Master’s Degree a first for NMIT

Master’s Degree a first for NMIT

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) has taken another academic step by introducing its first ever Master’s Degree – and with a twist on the typical offerings of post-graduate programmes.

NMIT is aiming at local business managers and owners, devising a choice of elective courses with direct application for industries such as aquaculture as well as a Māori management and leadership paper.

Part-time study options will be part of the offering.

Acting chief executive Virginia Watson says the different elements of NMIT’s Master of Applied Management (MAM) make it stand out from many other Master’s programmes in New Zealand.

“Being able to offer a Master of Applied Management (MAM) programme lifts NMIT to another academic level. It’s significant for the top of the South because it can directly benefit local businesses and the economy.”

Susannah Roddick, who has overseen the programme development, says the Māori management and leadership course is one of a number of electives which means the degree can be tailored to student needs. Others include “Finance for managers”, “Risk management and decision making and “Educational change management.”

She says the post-graduate programme has been developed after consulting with employers and potential students. “They’ve told us they are looking for education that can be directly applied to their business and, therefore, which offers a return on investment.”

Olivia Hall, a developer of the Māori management and leadership paper, says it will compare indigenous and western models with Māori development activity. “A key is understanding the evolution from traditional to contemporary leadership in Māori tribal, business and cultural contexts.”

Virginia Watson says NMIT has a growing depth of qualified people who will be involved with the MAM programme. “The industry electives, such as management in sustainable aquaculture, or in logistics and supply chains, reflect the strengths of people at NMIT.”

She says the MAM is also likely to appeal to overseas students.

Susannah Roddick says the 15-month programme can also be studied part-time which will allow students to study as they work.

The first intake will be in February 2018.

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