Last week, the University of Waikato and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology finalised an agreement to collaborate and deliver education focused on sport in the Bay of Plenty.
This will include jointly delivering a Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance from both the University of Waikato in Tauranga, and the Toi Ohomai Windermere campus from 2020.
The Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance is an exciting contemporary degree that will be delivered by highly qualified staff from both organisations. It will include a combination of theoretical and applied practical learning experiences, as well as the opportunity for students to experience in-work placements.
Toi Ohomai will continue to offer certificates and diplomas in sport, recreation and exercise that will all have pathways into the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance. Similarly, the University of Waikato will continue to deliver its postgraduate suite of high-performance sport programmes from the Adams Centre in Mount Maunganui. The collaboration between these two major tertiary organisations will also enable opportunities for joint research and staff development.
University of Waikato Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alister Jones, said this collaboration is unique in that it offers students the best that both organisations have to offer.
“This degree will give students access to cutting-edge facilities, the latest sport science equipment, and the expertise of two sets of staff, as well as the opportunity to study at both campuses,” said Professor Jones.
Toi Ohomai Chief Executive, Dr Leon Fourie, said that this degree will enable students stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest knowledge, science and innovation in the industry.
"We know the health and sport environment is changing rapidly, relying more on advanced technologies and innovation. We know that this degree will ensure graduates are at the forefront of that change.”
Dr Fourie also said the opening of Waikato University’s new campus in Tauranga opened up an obvious opportunity for collaboration between the organisations.
“Looking ahead, we’ll work together to identify further benefits for all our students and stakeholders, and collaborate to best maximise these opportunities as they arise.”
Students enrolling on the Bachelor of Health Sport and Human Performance will have the choice of taking a specified programme of study or choosing from a range of pathways and electives.
Graduates will be able to work in the health, sport, active recreation, and wellbeing industries as applied sports scientists, sports advisors, events managers, community health leads, personal trainers, coaches and more.
Toi Ohomai will no longer enrol new students onto its Bachelor of Sport and Recreation but will continue to offer the degree for the next two years until the last students have graduated.