Centre for Continuing Education
The Centre’s principal objectives are to
- encourage community education and development throughout the University’s
region by direct programme provision and consequent social action, and by
the advisory and consultative activities of Centre staff
- provide learning opportunities for individual growth and development as
well as programmes that foster Māori development, self-determination, and
self-sufficiency within a community education framework
- serve as an educational resource base, primarily within the University’s
region but also to a limited extent nationally
- support and facilitate lifelong learning
- conduct or encourage research into aspects of continuing education.
In fulfilling its objectives the Centre is guided by principles of equity
and a philosophy of learning which
- create learning opportunities for people who previously have had limited
involvement in tertiary education
- value the life experiences of participants
- assist participants to understand and change their environment
- recognise the importance of open entry
- address current social issues, Treaty of Waitangi issues, and the Treaty’s
role in this country.
The Centre for Continuing Education provides a public service. It acts as
a vehicle to publicise and disseminate University research and knowledge. Equally,
the Centre acts as a link for the community to seek information and knowledge
particularly relevant to individual, local, regional and national needs. Members
of the staff have a professional responsibility as adult educators. This involves
identifying needs for programmes in continuing education and organising them.
Throughout the area it serves, the Centre will respond to appropriate requests
which may be made directly or channelled through community or iwi groups.
Programmes organised by the Centre for Continuing Education are administered
independently of the internal courses covered in the Calendar. Each semester
publicity material is printed to cover courses, seminars and workshops offered
in Hamilton and the regional area. Copies of programmes are available on application
to the Centre. With the exception of the Certificate of University Preparation,
no specific educational qualifications are required in order to attend the
The Centre for Continuing Education also publishes the proceedings of some
seminars and courses, as well as workbooks for use as adult learning resources.
The Centre for Continuing Education also offers a diverse range of Professional
Development programmes developed to meet the needs of the Waikato business
community. These programmes are offered as public sessions and specialised
The Centre for Continuing Education also offers a range of bridging courses
for adults returning to study, for intending credit course students who are
unfamiliar with the university environment and for students intending to enrol
or upskill in science.
In addition, the Centre offers the one semester Certificate of University
Preparation for English speaking students who do not meet NCEA entry requirements
to university. Further details of these programmes are found under the Foundation
and Bridging Programmes section of this Calendar, or can be obtained from the
Centre for Continuing Education.