The Open Polytechnic has started as a Technical Correspondence School in 1946, In order to provide training for the resettlement of the returned servicemen and women of World War-2. In 1963, it became the Technical Correspondence Institute and started offering national training in trades’ subjects. In 1990 the institution was renamed The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, as the specialist national provider of open and distance learning at tertiary level. The Open Polytechnic is governed by its Council which is chaired by Graeme Hall.
In this University Teaching is carried by eight specialist Schools integrated within a single Faculty. The faculties include School of Business, School of Commerce Enterprise, School of Education Studies, School of Engineering, Trades and Construction, School of Environment and Primary Industries, School of Health and Community, School of Information Science and Technology, School of Social Sciences. Open Polytechnic offers academic programmes in business; education; social work; psychology and health; agriculture and horticulture; library and information studies; art and design; communication; construction, trades and engineering; environment; humanities and social sciences; IT and computing; law and legal; mathematics; personal and professional development; pharmacy; real estate; quality assurance; work and study skills. They offer Diploma & Degree courses.
Open Polytechnic is New Zealand's leading distance and online learning provider, the number of students in this University are 31,000 students each year. This institution has over 65 years of experience. The number of international students from over 40 countries around the world. The number of teaching staff is around 400 members. In 400 they are divided as 120 full time academic staff that is highly qualified and over 320 adjunct Faculty who is mostly off campus with expertise.
The Open Polytechnic is administered by our Chief Executive, Dr Caroline Seelig, supported by the senior management team. Research is an integral and vital part of the teaching and learning provided by Open Polytechnic. Academic staffs in the eight schools conduct most of the research, although the Learning Support Centre and library staff also participate in research. This University provides internal funding for appropriate proposals and also regularly applies for external funding support.
The following is the list of articles by scholars from The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand that are published in OMICS International journals.