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The Southern Institute of Technology is to host executives from International College of Advanced Technology (ICATS) next Monday 5 May until Wednesday 7 May at both the Invercargill and Christchurch campuses. This will be the first visit to SIT for the ICATS executives since the partnership was formalised in March this year. Tan Sri Dato Amar Aziz – Chair of ICATS,   Dato Baharuddin Abdullah – CEO of ICATS,  Mr. Rambli Hasbi – Deputy Executive Director (Student Services), and Mr. Isham Fauzi – Chief Operating Officer will meet with SIT executives and tour SIT facilities and campuses in regards to the pilot initiative the two institutions are working on.

The pilot project between ICATS and SIT involves stair casing ICATS trades students (Electrical and Construction) from ICATS to SIT’s Christchurch Campus with the opportunity to do an internship with construction firms involved with the rebuild of Christchurch City.  On the other side of the globe SIT programmes will be offered at ICATS Kuching Campus starting with National Certificate in Adult Education and Training Level 5 and the Bachelor in Hotel Management.

SIT CEO Penny Simmonds commented at the time of the partnership agreement “This paves the way for SIT programmes to be delivered partially in Kuching and students to transfer to SIT Invercargill to complete their qualification. Simmonds also added that the support of Associate Minister of Education Dr Pita Sharples, Deputy Speaker of the House and Invercargill MP Eric Roy as well as NZ High Commission David Pine at the signing ceremony in Kuching during NZ week ensured the collaboration received significant coverage in Borneo.

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