WE LTEC ANNUAL REPORT 2015
COUNCIL CHAIR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S FOREWORD
Welcome to the 2015 Annual Report for the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec). WelTec has an important role in the Wellington economy as a tertiary education provider to 8,696 students in 2015. WelTec contributed significantly to the competiveness of the regional economy, principally by supplying businesses and other employers with productive, quality employees.
Our contribution to the economy was again captured by economic research company, BERL who estimated WelTec’s operations contributed almost $70M in GDP and just under 540 FTE jobs to the Wellington regional economy in 2015. This excludes the economic impact generated by the expenditure of international students and domestic students who come from outside the region. A key priority for the Council is the Students First Partnership between WelTec and Whitireia. The Council’s recent review of the Students First Partnership noted the following achievements: •
A single Council driving the strategic direction of both institutions and taking a Wellington Region-wide approach to education provision;
A single Academic Board and Quality Management System which will ultimately deliver for students a seamless and transferable education experience between the two Institutions;
The teaching of programmes at each other’s campuses;
Significant milestones progressing the creation of joint centres in the creative technologies and arts, and in health and wellbeing across WelTec and Whitireia;
Expansion of the shared services business unit to include facilities operations which has delivered efficiencies and savings in procurement and IT services. These services will expand over time into other back office functions and to other institutions; and
A joint international marketing strategy for Wellington, which has been extended to other tertiary and secondary providers.
Above: Hon Roger Sowry, Dr Linda Sissons with Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.
These achievements would not have been possible without the formal strategic partnership and the commitment of Council and senior managers.