Mon 4 Nov 2019

Students celebrate NZIHT at new campus opening

International students have heaped praise on the New Zealand Institute of HighwayTechology (NZIHT).

They were invited to share their experiences at the opening of the new NZIHT campus in Hamilton’s Victoria Street last week.

Aditya Mitta and Anita Manda had already gained engineering qualifications at home in India when they opted to broaden their horizons.

Mitta was inspired to work in highway enigneering after working on projects at New Dehli International Airport and narrowed his choices down to five before opting for NZIHT.

He said the course he enroled in was finely tuned to meet his needs and the best option available.

“I am now inspired to get another degree in Engineering – you really are the best,” he said.

Anita Manda overcame a range of hurdles to enrol at NZIHT having already gained a Bachelor of Civil Engineering in India in 2015 and working for 18 months.

In a nod to the impact and value of social media, she noted time on YouTube had been a factor in her choice of New Zealand and after a failed attempt to enrol for a Masters degree in Auckland, she found another option at NZIHT.

“I got huge support from NZIHT. If you work hard you have opportunities available in New Zealand,” she said.

NZIHT is a subsidiary of the Western Institute of Techology at Taranaki and opening its new campus in Hamilton sent a clear message that opportunities in engineering abound.

NZIHT is one of the largest providers of delivering civil engineering, roading and technical skills training throughout New Zealand and has 130 students on its new campus studying a Graduate Diploma in Engineering Highways.

A further 383 students are completing formal qualifications through the Institute – while they work.  More than 3000 participants have enagaged with some form of short course through the institute this year. 

Formal qualifications range from Level 2 & 3 National Certificates to Level 6 NZ Diploma in Engineering – Civil and the Hamilton based Graduate Diploma in Engineering Highways.

General Manager Kyle Hall said the model enabling civil engineering companies to upskill their staff and keep them on the job was a winner.

And he said the demand for qualified engineers was growing both nationally and internationally.

About 40 industry leaders were welcomed to last week’s opening.

The new campus is on the corner of Claudelands Rd and Victoria St and completes something of a Taranaki enclave in the centre of the city.

The offices of the new campus look out to the Taranaki Savings Bank (TSB) offices across Claudelands Rd.

The Taranaki link was referred to by Hamilton East MP David Bennett – cousin of New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young -  who quipped that the Chiefs rugby franchise had led the way in bringing Taranaki into the region.

Dozens of NZIHT students are working on major roading projects throughout the country – notably the Waikato Expressway.

“Taranaki and Waikato are a crucial part of New Zealand linking with the southern regions – it’s a fantastic approach for WITT to be looking beyond Taranaki and it will be complimentary to Waikato,” Bennett said.

He said NZIHT was changing peoples’ lives by enabling them to transit into work and  boost the New Zealand economy.

“You are in the right place at the right time,” he said.

Kyle Hall said it was inspiring to hear stories of success from students.

“It makes me feel all the more privileged that they have chosen  us.”

Hall said NZIHT bringing international students to New Zealand, particularly those studying full time, represented a $3 million-plus injection for the Waikato economy. 

“These students are making and spending their living in Hamilton and are proud to call it their home.  At the end of 2018 86% of these students had gained employment in a relative field to their studies and are fulfilling the demands New Zealand has on the ‘Long Term Skill Shortage List’,” he said.

Pictured: NZIHT students Aditya Mitta and Anita Manda with Hamilton East  MP David Bennett (centre).