Kia ora. Welcome to Ara
Ara Institute of Canterbury is a vibrant, progressive, government-funded tertiary institute providing world-class, tertiary-level education throughout the Canterbury and Waitaki region. Ara was created in 2016 when education providers CPIT and Aoraki Polytechnic merged, bringing together two well-established organisations and over 200 years of collective experience and success.
Our talented staff, innovative business collaborators and supportive community partners are passionate about the role they play in our students’ success. Together, we’re committed to equipping every student with the industry-relevant knowledge, skills and experience they need to get the job they want and to excel in it.
Our learning models and course content continually evolve to respond to industry and regional needs. To ensure our students have real-world experience, we offer an ever-expanding array of workplace training opportunities, internships, apprenticeships and partnerships with industry. And to meet demand for flexible study options, we offer an increasing range of online, blended delivery and part time programmes.