Press release - NZMA and the Open Polytechnic Team Up For Level 7 Qualifications

Press release - NZMA and the Open Polytechnic Team Up For Level 7 Qualifications

Monday 23 April

Working with the Open Polytechnic, New Zealand Management Academies (NZMA) has taken its business programme options to the next level with the introduction of pathways leading to a Bachelor of Business Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management.

The Open Polytechnic’s Level 7 qualifications are now available to international students for study in New Zealand as a result of a new agreement between the two organisations.  The programmes are to be delivered at NZMA’s Auckland Central Academy and students will graduate with Open Polytechnic qualifications.  The programmes are approved by NZQA (the New Zealand Qualifications Authority).  Until now, the highest level business qualification at NZMA has been the Diploma in Business (Advanced) Level 6 course.

NZMA Director of Business Development and International Business, Mark Worsop says the new agreement provides a very exciting opportunity for international students.

“There has been increasing demand for Level 7 qualifications from our international students, so we are delighted to be providing our students with this next step up,” says Mark.

The structure of the programmes provide students with a lot of flexibility.  For those students who arrive in New Zealand with a bachelor’s degree already, they can study at NZMA for a year and come away with an Open Polytechnic Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management Level 7.

Alternatively students wanting to complete a degree can spend two years at NZMA gaining their BTEC Diplomas in Business Level 5 & 6 and then stay on for an additional year to complete the Open Polytechnic Bachelor of Business Level 7 degree qualification.

Both qualifications will stand them in good stead if they intend to return to their home countries and launch their business careers.  Meanwhile those keen to stay on in New Zealand and gain international work experience will be well-placed to obtain a study to work visa here.

Mark believes the new programmes should prove extremely popular, especially in light of recent Immigration New Zealand policy changes.

“As an international student, the cost of studying abroad is significant.  Many international students are looking for a minimum of a degree level qualification, which is now available at NZMA through the Open Polytechnic.  These new offerings give our students some unique opportunities - for example, our students can finish their two year diploma, work for a year on a graduate work search visa, then come back and complete their degree, then gain a second graduate work search visa.”

Open Polytechnic Executive Director of Marketing and Communications Doug Standring says the Polytechnic is always looking for new ways to make flexible learning available through working with high quality providers.

“There’s a positive student environment at NZMA’s Auckland Academy, so it’s an excellent delivery site for the Open Polytechnic.”

According to Mark, this is just the beginning.