The news that the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) has signed a Scholarly Exchange Agreement with 29 Chinese universities is a very big deal.

SIT has delivered another potential boost to the local economy with this initiative.  While they are aiming for up to 20 students per year, the exposure to these universities really puts Invercargill and Southland to the fore.

Other similar initiatives by SIT over the last few years have seen Invercargill become more ethnically diverse, and brought our city to the attention of plenty across the sub-continent and Asia.

Their innovative approach to developing international student numbers, and making Invercargill a more interesting place, is to be applauded.