In the early 1990s the New Zealand education system went through extensive reforms, including devolution of responsibility for institutional management and education delivery to individual institutions. A significant aspect of these reforms was the ability for government tertiary institutions to establish business enterprises to promote their services.
An initiative resulting from this commercial freedom was the establishment of Polytechnics International New Zealand Limited (PINZ), in 1994. PINZ was set up by a consortium of institutions from the New Zealand TVET sector, as an international consultancy company, which aimed to utilise the extensive human and physical resources of the consortium on education, training and social infrastructure projects.
Today, PINZ is an international project management and consulting firm with a proven track record of implementing successful education and economic reform projects in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. PINZ draws on the experience of the tertiary sector in New Zealand, and an extensive base of international consultants.
PINZ has completed over 120 international projects and programs in 30 countries ranging from small short term technical assistance projects to large, multi-year, multi site projects.
PINZ's focus is on projects that seek to strengthen individual and institutional capacities through system-wide review, technical assistance and training.
Specific examples of services include:
Policy and governance reform
Curriculum reform and development
TVET and Higher education and training
PINZ now operates under the ownership of Wintec
, one of the leading institutes of technology (ITPs) in New Zealand and is known as International Development Services. Wintec, a government owned institute of learning, has been providing high quality professional and vocational education to New Zealanders for over 80 years. Wintec is also active in the international arena. Apart from offering its services to international students and institutions abroad, Wintec is also engaged in programs in the education, health and energy sectors in emerging economies.
Our clients include governments, the private sector, multi-lateral (World Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, ILO, UNESCO) and bi-lateral (NZAID, AusAID) agencies.