20 Jun 2014

MIT's new Manukau campus opens

11:41 am on 20 June 2014

An ambitious project to get more Maori and Pacific Island students into tertiary education was being officially opened on Friday.

Manukau Institute of Technology hopes its $100 million business campus, built above the Manukau train station, will make higher education more accessible to New Zealand's least-educated populations.

Statistics show Maori and Pacific Island students are half as likely to enter higher education as their Pakeha or Asian counterparts.

The institute hopes to increase student numbers from 3500 to 5000 within three years.

AThe MIT business campus.

The MIT business campus. Photo: SEAN ATAVENITIA