Southern Institute of Technology Tay St campus Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Southern Institute of Technology Tay St campus Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Last week I was part of a Southland delegation in South East Asia promoting tertiary education opportunities at SIT with Mayor Tim and SIT CEO Penny Simmonds. 

SIT has a good story to tell. It is now the fifth largest technical institute in New Zealand and has more than 550 foreign students.

Education is the third largest export earner in New Zealand after primary production and tourism.

Southland has to battle hard to compete with centres like Auckland but we can compete and our friendly and hospitable community is a plus. 

Being Deputy Speaker of the Parliament certainly opens doors in a lot of Asian countries  so it is great to be of assistance to our education community in Southland. 

Business is about building networks and being genuinely interested in those you work with to build trust and a relationship.  That is what SIT does very well.