Ten students are being offered the chance to have their fees waived for Lincoln University’s fledgling organics course, matching the needs of prospective students who don’t qualify for fees free.
The Diploma in Organic Agri-food Production prepares students to work in the organic food industry, at farmers’ markets or supplying restaurants with produce.
Māori and Pasifika agricultural methods are an important part of the diploma.
Lincoln University Director Kaiarahi Māori, Dr Dione Payne, said it was felt the course may also appeal to people changing career, or who may have completed qualifications, and were ineligible for the Government’s Fees Free scheme.
Lincoln is also offering $5000 scholarships for students fully enrolled in the Diploma and staying in the University’s Halls of Residence.
Dr Payne said aligning the scholarships to the Diploma supports the delivery of the programme and acknowledges its Māori content, in particular mahinga kai, which is a key component of Lincoln University’s Māori Strategy.
The Diploma programme, which starts next month, is a 120-credit level 5 diploma for students with or without University Entrance.
Programme director Bill Martin says graduates of the Diploma will be able to seek employment in organic primary production or other sectors related to organics, particularly education and hospitality.
Source: Lincoln University