WAIKATO’s FREEDOM INSTITUTE OF HIGHER EDUCATION ACHIEVES RARE COMMENDATION
The Waikato’s own FREEDOM Institute of Higher Education have over the last three months become one of a small elite group of private education providers in New Zealand to achieve NZQA approval and accreditation to offer a Master’s degree. The Institute’s Postgraduate and a Masters programmes in Applied Leadership were the culmination of over three years’ consultation, research and design work by faculty. The final NZQA Evaluation Report required no improvements, instead featuring a rare Evaluation Panel commendation for the quality of international and national consultation undertaken by the Institute during the development of the programmes.
The consultation process supporting the new qualifications ensured the views of future employers, researchers, academics, professional bodies and a range of iwi, ethnic and cultural organisations were included in the programmes. FREEDOM also independently benchmarked the programmes against Australian, Canadian, UK and USA programmes to ensure these programmes were innovative, fit for purpose and supportive of graduate portability in today’s global employment market. Recent Australian and New Zealand research has shown most businesses and organisations experience major difficulties in locating suitable new leaders and especially in locating those with the openness and breadth of vision such roles require.
A unique feature of the Institute’s programme delivery is its requirement that all faculty undertake graduate level professional Educational Facilitation to ensure they can optimise and accelerate complex ‘real world’ learning in their adult learners. Applicants to the programmes can select the focus of their postgraduate Applied Leadership programme and business, governance, health, education, information technology and the social sector are proving the most popular. Enrolments are current being processed for January 2018 with learners applying to join the programme from New Zealand and many other countries such as France, USA, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Serbia, Mongolia, China and the UK. Regular Information nights and one to one sessions are being provided by Institute faculty in the region.
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