Many of these polytechnics or institutes of technology also offer undergraduate degrees, in fields such as business, computer science, IT, science as well as in a range of speciality areas which are not available at a university. Some even offer select postgraduate programmes, often through a partnership with a local university.
Polytechnic classes are often smaller and more personal which suits some students. The courses offered usually come with a much bigger hands-on and practical component that university courses. If you ‘learn by doing’ rather than by theory alone, a polytechnic course could be just right for you.
These practical courses and learning styles work for employers too, making graduates much more ‘work-ready’ than many university grads as they often come along with some practical work experience and specific skills the industry is wanting.