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WelTec and Whitireia launch new business qualification

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WelTec and Whitireia tonight at a business gathering hosted by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce announced the delivery of a refreshed business degree.

Over 100 guests attended the function where the newly named Bachelor of Business and Management* was announced. The Bachelor of Business and Management takes Whitireia and WelTec’s existing business degrees and joins them together in one exciting new qualification.

The Bachelor of Business and Management features a variety of specialisms including accounting, event management, hospitality management, marketing and sales. New majors will be available in 2019. These include Business Analysis and Knowledge Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain and Logistics Management, and Tourism Management.

“This new business degree has been co-designed with industry and includes part-time options for people in work,” says Chris Gosling Chief Executive WelTec and Whitireia. “We have extensive relationships with the business community and wanted to respond to their request for graduates with an in-depth practical knowledge in key areas such as supply chain and logistics management which is one of the new majors.

Head of the School of Business at WelTec and Whitireia Mick Jays says: “What sets this Business Degree apart from others is that it is delivered by an Institute of Technology & Polytechnic meaning it combines theory and practice to ensure students have the key technical and ‘soft skills’ required in a work place and plenty of practice along the way to apply their learning directly to a company’s operations and business activities.

“In the final year of the Bachelor of Business and Management students will undertake a project in industry which provides the capstone for their qualification giving the student an opportunity to demonstrate well developed ‘soft skills’ and creative thinking, along with their ability to apply concepts to contemporary business and management. This not only enriches the student’s learning experience, but also provides opportunities for businesses and government to have a talented student contributing new ideas and innovative approaches to business processes.”

John Milford Chief Executive of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce says: “We are really encouraged by the redevelopment of this programme, its emphasis for the real world and industry, and that it can be undertaken part-time for people in work.”

Speaking at the Indian New Zealand Business Council summit roadshow in Wellington Chris Roberts, CEO, Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) stressed the need for more skilled workers to meet the growth aspirations set in Tourism 2025. Chris Roberts supports applied programmes such as the Bachelor of Business Management, Tourism Management major and says that an applied Tourism degree will be welcomed by the industry “which is looking for new stars who have more than just academic knowledge.”

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