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Tongan institute joins forces with MIT

Last updated 05:00 31/01/2014

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The Manukau Institute of Technology has signed its first ever memorandum of co-operation with a Tongan education institute.

MIT's new relationship with Ahopanilolo Technical Institute aims to create more educational opportunities for Tongan communities in Counties Manukau and in Tonga.

Possible initiatives could include the sharing of teaching materials, staff development, and help to support advancement in the culinary, hospitality and hairdressing sectors.

MIT's director of external relations Stuart Middleton says both parties stand to gain knowledge and development.

"MIT is enriched by this relationship and we are looking forward to growing and flourishing with great mutual benefit," he says.

Sister Kieoma Finau from ATI is grateful for the chance to work with MIT.

"This partnership will open the door for us to develop our programmes and give opportunities to gain higher qualifications and hopefully experience greener pastures in New Zealand," she says.

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- Manukau Courier

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