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Postgraduate Study at Polytechnics in NZ: Where We Are? What are the Challenges? Where do we go?

Friday 11:30am - 12:40pm, CITRENZ Conference (Upstairs 1 (Signal))

The panel will discuss the postgraduate programmes at NZ polytechnics from two perspectives: domestic and international.

The discussion for both programmes for domestic and international students will include types of the programmes (PhDs, Masters, Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas) and the research component in these programmes.

We will discuss what we are doing, how well we are doing, our challenges and where do we want to go from here.

In particular, the discussion will cover the needs of students both domestic and international and our challenges to meet them. From the international students’ perspective, the panel will discuss the educational, cultural and technological challenges that these students are faced with.

The research environment and the challenges for the academics involved in the postgraduate study, as well as a possibility to collaborate, will be discussed.


David Skelton

Assistant Head of School for Schools of Business, Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT)

David Skelton has taught on the Bachelor and Master degrees in the Computing School on a wide variety of IT subjects including IT Management and E-Business.

He has a portfolio of work-integrated learning research investigating the graduate transition, and have tracked students through their internships and out into their first careers over a number of years.

Sam Mann

Professor of Information Technology, Otago Polytechnic

Samuel Mann is Professor of Information Technology at Otago Polytechnic where he has worked since 1997, including five years as Head of Department.

Sam has published over 150 conference and journal papers in the fields of augmented experiences; sustainability; and computer education.

Sam co-hosts Sustainable Lens: Resilence on Radio, a radio weekly show on sustainability topics (

Dobrila Lopez

Principal Lecturer, School of Computing, Eastern Institute of Technology

Dobrila is a Postgraduate IT Programme coordinator at the Auckland Campus of EIT.

Her research interests include Computing Education, User experience, Affective Computing and International Education.

She is leading two research projects project at the EIT: International students' perceptions of learning, teamwork and feedback and Students' peer mentoring programme.

She is reviewer and programme committee member for a number of conferences and journals.

Nilufar Baghei

Associate Professor, Academic Leader, Computer Science, Unitec

Nilufar has significant academic leadership experience in a variety of areas such as programme management, curriculum design, research and development, quality management and continuous improvement.

Her research interests are Game Design for Health/Education, Persuasive Technology & Intelligent Educational Systems. She has an extensive list of publications in international journals and conferences, is invited reviewer and editor for a number of international journals and conferences and has led the initiation and delivery of several successful funding applications.

Emre Erturk

Principal Lecturer, School of Computing, Hawke's Bay, Eastern Institute of Technology

Emre earned his PhD from the University of Oklahoma in 2007. He also has a background in institutional research.

His research interest includes cloud computing and computing education, alongside other topics. He has an extensive list of publications in international journals and conferences.

He is also an invited reviewer and editor for a number of international journals and conferences.

Mary Proctor

Head of the School of IT, WelTec & Whitireia

Mary Proctor is the Head of the School of IT at WelTec and Whitireia. She has almost twenty years’ experience in the tertiary education sector, most recently as Head of Department of Arts, Media and Digital Technology at NMIT.

Mary Proctor has an excellent track record for leading and promoting Information Technology. She is the current Chair of Computing and Information Technology Research and Education New Zealand (CITRENZ), part of IT Professionals New Zealand, and the national representative body for IT delivery by Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs).