30 Apr 2018

FutureCol had funding cut before liquidation

6:49 pm on 30 April 2018

A Hawke's Bay education provider that put itself into voluntary liquidation last month had its funding cut after an audit last year raised questions about tens of thousands of dollars in funding claims.

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FutureCol NZ offers NZQA-approved courses in cookery, information technology, and management in Hastings and Queenstown.

At the time FutureCol blamed a drop in international students for its closure, which left 15 staff out of a job and 35 students seeking transfers to new courses.

"The decision was made due to the fall in international student numbers and the rigid funding regime currently in place for domestic students," FutureCol chief executive Bharat Guha said last month.

Some students said the cancellation of their course meant they had only two weeks before their student visas expired and they did not know what they would do.

An audit carried out by the Tertiary Education Commission identified $65,000 of incorrectly claimed funding, which Futurecol had to pay back.

The commission said, based on that audit, and low enrolments, it stopped funding FutureCol this year.