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20 August 2020

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3 November 2020

We’re living in the most rapidly changing time humanity has ever experienced. Technology has given rise to the digital economy, opening up potential for monumental transformation to nearly every part of our modern day lives. 

Many amazing advances could improve the lives of billions of individuals, of our societies and our environments. But, it will take a paradigm shift to regenerate our world as a more fair, sustainable and equitable one. It’s time to move ahead with eyes and hearts wide open.


The Postgraduate Certificate in Human Potential for the Digital Economy will offer you that big, forward looking view of emerging trends and societal shifts through the lens of purpose. It will help you to see where you stand on these 

transformational changes and which matter most to you for the future. And you’ll identify the role technology can play in activating and amplifying your vision.

What is the digital economy?

It’s not just about tech – watch this video to learn more.

Identify transformational shifts

Learn how digital technologies are changing business models and redefining what ‘value’ means. Consider the adaptation of ‘legacy’ businesses to digital business models.

Explore new ways of work

Learn about new ecosystems that support and promote new ways of working, including culture, practices and approaches and how they fit with your value framework. 

Curate forward focused strategies

Evaluate emerging and disruptive technologies to enable you to participate in, and lead, sustainable initiatives that respond to change within your own context.

Strive to thrive

Hone in on the skills, values and mindsets required to flourish and be effective in increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex work and community settings.

What will I learn?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Human Potential for the Digital Economy will support you to weave your values and ethics into the fabric of our changing world to develop your own unique view of a purpose-led life and career. 

  • Develop deeper knowledge about the forces shaping our work and lives, in a global and NZ context.

  • ​​Understand how to use insight and foresight to plan with a new lens to the world.

  • Develop innovative digital strategies for the workplace, relevant to your sector and industry.


  • Manage and curate your personal career journey.

  • ​​Develop tools and techniques that can be applied to solve complex problems.

  • Lead or implement change initiatives that respond to contemporary challenges relevant to your chosen sector or industry.  


A purposeful programme

In this 32-week programme, you’ll engage and debate the big societal, technological and economic transformations with thought-provoking speakers, industry experts and like-minded journeyers.


The programme is split into two key phases that build your knowledge and interrelate for an holistic approach to thinking and doing.

We offer three intakes each calendar year. Check below under 'Course details' for the next course key dates.

Sense and Synthesise
Phase 1 (16 weeks)

Introduction to and immersion in disruptive technology, creative systems thinking, evaluation,  properties of change and embedding learning in the context of Kaupapa Maori values. 

Analyse and Develop
Phase 2 (16 weeks)

Build on knowledge and competency gained in the first phase to explore strategies.


Assessments, reports and a case study provide the opportunity to explore impact in the digital economy and the potential to thrive in complex and constantly evolving environments.

Course details

Next start date

Tuesday 3 November 2020

Key dates^

Earlybird application closes:

Tuesday 6 October 2020
Course application closes:

Friday 30 October 2020 

Scholarship deadline closes:

Tuesday 29 September 2020 


32 weeks, part time

Programme type

Postgraduate, Level 8, 60 credits


Delivered onsite at our purpose-built learning centre at 99 Khyber Pass Rd, Grafton, Auckland.

Download student handbook >

 ^Providing the cohort is not already full.


Lovers of a good debate

To find what truly matters to you and your future, you need robust and sometimes uncomfortable discussions. Through considered critical thinking, you’ll be able to see your path ahead clearly. If you want to regenerate your way of thinking, being and working, this programme is for you.

The first question to ask is what’s driving your vision?
  • You want to affect change, not get caught up in it.


  • You see potential for reinvention in your workplace, your community or your country that results in a better future.


  • You want to play a strategic role in creating a future that balances social and environmental needs.


  • You recognise you need new leadership skills to support your team through a transformational shift.


  • You want to step into a role that’s on the leading edge of a new business paradigm.

Move yourself into a position of influence to lead change for a positive future with the Postgraduate Certificate in Human Potential for the Digital Economy. 


An investment for your future

This course will give you the confidence and certainty in your understanding and perspective on our disruptive, technology-led world. Having that firm vision will guide you to have a more purpose-led life and career.


$5,980 (incl GST)
Student Loans

StudyLink Student Loans are available. Depending on your study history, you may also be eligible for the Government's 'Fees Free' scheme. Contact us for more information.

Entry Requirements

Designed for professionals, but suitable for anyone looking to drive positive change.

  • We value industry and real-world experience as highly as an academic record. You’ll need to  provide a personal statement of intent – you can do this via letter or video.


  • A recognised bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years' work experience OR equivalent professional experience.​​

  • Qualify as domestic student (NZ and Australian citizens and permanent residents).

Got a question?

Book a virtual chat to meet us and ask questions. Or email us.

Ground Floor
99 Khyber Pass Road

Grafton, Auckland 1023

New Zealand


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