SIT: A prime education institute

The Southern Institute of Technology is one of the 20 New Zealand Governmentpolytechnics and institutes of technology offering tertiary education programmes throughout New Zealand. With New Zealand's approach to applied learning styles its teaching and learning techniques have been recognized as a supportive and successful manner that allows students to take ownership of what they learn and be more readily available to put into immediate practice what the employers are seeking in graduates.

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) is located in Invercargill, within the land rich region of Southland, with smaller campuses in Queenstown, Christchurch and Gore.
SIT programmes are accredited and approved by the New Zealand Qualifications
Authority (NZQA) up to the postgraduate level. NZQA is the Government organization that controls the quality of programmes and teaching in New Zealand. The institute has formed links with universities in New Zealand and throughout the world to allow for progression onto other programmes and Master's qualifications. Having recently become a member of the International Association of Universities, SIT recognizes the need for students from overseas to have a qualification that is recognized in other countries.

SIT has a proud history of vocational education and training, providing entry in a level that suits you and to progress as you are ready. The diplomas, degrees, graduate diplomas and postgraduate qualifications are well resourced and maintained with a high level of presentation and programme completion and graduation. However the real draw card to SIT and Invercargill is the Southern hospitality and unique outdoors, full of adventure and recreational opportunities for extreme sports challenges.

Tim Shadbolt is the Mayor of Invercargill and has travelled internationally with SIT staff, to show the support that local government has for the institute. Mayor Shadbolt recognizes the commitment to quality education SIT provides and encourages students to be part of the dynamic, innovative and friendly environment of the South. He believes Invercargill is a safe community that welcomes migrants from all over the world. Along with being one of the lowest unemployment regions in New Zealand, the region is abundant in resources of oil, silicon, gas, coal, timber, sheep and dairy products. Mayor Tim personally enjoys playing a role with the international students and annually celebrates his birthday with all of them.

SIT recognizes the excitement of travelling and the strong role the International department of the institute plays in supporting students to adjust to a new country, a new culture and campus. With offering over 135 programmes all designed to provide both the academic and practical skills required, SIT class sizes average around 20 students. With only 2-3% of the full time student body of 14,000 students being international, you can expect your lecturers and classmates to take a more personal interest in you.

SIT recognizes that many Sri Lankans wonder about the opportunity in a region which is primarily an agricultural economy and with a greater population of only 100,000 though Southland makes up for its lack of population by exporting its products all over the world. The world is their market though they live in a part of the world that is tranquil, unpopulated and safe Southland trades internationally, where there is a market for their substantial produce.

Southland is recognized for being a leader in dairying and has the largest milk drying plant in the world, just 20 minutes from Invercargill. Producing the highest quality aluminium, timber, fish meal and wool, Southland has become a region recognized for its quality products and stable business community.
Invercargill, the capital of Southland, has a population of 55,000 people though it is extremely well resourced and its community lives with facilities that are expected in a town many times its size.

The recreations facilities are second to none. And in the case of its Velodrome it has built the only one in Australasia. The sports stadiums, swimming, hockey, rugby, cricket facilities available to Southlanders provide great facilities to support their youth and attract many others to the region. International students are able to join clubs or access these facilities for very reasonable fees. Situated on the Southern coast of the South island, Invercargill is a flat, spacious place, where it is easy to find your way around and enjoy a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes. Accommodation and living expenses are seen by international students as being considerably lower than in other major cities of New Zealand. Invercargill is a gateway to popular tourist destinations, Stewart Island, Fiordland, Queenstown and the Catlin's. All are within a day's return trip before the evening and few regions offer the diversity of plains, mountains, lakes and fiords, and lush forests and country that Southland has to offer.

Australian New Zealand Education Consultants in Panadura has been working with SIT for the past few years promoting students from Sri Lanka to SIT. MDH Fernando the Chairman, explains that SIT has had a growing demand of students specially in the PG Diploma as students would have the opportunity to Study for 18 months and apply to settle in New Zealand under the Skilled Migration programme.
Australian New Zealand Education Consultants have been in the Education industry since 1994 and is a Premier Education Representative in Sri Lanka.

SIT will be holding a Free Education Fair at Cinamon Lakeside (Formerly known as Trans Asia) on Sunday March 7 between 10 am and 3 pm. Come along with your original Transcripts for Spot Admissions.

For more information contact Australian New Zealand Education Consultants on 038-2235659 or visit them at 131/4 Horana Road, Panadura.

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