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Gold Star Rating for MIT in Latest Performance Review

12 OCTOBER 2016

Gold Star Rating for MIT in Latest Educational Performance Review

NZQA gives MIT a Category One approval

Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) has achieved the highest possible rating, Category One, in the recent External Evaluation and Review (EER) by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

In its recently released report, NZQA advises that it is both “highly confident in MIT’s educational performance” and “highly confident in MIT’s self-assessment capability.” These are the highest possible ratings.

The EER is conducted every three years by a panel of independent education experts.

During the review, they examined MIT’s educational performance and capability in self-assessment, with evaluation delivered as six statements of confidence.

EER results hold significant influence for a tertiary institute’s reputation, both locally and internationally.

Gus Gilmore, MIT Chief Executive, says the high rating is an endorsement of MIT’s focus on student outcomes, and engagement with our communities, industries and professions.

“Our purpose is to get our students into great jobs, providing them with the skills, support and connections to enter their chosen career. This result is a testament to the hard work and professionalism of all MIT staff,” says Gilmore.

“We pride ourselves on our strong education and evaluation processes – the results of which are already evident in our graduate outcomes, with achievement increasing for all students over recent years.”

MIT was awarded “Excellent/Excellent” statements of confidence in four of the six key evaluative questions and eight of the twelve focus areas, with none of the ratings being lower than “Good.”

The EER report highlighted significant areas of achievement and innovation at MIT, including commitment to its students, community, the professions, and industry.

Key commentary from the EER report:

• “MIT is strongly connected to its region, its unique cohort of students and diverse business and community groups. Students complete their study at MIT and are well-supported to gain employment in relevant work areas.”

• “MIT is actively engaged with industry and with its community at all levels of the organisation.”

• “MIT continues to seek solutions and adopted a community integration approach; a focus on youth and bridging programmes and initiatives previously reported to try and achieve genuine equality and not just ‘an acceptable gap.’

• “MIT has put in place a range of approaches to engage with young people in the region to create pathways to engage with vocational education and training.

• “The governance and management teams at MIT are highly effective in supporting educational achievement.”

• “Students at MIT gain useful skills, knowledge and qualifications that support them to gain employment and contribute positively to their communities. Across the organisation, students were developing industry-specific skills useful for employment or establishing their own businesses.”

• “Staff equip students with the skills, capabilities, and the right attitudes to undertake a range of work roles within related industries and professions… [there is] a genuine desire from staff for students to achieve the best possible outcomes from their study at MIT.”

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