Demand is likely to increase noticeably in the future as the population of Auckland north of the harbour bridge is expected to grow from 329,000 now to reach 431,000 in 20 years’ time.
Unitec chief executive Dr Rick Ede says the campus will provide North Shore and Rodney residents with access to a range of high quality vocational education programmes close to home.
“Albany is a technology, innovation and learning hub, and the range of programmes offered at our campus will enhance the skill base of people living on the North Shore, and support economic development in this area,” he says.
The campus will offer a number of certificate programmes, including electrical and electronic engineering, multiskill building construction, and information technology.
Around 300 students are expected to study at the campus in 2011, with student numbers growing to more than 1000 within a few years.
The new campus has been designed with sustainability in mind, and includes a campus recycling programme, designated car pooling spaces and a worm farm.