, competency assessment, and adult learning, develops employer-led training customised to meet the needs of individual employers and learners, employs learning brokers to support employer based provision, expands the use and availability of e-learning, develops specific programmes to address the needs of young people, delivers training options to all islands of the Cook Islands, establishes industry advisory boards to advise the Institute on immediate training needs and assessment.

Focus and interest

Work area

Which of the following fields is the UNEVOC Centre working on?
Sharing knowledge about TVET
Primary focus
Developing knowledge    Not in our mandate
Developing and building capacities
  Secondary focus


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

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 learn
Gender equality in TVET
   Interested to learn
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
  Moderately interested
Policy oriented projects
  Moderately interested
Knowledge development
  Moderately interested
Workshops and conferences
  Moderately interested

Regional collaboration interest

What are the UNEVOC Centre's collaboration interests?
Within my cluster    Not interested
With Africa    Not interested
With the Arab States    Not interested
With Asia and the Pacific
  Moderately interested
With Europe, CIS and North America    Not interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean    Not interested


The Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute (CITTI)
Arorangi, Rarotonga

Cook Islands


Head of UNEVOC Centre

UNEVOC Coordinator
Learning and Development Manager Wendel Karati
Learning and Development Manager

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