Toronto, Ontario – Humber College (Canada), Otago Polytechnic (New Zealand) and VIA University College (Denmark) signed a three-way agreement establishing the Global Polytechnic Alliance (GPA). The GPA will provide new learning and collaborative opportunities for students and staff while strengthening the understanding of the benefits of polytechnic education across the globe.

This alliance increases opportunities for students at each institution to gain international experience and develop intercultural skills. Humber students and staff will benefit from the expertise of the GPA at home and abroad. Otago Polytechnic is a world leader in indigenizing curriculum while VIA University College’s project-based learning approach and innovation in teaching is globally recognized. Students will have the opportunity to participate in three-way mobility through summer programs, on-line collaboration and semesters abroad.

Beyond the classroom, collaborative research initiatives will enhance teaching and support services at the three institutions through informed practice. Applied research initiatives will strengthen ties with industry globally and the three institutions will collaborate on education consultancy services to new and emerging polytechnics globally.

“Humber’s model of polytechnic education positions our students for success in this rapidly changing and interconnected world,” said Chris Whitaker, President and CEO, Humber College. “Forming this alliance allows us to share our collective expertise and enrich the understanding of global higher education trends in applied learning institutions.”

Together, the member institutions of the GPA will focus on:

  • The development, delivery and recognition of skills and training responsive to learner and industry needs
  • Collaborative approaches to student learning and engagement, preparing them for the future world of work
  • Global educational pathways that expand access to stackable credentials
  • Projects that highlight, develop and enhance applied learning
  • Infusion of intercultural learning outcomes in all projects
  • Increasing capacity through the provision of international consulting services
  • Research to measure impact contributing to the scholarship of learning and teaching practice in global polytechnic education.

“Membership in the Global Polytechnic Alliance will strengthen Otago Polytechnic’s capacity to deliver current and innovative learning,” said Phil Ker, Chief Executive, Otago Polytechnic. “Through collaboration, we will create opportunities for our students that will better prepare them for the complex changes of the 21st century. The alliance will also strengthen the reach of all members into global training and research.”

The Global Polytechnic Alliance will highlight the economic and social benefits of an education that is a blend of experiential and classroom learning at a time when the need for polytechnic education is greater than ever.

“At VIA University College we are proud to be part of this alliance and look forward to working together to establish our institutions and polytechnic education as global players in higher education internationally,” said Harald Mikkelsen, President, VIA University College. “The polytechnic model of education works closely with industry working to accommodate and strengthen future societal needs. Together the three institutions will strive to build the polytechnic model globally.”

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Established in 1967, Humber College is a global leader in polytechnic education. Combining in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections, Humber provides career-focused education to 33,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time students across three campuses. The college offers a comprehensive range of credentials including honours undergraduate degrees, postgraduate certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates. More than four out of five Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit


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