Ara Institute of Canterbury is one of New Zealand's largest tertiary institutions and the largest in the South Island. It is a government guaranteed institution with a reputation for providing high quality degree, diploma, and certificate and English programs. Ara Institute of Canterbury is a progressive tertiary institute providing world-class, tertiary-level education throughout the Canterbury and Waitaki region. Ara was created in 2016 when education providers CPIT and Aoraki Polytechnic merged, bringing together two well-established organisations and over 200 years of collective experience and success The Ara experience is all about learning, respect, innovation, connection and success. Ara tutors have years of professional experience and extensive industry connections. Most programmes include work-integrated learning (up to 1400 hours for some qualifications) and its course completion rate is among the highest in New Zealand
6 Campuses :Christchurch (2), Timaru (2), Ashburton and at Oamaru in North Otago.
Faculties: Foundation studies, Music Arts, Visual Arts & Design, Nursing, Applied Management (Business), Engineering, Applied Science, Information Technology, Education, Architecture, School of Broadcasting: Radio journalism
Ara provides Christchurch with an alternative education experience offering study with a strong practical focus. Foundation studies are offered through to Post Graduate qualifications including degrees. The institution has a history of over 100 years and in this time has earned an outstanding reputation. Staff at Ara is industry professionals, chosen for the exceptional knowledge and experiences that they can share with students. Ara has two main campuses, both located in the city. Courses offered cover a broad range of subjects from fine arts, and building to business and science, with many more options also available.
Ara has an ethnically and academically diverse student body. It celebrates these differences as a key part of the culture at the institution. Polyculture week is an international celebration festival held every year.. The festival recognises the 60 different nationalities represented at Ara. All students are invited to get involved in the eating and entertainment based events.
Ara hosts New Zealand’s only school for radio journalism and communication, the School of Broadcasting.
Ara places a strong emphasis on practical skills. Because of the current rebuilt of Christchurch, the following programmes are particularly exciting at Ara: Architecture, Engineering and Applied Management.. These qualifications are highly regarded due to students receiving a large amount of practical experience as well as theory prior to completing their studies. Graduates of these programmes will find excellent employment opportunities in Christchurch
Ara offers a range of fine arts programmes for students including, fashion, music and others. These arts schools are provided a space each year for students to display their creative work to other students and the public. The fashion school hosts two fashion shows each year that are highly regarded.
Achieving your goals and experiencing the essence of student life can be both exciting and challenging. Ara’s support services are devoted to helping students enjoy all the benefits of being a student.
Support services staff can help from enrolment to accommodation advice through to learning support and choosing a career. There is plenty of opportunity to socialize with several cafes and outstanding recreation facilities.
Following Services are provided to the students of Ara:
Christchurch offers Ara a perfect place for its students to learn in a city undergoing immense change. It presents a location of exciting potential for students and staff to participate in the rejuvenation of the city. The local business community has a strong relationship with the institution and work experience is often encouraged as a key aspect of the study experience. The two campuses are both located close to the CBD, which has recently put forth innovative and safe approaches to retail such as the colourful ReSTART mall.
Website Details : http://www.ara.ac.nz/