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With our world becoming increasingly concerned about how to protect and conserve our environment, there has never been a better time to become an expert in this area.

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) student Raphael Karnuth has always had a passion for the environment, its biology and especially New Zealand’s native species. 


Song, dance and Indonesian food will be a growing trend with an increasing number of students from Indonesia studying at the Southern Institute of Technology.

Newly elected Indonesian ambassador Tantowi Yahya was in Invercargill on Sunday meeting with the city's Indonesian community.


Outgoing Southern Institute of Technology Council chairwoman Sarah Brown has more than 11 years of memories at the SIT.

Brown stood down from the position at the council's AGM on Monday.

She has been chairwoman for six years, but on the council for 11.

She had seen many changes at SIT in those years, the most notable being the steady increase in international student numbers and advances in facilities.


With New Zealand screaming out for workers skilled in the construction industry, students like Narcisse Carr have their wits about them, knowing they will be in hot demand once their studies have finished.

Narcisse completed her Certificate in Joinery, graduating in 2016. One of only two females on her course, she quickly became a skilled joiner, her interest in woodwork fostered from a young age by helping out with projects in her dad’s garage.


Southern pupils were surprised with stationary donations this week.

Staff from the Southern Institute of Technology delivered care-packages full of stationery to Ascot Community School, Te Wharekura O Arowhenua, New River Primary and Invercargill Middle School.


A CHARITY which helps people locally and overseas has been donated a child’s outdoor fort to be auctioned.

Orphans Aid International op-shop manager Kathryn Casey said she had asked Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) staff for an object to be donated towards the charity’s van fundraiser, and was pleasantly surprised to be offered the substantial fort.

“They have been so supportive over the years so I thought I would approach them… I was thinking of a child’s playhouse to raffle at Christmas-time so was delighted when we were offered the fort,” Mrs Casey said.


International students are boosting Southland's economy and locking-in skilled workers.

A report by Education New Zealand studied the economic impact of international education in Southland for 2015-16.

The report says, international students in the region spend an average of $33,200 and foreign exchange earnings amounted to $46.3 million for 2015-16.

SIT international department and marketing manager Chami Abeysinghe said the impact of international education in the region showed significant exchange earnings as well as a substantial number of jobs created.


Southern MPs Todd Barclay and Sarah Dowie have welcomed this week’s publication of new research showing the significant economic benefits of international education for Southland and Otago.

The Regional Economic Impact Reports detail living costs, tuition fees, average spend per student, the number of jobs supported and economic value of international education.


A group of southern students are helping keep racing events in regional Southland alive. 

Event management students from the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) have been put in charge of promoting the Wyndham Cup Day races as part of an assessment. 

Student Balroop Singh said they were hoping to attract more than 500 people to the event. 


Dr Sally Dobbs is the new chair of NETS (Nursing Education in the Tertiary Sector). Find out about her career spanning a position as deputy matron of an army field hospital in Bosnia and nursing on a hospital ship in the Amazon.


Enrolments for domestic students are up on 2016 as the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) gears up for the new academic year. 

While enrolment numbers are still being finalised for semester one, SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds said there had been an increase both at the Invercargill campus and distance learning with SIT2LRN.


SOUTHERN Institute of Technology’s (SIT) Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen has been awarded the honour of a visiting research fellowship to the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

The SIT Bachelor of Contemporary Music and Audio Production academic leader will visit the School of Music at ANU in May for 10 days to learn more about its music engagement programme as well as to teach and present at a workshop for graduates, as part of an ongoing collaboration between the two institutions.


Construction for the new Southern Institute of Technology accommodation on Yarrow St has started.

SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds said site clearing and preparation of the subgrade was under way on Monday after work at the site started last week.

Henderson Construction is now on site, she said.


Friday was a proud day for Natalie Barlow.

For years the mother-of-two has dedicated herself to helping her family and her husband with his business. But Friday was her day.

Barlow graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the Southern Institute of Technology.

She was one of hundreds of students donning the black robes and celebrating their success at the end of year graduation ceremony.

After completing a diploma in business and marketing about 14 years ago in Auckland, Barlow said she wanted to update her knowledge.


Does your Bic still flick? Have you got pencils and erasers that still have lots of life left in them? Then a stationery appeal for Southland primary school kids could be just the thing for you.

Students wrapping up their study for the year are being encouraged to donate their pens, pencils and rulers to the Southland Stationery Drive which will support the province's lower decile schools.

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