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5These developments substantially raise the level of programmes offered atWhitireia.One of our main strategic directions is to move towards internationalisation ofthe curriculum so that our students are better prepared to live and work in aglobal world. Most programmes now include relevant aspects.We also wish to integrate and highlight the contribution of internationalstudents into all activities at Whitireia. A highlight of the year is InternationalDay with students in traditional dress demonstrating the dances and providingthe food from their countries. Sports activities such as table tenniscompetitions structure opportunities for interaction between local andinternationals students.There are two key areas of risk which require careful attention andmanagement.The first is the vulnerability of the international student market where theactions of other players can jeopardise New Zealand’s reputation and impacton continuing enrolments. Endeavours to mitigate this risk includediversifying source countries rather than relying on a single market anddeveloping diverse modes of delivery, for example, supporting thedevelopment of in-country beginner programmes which then lead on to studyin New Zealand.The second major risk, as always, is potential changes in government fundingas the government moves towards steering the system to better meet identifiedneeds.The wisest safeguard is to ensure that the programmes we offer areeducationally sound and meet real needs in our communities.In addition, to lessen any negative impacts from either of the identified riskareas, we should keep the costs of core activities in line with usual practice,hold contingency money to cope with any sudden down turn, and useoperating surpluses to build capital infrastructure which is operationally costeffective.Whitireia continues to focus on working closely in collaborative partnershipsregionally, nationally and internationally.Our work with other tertiary education institutions in the ITP e-learning forumand with E-Learnz received a boost from substantial government funding of anumber of major e-learning initiatives. Whitireia students will benefit fromthese developments into the future.Regional collaborations have included the establishment of a joint prospectusweb-site which gives useful access to information on all tertiary educationprogrammes in the Wellington region. Other initiatives have focused oncollaborative developments for Information and CommunicationsTechnology, Creative Industries and Optics.Following the acceptance by Council of the Campus Development Plan, weembarked on the first major new building which has now been completed.The Business and Computing Centre is a two-storied building of 2,000 squaremetres for classrooms, offices and computer suites and substantially raises thestandard of buildings at Whitireia. It makes a significant difference to thecampus as being substantial and permanent, as well as providing an additionalsizeable glassed-over socialisation space for students.That the development has been achieved on time and under budget is a greatcredit to the project managers, architects and staff who have worked so well toensure the success of the project.

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