New Zealand’s Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) are state-owned organisations providing vocational and applied education and training.
ITPs offer courses that are equivalent in merit to university courses. The courses range from certificates to full degree and postgraduate studies.
Historically, universities focused on academic studies while polytechnics focused on vocational training. However in recent years both types of institution have expanded their programmes, creating an overlap.
There are 18 ITPS (Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics) in New Zealand. They delivers technical, vocational and professional education. They also promote research, particularly applied and technological research, that aids development
ITPs have two semesters – February to June and July to November. Some half-year courses start in July.