SIT enrolments off to a good start
Enrolments for domestic students are up on 2016 as the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) gears up for the new academic year.
While enrolment numbers are still being finalised for semester one, SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds said there had been an increase both at the Invercargill campus and distance learning with SIT2LRN.
Compared to this time last year, there were more than 100 new enrolments on the books.
Simmonds said so far in 2017, media-related courses were proving popular.
"We have seen really strong growth around the Film area and New Media programmes generally (New Media includes Audio Production, Commerce, Fashion, Music, and Screen Arts)."
There were also several new courses which had also been added to the SIT curriculum for the new year.
Simmonds said both the new Master of Information Technology and Master of Applied Management courses were "gaining in momentum of applicants".
Another new course, the Master of Applied Health Sciences, would be introduced for semester two in July.
International enrolments were expected to provide a key source of students this year.
While there were no immediate figures for 2017, Simmonds said India and China comprised the largest contingent of foreign students, followed by Korea, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Of these, Korea was a relatively new market, having gained considerable momentum since 2015.
Along with the new entrants on campus, some special guests were also on hand for day three of Orientation Week.
Team members from the Southland Stags and Southern Steel joined in the fun, with Southland's pro athletes taking some time to test their skills against the new students.
While veteran flanker Tim Boys manned the barbecues and kept the sausages and hash browns under control, Stags, Steel players and students competed in a netball shoot-out and drop-goal competition.