11 Apr 2012

Cooks Islands students to get more opportunities at NZ university

5:51 am on 11 April 2012

The Auckland University of Technology will offer more opportunities for Cook Islands students with the signing of a memorandum of understanding at the university today.

The education minister Teina Bishop and AUT vice-chancellor will sign the document cementing cooperation between the University and the Cook Islands by promoting educational opportunities for Cook Islands government officials, public servants and students.

Cook Islands students will have the ability to study part-time and full-time through AUT, both offshore and in-country.

The document will also provide new prospects for New Zealand-based Cook Islands students studying at AUT, particularly in the areas of Pacific arts, and Pacific development.

AUT's goal is to achieve 100 Pasifika PhDs by 2020 - currently five Cook Islands PhD candidates are studying at AUT.