International College of Auckland
International College of Auckland loses accreditation on some courses

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has assisted the transfer of international students to an alternative provider following the voluntary withdrawal of accreditation for some programmes by the International College of Auckland (ICA).

NZQA said the voluntary withdrawal by ICA followed routine monitoring that identified "quality assurance issues in relation to ICA's assessment and moderation" of certain programmes.


The voluntary withdrawal by ICA affected the following courses: NZIM Diploma in Management (Level 5); NZIM Diploma in Management Advanced (Level 6); National Diploma in Business (Level 5); and the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6).


Other programmes at ICA will continue to be offered, subject to conditions and continued monitoring by NZQA.


NZQA Deputy Chief Executive Quality Assurance, Dr Grant Klinkum, said, "NZQA, ICA and the new provider have ensured students are fully informed and are working together to provide a transition package that allows these students to continue their studies with a full package of learning and support."


According to NZQA, around 70 international students were affected. A statement on ICA's website confirmed that students were placed with Concordia Institute of Business.


In a statement, NZQA said, "The vast majority of providers deliver excellent tertiary outcomes for students and conform to the rules and requirements. These providers support NZQA's quality assurance interventions as it protects students and ensures the integrity of New Zealand's tertiary education.


The accreditation body said it has completely cancelled registration of five tertiary providers in the current year, approximately one per cent of the total number of institutions it quality assures.


StudyTravel Magazine has reported on NZQA actions against: Aotearoa Tertiary Institute; AWI International Education Group; Imperial College of New Zealand; International College of New Zealand; Linguis International Institute; New Zealand National College; and Retail Business and Management College.



By Matthew Knott

News Editor