Whitireia and WelTec Research Symposium a success

Whitireia Research Manager Dr Elizabeth Asbury has described the fourth annual Whitireia and WelTec Research Symposium (WWRS), presented this year in association with the Open Polytechnic, as a “roaring success.”


The symposium was held last Friday at the Whitireia campus in Porirua and brought together a wide range of presenters from Whitireia, WelTec, Open Polytechnic, Manukau Institute of Technology, Waiariki Institute of Technology, Tai Poutini Polytechnic and Southern Institute of Technology. In total, 90 submissions were presented – 74 oral presentations, 14 poster presentations and two exhibitions.

“The breadth of work presented was a real showcase for ITP research and illustrated how vibrant the research culture within these organisations has become,” said Whitireia/WelTec CEO Chris Gosling.

The symposium had a multi-disciplinary approach and was divided into five streams: Teaching and Learning; Māori and Pacific/Early Childhood Education; Business, Engineering, Hospitality and IT; Health and Wellbeing; and Creative and Performing Arts.


Dr Asbury said the collaboration received an incredible amount of support from all faculties and research staff across the organisations.

“We’re very thankful to everyone who contributed to and supported the symposium, particularly the presenters who shared their work.”

“It really has grown from year to year. Next year’s event will be held at WelTec and we look forward to receiving another round of high quality submissions across an even broader range of subjects,” said Dr Asbury.


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