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QRC launches into Northland

In an exciting expansion for QRC, April 2016 will see the first class of students attend our newest campus, QRC Tai Tokerau Resort College in Paihia, Northland.

Tourism has been highlighted as a significant contributor to the region’s economy, a major driver in QRC’s decision to expand into Northland, along with the developing interest in cultural tourism. The Tai Tokerau campus will aim for 75 per cent domestic enrolments and 25 per cent international students.

Paihia was chosen for its focus on tourism and unique learning environment. The college is being welcomed as a key contributor to growing tourism in the region, providing a steady supply of local young people with top class hospitality and tourism skills to work in the region’s tourism companies.

"Tourism is high on the priority list of the Government’s Northland Strategy, and combined with proposed investment in the sector to provide career outcomes for graduates, the timing is right to introduce QRC to the region," says QRC CEO Charlie Phillips.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce welcomed the announcement saying “this is a special education and tourism partnership which constitutes a great early win from the Northland Regional Growth Programme.”

Also voicing support for the opening of the college was local business group Northland Inc, NZ Maori Tourism, local schools and tourism hospitality industry.

NZ Māori Tourism Chief Executive Pania Tyson-Nathan said the college will provide much needed skilled staff to cater to the growing number of tourism businesses in both Northland and New Zealand.

“Northland has strong aspirations for their tourism sector and this has been obvious through the support the College has received from Northlanders, especially our local rangatahi who are full of enthusiasm for the opportunity to study and work here,” Tyson-Nathan said.

The college will offer a Hospitality Management Diploma, starting with 25 students in April, growing to 75 by the end of the year and eventually 350 places will be offered. Adventure Tourism Management will be introduced in 2017.

A partnership with Chinese company Shanghai CRED will see up to 50 Chinese students a year study at the college.

Find out more about QRC Tai Tokerau Resort College.

  • Posted By: Andrea Preston on Tue, 15th Dec 2015 @ 17:39:22