International College of New Zealand
Accreditation removed from ICNZ business courses

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has withdrawn accreditation for three business programmes at the International College of New Zealand (ICNZ), meaning that the programmes can no longer be delivered to international students.

Following recent monitoring after NZQA identified concerns regarding assessment capacity, the accreditation body has removed accreditation from the Auckland-based ICNZ for: the National Diploma in Business (Level 5); the National Diploma in Business (Level 6); and the Diploma in Business Management (Level 7).


NZQA Deputy Chief Executive Quality Assurance, Dr Grant Klinkum, said, "NZQA has monitored these business programmes and found that most of the assessments (95 per cent of the Level 5 and 6 and 70 per cent of the Level 7) were marked by ICNZ as a 'pass' when they should have failed. ICNZ has significantly failed to deliver the quality of education in these programmes that New Zealand's tertiary education sector is rightly well known for."


He said as a result of the intervention, credits awarded to students by ICNZ have been withdrawn and cannot be used towards a qualification. Dr Klinkum said in most cases, students would need to start their programme again with a new provider.


"The removal of accreditation at ICNZ is necessary in order to ensure quality education outcomes. When NZQA has concerns about the validity of assessment practices, we act to ensure the integrity of our qualifications system is maintained."


In a statement, NZQA said around 100 international students were impacted by the removal of accreditation from ICNZ. NZQA said it working on options to ensure the students would be given a refund of their course fees, along with the opportunity to sit an English language proficiency test if they wish to seek enrolment at an alternative provider.


NZQA has set up an information page for enquiries about the removal of accreditation at ICNZ.


Dr Klinkum said, "New Zealand's reputation for high-quality tertiary education relies on providers having robust quality assurance processes to ensure that qualifications are genuine, and employers and students can be confident in the qualifications.


"NZQA's role is to ensure quality education is delivered to students and that New Zealand qualifications are robust, credible and internationally recognised. We will not tolerate poor quality education provision. Where providers are not meeting the standards we expect of them, we take action to ensure the integrity of New Zealand's tertiary education system."


The episode is the latest intervention from NZQA in the sector this year, following removal of accreditation for Aotearoa Tertiary Institute and Linguis International Institute, the removal of programmes at New Zealand National College, and the suspension of international student enrolment at Imperial College of New Zealand, pending further monitoring.



By Matthew Knott

News Editor