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The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Lower Hutt , New Zealand
Lower Hutt , New Zealand
University Facts
Lower HuttNew Zealand
About University
The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand


  • Significant Milestones:

    • Established in 1990 as the first open-distance learning institution in New Zealand.
    • Became a Crown entity in 2005.
    • Celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2020.
  • Notable Achievements:

    • Consistently ranked among the top distance learning institutions in the world.
    • Received numerous awards for its innovative teaching and learning practices.
    • Recognized for its commitment to equity and inclusion.

Student Life:

  • Extracurricular Activities:

    • Student clubs and societies covering various interests, including sports, culture, and social events.
    • Opportunities for volunteering and community engagement.
  • Sports Teams:

    • Open Polytechnic has its own sports teams that compete in inter-tertiary competitions.
  • Student Support Services:

    • Academic advisors and tutors to provide personalized support.
    • Counseling and mental health services.
    • Disability support services.
  • Campus Facilities:

    • (Open Polytechnic is a distance learning institution without a physical campus.)


  • Academic Resources:

    • Extensive online library with access to e-books, journals, and databases.
    • Learning management system (LMS) with interactive tools and resources.
    • Virtual classrooms for online collaboration.
  • Faculty:

    • Experienced and qualified academic staff with industry expertise.
    • Many faculty members are active researchers and practitioners.
  • Teaching Methodologies:

    • Flexible and self-paced learning.
    • Blended learning approach combining online and face-to-face components.
    • Emphasis on practical application and real-world skills.
  • Academic Support Services:

    • Academic writing support.
    • Math and statistics support.
    • Language support for non-native English speakers.
  • Unique Academic Programs or Initiatives:

    • Micro-credentials and stackable qualifications.
    • Industry-aligned programs developed in partnership with employers.
    • Flexible study options to accommodate diverse student needs.

Top Reasons to Study Here:


    Consistently ranked among the top distance learning institutions globally.


    Ranked 1st in New Zealand and 10th worldwide in the QS World University Rankings: Distance Learning 2023.

    Specialized Facilities:

    State-of-the-art online learning platform and extensive online library.

    Industry Connections:

    Strong partnerships with industry leaders to ensure program relevance and graduate employability.

    Notable Alumni:

    Graduates have gone on to successful careers in various fields, including education, healthcare, business, and government.



    Confidential counseling services for students facing personal or academic challenges.


    Access to health and wellness resources through partnerships with external providers.


    Assistance with finding off-campus housing.

    Library Resources:

    Extensive online library with access to a wide range of resources.

    Technology Support:

    Dedicated IT support team to assist with technical issues.

    Career Development:

    Career counseling, resume writing, and job search support.
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