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"Our community partnerships are ensuring success for the Western Bay by investing early in our next generation of workers to equip them with the knowledge, tools,  and skillsets so they can fully harness the opportunities and challenges that the future will bring." - Alex Barrett, Future of Work Advisor, Priority One

Bay of Plenty Tertiary Partners

The Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership (BOPTEP) was initially founded between the University of Waikato and the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic on the basis of increasing tertiary education opportunities for the region. In 2010, BOPTEP expanded to include Whakatāne-based Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and in 2014 Rotorua-based Waiariki Institute of Technology joined the group. In 2016, the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Waiariki Institute of Technology merged to become Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Options for tertiary study in Tauranga

The University of Waikato's Tauranga campus is in the heart of the CBD adds to their current range of qualifications and combines beautiful beaches, a relaxed lifestyle and world-class university study.

The University of Waikato is committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio. With around 13,000 students and 1,500 staff, they offer a distinctive and rewarding university experience, while pursuing strong international links to advance knowledge.

Toi Ohomai is one of the largest tertiary education providers in the Bay of Plenty and South Waikato regions, with more than 12,000 students studying across more than 25 delivery sites in Rotorua, Taupō, Tauranga, Tokoroa and Whakatāne.

With more than 150 study options covering specialities in business, creative arts, engineering, forestry, health and nursing, hospitality, marine science, road transport, tourism, trades and more. We strive to inspire through learning, to ensure our people, communities and region continue to prosper and flourish.

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi plays a distinctive and crucial role in tertiary education, providing an opportunity to learn based on the values of āhuatanga Māori according to tikanga Māori. Strong relationships with our communities of interest – in Aotearoa and internationally – drive the relevance of our academic programmes, teaching and research.