Ara Institute of Canterbury today began discussions with local software company ARANZ Geo about possible collaborations including student internships and staff professional development.
The two entities were introduced to each other when asked to comment on similarities between their logo. They have seen the potential to build a relationship with mutual benefit and intend to have further discussions about the opportunities for working together.
"ARANZ Geo saw our new logo on the launch of our new name and vision last week but saw no need to contact us. Both of us feel that as due diligence was followed, our creative team was not aware of ARANZ Geo at any time, and we operate in different sectors, that we are quite happy to coexist and in fact to see where this unusual introduction might lead us." Phil Agnew, Ara Director of Business Development says.
Ara Institute of Canterbury is a new regionally-based, tertiary vocational training entity with 15,000 students, while ARANZ Geo is a software development company with 80 staff and mainly overseas customers. Ara incorporates the former CPIT and Aoraki Polytechnic Institutes.
ARANZ Geo has not trademarked their logo so it did not appear in the searches and trademark process that Ara conducted.
"We would prefer that people were talking about our vision, which is to provide outstanding, accessible vocational training to all of Canterbury and Waitaki. Working with local industry is one way we make our programmes as relevant and engaging as possible, so we are very pleased to be in contact with ARANZ Geo and I look forward to seeing how we might collaborate in the future."