Education entrepreneur secures Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design

Education entrepreneur Feroz Ali has made his second investment in a NZ tertiary institution with the purchase of Auckland-based Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design.

Ali’s Canadian-based Asia Pacific Education (APEDU) has taken a majority stake in Whitecliffe, their second NZ purchase after buying NZ Fashion Tech in August last year.

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Asia Pacific Education already own Canadian tertiary education providers Canadian Tourism College, CG Masters School of 3D Animation & VFX, and Sterling College.

Company boasts strong previous NZ experience

Ali is however no stranger to the New Zealand tertiary education space. He founded New Zealand Career College (NZCC) in 2004, selling it to Academic Colleges Group (ACG) ten years later. He joined ACG and helped buy NZMA and the New Zealand School of Tourism, boosting the ACG Tertiary & Careers Group to over 6000 students making it the largest funded PTE in New Zealand.

Co-founder Michele Whitecliffe will stay on as President, board director and a shareholder of the new company operating Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design.

Ali plans to continue to grow his NZ-education business

Plans being explored include programme expansion beyond the current Whitecliffe offerings, and even the possibility of new campuses, including one in Ali’s present hometown of Vancouver.

“We will also be looking at expanding our provision in other strategic areas including trades, Northland, and international campuses,” Ali stated.

Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design delivers certificates, degrees, postgraduate diplomas and masters level programmes in fine arts, photo media, fashion design, graphic design, arts management and arts therapy.

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