Otago Polytechnic

Our Strategic Goals
Ō Mātou Whāika ā-Rautaki


Achieve excellent outcomes for our learners

  • our graduates are work ready: capable for employment and for self-employment
  • our graduates achieve employment or self-employment appropriate to their capabilities
  • our graduates can practise sustainably
  • our learners succeed in their studies
  • our learners enjoy an outstanding experience with us
  • our learners achieve personal growth and development
  • our learning and teaching is research informed.


Lead the way in sustainable practice

  • our programmes of learning develop sustainable practice
  • our operations are sustainable
  • our environmental footprint is minimised
  • our environmental handprint is expanded
  • our leadership encourages others to embrace sustainable practices
  • communities are improved as a consequence of our actions

Be a responsive treaty partner in meeting the educational aspirations of mana whenua 

  • we engage effectively with industry, professions, Māori businesses, community, government, Kāi Tahu
  • we understand the needs of our communities and respond to these needs
  • those with whom we collaborate have confidence in us
  • our collaborations add value to Otago Polytechnic and to those with whom we collaborate.

Note: Kāi Tahu is Mana Whenua in Otago, Ngāti Whātua in Auckland.


Be a strong and agile organisation

  • we are future focussed and highly adaptable
  • our operational processes are efficient and effective
  • our organisation and management is world class
  • we invest in appropriate innovation and development
  • we make a consistent annual operating surplus to fund future investment
  • we have balanced sources of revenue, minimising reliance on any one source
  • we collaborate effectively to achieve our objectives

Attract and sustain exceptional staff who make a difference

  • our staff are diverse, reflecting the make-up of our learner community
  • we have an engaging and stimulating work environment
  • our terms and conditions of employment are competitive
  • our staff are highly capable and qualified for their roles
  • we recognise and reward staff achievements and success
  • we have a safe and healthy work environment
  • our staff are engaged and connected with industry and communities
  • the staff experience is outstanding



Our Service Offering

  • provide programmes which meet local and regional training and education needs
  • provide programmes of national and international relevance
  • provide access to learning at a distance and in workplaces (open learning)
  • provide opportunities for staff and learners to help solve community and industry problems