The Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) is a government institute of technology offering tertiary education programmes throughout New Zealand. SIT is located in Invercargill, New Zealand, with smaller campuses in Queenstown, Christchurch and Gore. We have one of the largest distance learning faculties in the country. All programmes offered by the institute are accredited and approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. SIT offers over 180 programmes ranging from certificate level right up to postgraduate studies.
SIT has a proud history of vocational education and training. For over 40 years SIT has been providing students with quality education across a range of subject areas including Health, Sports, Computing, Business, Creative Arts, New Media, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Beauty Therapy, Animal Care, Engineering, Construction and a multitude of course in Trades and Technology. This variety enables you to enter your training at the level that suits you and to progress as you are ready. Many of our programmes link to higher level qualifications at SIT and other institutions in New Zealand and throughout the world.
SIT has adopted unique teaching methodologies to ensure the students in our programmes maintain engaged throughout their studies with us. In addition to typical classroom settings, SIT also offers blended delivery methods with students being able to access their study materials through SIT’s interactive web based virtual classroom, Blackboard® supported by workshops, practical assessments and internships. We are proud to have tutors that have years of industry experience which they bring to the classrooms, allowing students to evaluate their learning in real life scenarios. As an Institute of Technology our programmes are vocational based and are strongly supported by our communities. SIT is proud to have industry representatives on our advisory committees that project knowledge of industry needs to the curriculum we offer. Students are ensured to gain qualifications that fit industry needs, thereby allowing them to become highly employable.
SIT has around 13,000 full and part-time students. It is big enough to offer variety yet small enough to retain a friendly atmosphere. However, our real draw card is our southern hospitality and unique outdoors, full of adventure and recreational opportunities through to extreme sports challenges.
SIT’s International student body has grown from strength to strength in recent years. 2013 saw 850 international enrolments, which is approximately 550 EFTS (Equivalent Full Time Students) the highest number of international students SIT has seen. This was a 37% increase from 2012 figures.
SIT has established a number of unique strategies to attract students from India and the sub continent. The first initiative was engaging the services of renowned New Zealander cricketer and former Indian Cricket team coach John Wright as a brand ambassador for the Southern Institute of Technology. The association gave birth to the John Wright Scholarships (JWS) that are awarded to up and coming sports men and women who have proven track records in their chosen field of sports. In 2012, SIT expanded these scholarships to recognise students with outstanding academic achievements and thereby allowing them an opportunity to come and study with us under the JWS scheme.
Understanding the huge financial burden international students undertake when deciding to study abroad, SIT has recently introduced a 16 week accommodation scholarship to students undertaking Postgraduate studies with us in 2014. The accommodation scholarship allows students to stay at newly completed, state of the art, SIT apartments at no cost to the student. This is equal to approximately NZ$ 4,000.00, money students would have to had to show and have available for rent and electricity.
SIT and the communities we serve value our international students and understand their contribution towards our economy and how they enrich our culture and exposure. In 2014, we hope to grow our student population to over 1,000 student bodies. Working closely with Education New Zealand and ironing out immigration procedures will be key to our success in Sri Lanka and all international markets.