Kia ora, haere mai, welcome to The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab. We are an innovative education provider in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Thank you for taking time to explore the learning opportunities with us.
Explore the learning opportunities available to international students at The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab. Get in touch with our team using the contact form, or refer to our Prospectus.
The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab are both dedicated to creating impactful futures by matching digital skills and capabilities with the demands of our changing world.
The Mind Lab was established in 2013 by education disruptor and innovator Frances Valintine CNZM to close the gap between what children were learning at schools and the skills they need to thrive in the future – collaboration, creativity, hands-on digital discovery and problem solving.
We provide programmes to extend the digital skills and capabilities of their teachers and community leaders to help nurture the next generation to learn for a changing world.
In 2016, Frances Valintine created Tech Futures Lab to build the capabilities and skills needed to develop a culture of innovation and agility so important for businesses and individuals to thrive in a fast-paced, technologically charged world.
We provide executive education to businesses and individuals who want to evolve their capability in contemporary business, economic and societal areas, fit for the future.
Navigate through the tabs for useful information about studying with The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab as an international student, while here in New Zealand.
Navigate through the tabs for useful information about studying with The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab while offshore / not based in New Zealand.
Our suite of postgraduate programmes focus on building capability in the classroom, the workplace and beyond to enable people to gain the confidence, mindsets and community connections to lead positive change, for themselves and the wider world.
Learning with us is accessible, inspiring, fun and practical and will instill in you joy in the journey of endless exploration.
All our postgraduate programmes are NZQA accredited.
Browse our programmes below, or view the International Students Prospectus.
10 weeks, part-time, online
Build the essential skills, attitudes and attributes of a successful entrepreneur as you develop your own business pitch deck by the end of our 10-week course.
7 weeks, part-time
Practical applied learning to upskill your digital know-how and build online confidence to set up, manage and leverage digital tools in your workplace for better efficiency and productivity.
8 weeks, part-time
Go beyond the basics of sustainability and kick start your journey with practical steps and innovative approaches to drive a resilient and thriving future.
Also available to those not based in New Zealand.
10 weeks, part-time
A strategic programme for anyone passionate about using technology to address sustainability challenges. Understand how the Internet of Things can support sustainability goals in business, communities and organisations.
A broad view of current and emerging disruptive technologies to understand their impact on businesses and industries and their potential to reinvent how the workplace and our societies operate.
15 weeks, self-paced
Gain the perfect combination of pedagogical foundations and a wide variety of innovative approaches to teaching and learning with our self-paced micro-credential for educators.
32 weeks, part-time
An immersive programme designed by professionals for professionals to learn about emerging technologies, their impact on business and societal structures and the impact you can have in the digital economy.
34 weeks, part-time
A contemporary programme to foster and develop awareness, knowledge and skills needed to lead and instigate positive, sustainable impact initiatives across all types of industries and communities.
A practical hands-on programme to level up your expertise to deliver strategically sound, sustainably considered IoT and data driven solutions for better real-time actionable decision making.
35 weeks, part-time
An innovative and future-focused professional development programme for teachers & educators in Aotearoa, helping them to understand and implement digital teaching in their classroom.
12 months, full-time or 18 months, part-time
Designed in close consultation with industry experts, a flexible programme to develop your capability to innovate for impact using emerging technologies or contemporary business models, applied to a self-defined project or research topic.
1.5-2.5 years, part-time and full-time options
$44,399 NZD (This includes the PGC in Digital & Collaborative Learning as Part 1 of the 3 Part programme)
Our popular Masters programme for education leaders – research and theory based learning culminating in the development and execution of a Change Project in their school or community.
We take lead from Kaupapa Māori values – of collaboration (ako), support (manaaki), honesty (pono), and the right to self-determination or agency (rangatiratanga).
We don’t ‘teach’, we facilitate. Our learning approach is reciprocal – we encourage and foster knowledge exchange, robust conversation and strong positive relationships. You, the student, are the heart of all that we do. This philosophy is realised in our teaching and learning strategy ‘Te Ara Kotihi’ – the pathway to success. Learn more about our strategy.
Auckland has a busy harbour, viaduct area with restaurants and bars, theatres, art galleries, recreational areas and parks, and a variety of shopping and other entertainment options.
We are situated minutes from the central city, via walking or public transport.
New Zealand is a welcoming, diverse country with a history of Māori, European, Pacific Island, and Asian immigration. We have a rich blend of cultures, combined with beautiful landscapes, wildlife, forests and beaches, and so much more.
There are endless opportunities to explore.
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Below you’ll find answers to some of the questions we hear regularly from people interested in learning with us. For more information about living and studying in New Zealand, check out our International Student prospectus.
You will need to apply and be accepted to one of The Mind Lab or Tech Futures Lab eligible postgraduate programmes before you can apply for a Student Visa to study in New Zealand.
Details on the application process can be found in our International Student Prospectus. For more information about Student Visas, please check information from Immigration NZ.
Different visas have different provisions for study. It may be possible to study one of our programmes with a Work Visa, however, you need to check the conditions of your visa with Immigration New Zealand. If needed, Immigration NZ will advise if any conditions of your visa can be changed to allow you to study.
See immigration.govt.nz for more details about studying and visas in New Zealand.
No but all our programmes do require a level of English proficiency. Check the programme web pages for more detail on the IETLS score for the minimum English language requirements.
We have a comprehensive suite of student support services at The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab, with all services delivered by the same team.
Visit The Mind Lab student support services or Tech Futures Lab student support services.
The type of visa that you have will influence how much you can work while in New Zealand. If your visa does allow you to work, you’ll need an IRD number (your unique ID for tax purposes in New Zealand). If you don’t currently have an IRD number, you can find all the information you need to know on the Inland Revenue website. If you’re seeking employment, the most commonly used websites for job advertisements are trademe.co.nz, seek.co.nz and shopless.co.nz.
No we don’t but there are plenty of accommodation options in Auckland City. We suggest visiting the Study in New Zealand website for more information.
We do advise you to arrange temporary accommodation prior to arriving in New Zealand so you have somewhere to base yourself while you explore the options for where you’d like to stay longer term.
A. Our HQ is located in Grafton, Auckland and is close to rail and bus route links. You can check the Auckland Transport website to plan your journey and discover the public transport options.
We uphold the NZQA procedural process for complaints, appeals and other concerns. Read more about this process here.
The Mind Lab (including its subsidiary Tech Futures Lab) is a Tertiary Education Organisation registered by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) to deliver qualifications approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) under the provision of the Education Act 1989. Based on our NZQA external evaluation and review (EER) we have been classified as a Category 1 education organisation.
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