TII Christchurch Branch, adjacent to the Avon River which runs through the city, is right in the CBD area. It is within walking distance to the Christchurch Library, Bus Interchange, a large shopping complex and supermarkets, movie theatres, restaurants, cafes and other conveniences. Students are encouraged to explore their new environment in every way.
Ian Town is a physician by training and a passionate educator at heart. He worked at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch from 1990 onwards, becoming Dean in 2002. Throughout his time at Otago he was engaged in innovation within the medical curriculum and as a researcher, he was a mentor to his colleagues and trainees.
In 2005 he was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Canterbury, a position he held until 2013. In that role he a full oversight of academic curriculum development and quality assurance. He was involved in the decision to become a partner with Navitas to establish the UC International College.
Governance roles have included Chairing the 2018 review of the work of the Committee for University Academic Programmes (CUAP) and he has been Chair of the Tertiary Education Commission’s Performance Based Research Fund 2018 quality evaluation round. He is an experienced Director and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.
MBChB, DM, FRACP, CMinstD
Chief Executive Officer
Qaiser Rashid is an expert and senior level tertiary education executive in New Zealand and is well known and respected for his contributions in the tertiary education sector.
Qaiser has successfully owned and managed several Private Training Establishments in New Zealand for the past twenty years. His education career pathway commenced from Tertiary Lecturer to Head of the Department, Dean, Director of Studies, Principal, and Shareholder and Director of medium to large-size private training establishments in New Zealand. Previously, he has a senior level management experience in Quick Service Restaurant, Textiles, and Cigarette industries.
Qaiser has been an Honorary Investment Counsellor for Pakistan in New Zealand from 2013 to 2018. He has played a key role in establishing strategic ties between New Zealand and Pakistan.
His recent role includes leading a large education delivery project of Huadu International in New Zealand. As a CEO, he is responsible for strategy formulation and its implementation to achieve high quality education outcomes at a business level.
Margaret Fowler is the head teacher at TII. She has been involved in the ESOL industry for 29 years in both teaching and management roles.
She teaches General English at TII and also runs the academic programme at the Christchurch branch. She enjoys the interaction with students of various nationalities and she especially likes teaching at Beginner Level. She spends much of her free time with her family and also enjoys going to cafes and the cinema.
Sharon Sun has been working in New Zealand Education industry since 2016 as an Enrolment Coordinator and Office Manager. Her previous experience gave her a better understanding of the New Zealand Education system and qualified her to work with international students. She would like to add value in every step of her life with a sense of accomplishment in whatever she does. Some of her hobbies include reading books, watching movies, listening to music and hiking.
Diploma in Nursing
Diploma in Business Management
Dr. Abdullah Niyaz
Programme Leader - Business Department
Abdulla Niyaz has 10 years of HR, training and hospitality industry experience in tourism and trade sectors in the Maldives Islands and has 9+ years experience in teaching and administrative roles in New Zealand's education sector. He joined TII as a Programme Leader - Business Department in June 2019. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Hospitality from Birmingham University, UK and a PhD from Lincoln University, New Zealand in Tourism and Disaster Management. His hobbies include swimming, hiking and more recently he is passionate about writing, meditation and learning vegetarianism.
Aaron has many years’ experience working in the Tertiary education industry.
Aaron joined TII in 2018 as the Principal’s Assistant at the TII Christchurch campus. His main responsibility in this role is to assist the Principal in financial, marketing and recruiting policies.
Aaron has a strong interest in sports, such as swimming. No one has ever beaten him at badminton. Would you like to try your luck?
Warner Grenfell is the full-time General English teacher. He has been teaching ESOL for 25 years and he loves learning about students and their countries. He is very experienced at teaching all levels but his particular interest is in Cambridge exam courses. During his free time, he will often be seen on his motor bike or riding a wave at the beach. His second home is Indonesia and he speaks Indonesian at an Intermediate level.
I have been teaching in the field of ESOL for 18 years. I have tutored students of all ages and levels from over 50 countries in a wide range of learning institutions and contexts including English for Academic Purposes (EAP), IELTS preparation classes, specialised programmes and private tutoring. I have also been a tutor in the Adult and Community Education programme since 2005. I enjoy a wide range of both academic and leisure interests from philosophy to economics, playing the guitar to traveling, and motor racing to collecting books. In my spare time I enjoy reading, cycling and participating in amateur theatre productions.
Administration and Student Services Manager
Yasser is a Business Lecturer for the Level 5 Diploma of Business. Yasser holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Power Engineering from Egypt and has 10 years of engineering industry experience. Studied and completed NZQA Level 7 Business & Enterprise Management in 2019 in Christchurch. Yasser enjoys learning about and teaching sustainability, innovation, and leadership. He enjoys cooking, tennis, and travelling in New Zealand.
Marcelo Ferreira Botega
Administration and Student Service Coordinator
Marcelo was born in Porto Alegre, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He studied Accounting Sciences and has an MBA in Controlling Strategy and Corporate Governance with a specialisation in Business Management.
Marcelo is passionate about traveling, cooking, music and his football team: Sport Club Internacional. He also likes to spend time with his family.