More than a thousand people have graduated from NMIT’s B. Com programme, the first in Australasia to receive a five-year accreditation (in 2015) from recently merged new governing body, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).
Some of the original NMIT business students including Francesco Pessione, director of local accountancy firm RWCA, and Gilbert Robertson, head of Nelson-based business advisory firm, Your Success, were at the celebrations.
Head of the NMIT Business department John Inglis, a graduate himself, says NMIT is regarded as having some of the best qualified business tutors in the country. “We’re fortunate in being able to attract the very best people who come for the local lifestyle as well as a vocation.”
At Thursday’s party were some of the original tutors and designers of the Bachelor of Commerce programme, including Chris Turner who is retiring after 27 years, and the NMIT chief executive at the time the degree was launched, John Cretney.
Others attending are 2017 graduates and NMIT staff members including former graduates, Caroline Holland and Olivia Carson.
Olivia Carson, the B. Com programme co-ordinator, says the degree has been re-developed for next year for the first time in its history to give it more flexibility for students. “The emphasis is moving away from classroom learning, giving more options for people who are working full-time or who can’t come to the campus every day.”
John Inglis says the degree will continue to focus on applied learning, making graduates “work and world ready.
“It has been an incredibly successful degree and very important for our region and businesses. It’s well worth a party to celebrate 25 years.”
Graduates talk about their experience: