Brexit saves Waikato Pathways College

Posted By TEU on Jul 21, 2016 | 3 comments


Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 25

Waikato University has decided not to privatise its foundation studies course for the moment.

However, the university says the cause is not the widespread opposition from staff, students and the Waikato public. Rather, it is Brexit.

The university’s senior deputy vice-chancellor Alister Jones wrote to people working at the Pathways College last week, thanking them for engaging with the outsourcing discussions and saying that the outsourcing would not proceed.

Jones says negotiations with the university’s preferred provider of foundation studies education were proceeding well;

“However, at the end of last week and contrary to my expectations, and in the wake of the market uncertainty following the Brexit vote, our potential provider advised me that they [sic] were withdrawing from the negotiations. The proposed partnership arrangement will therefore not now proceed.”

Jones says the management and teaching functions of the college will now remain with the university for the foreseeable future.

He says she is thinking about how to ensure the college is successful and he will get back to people working at the college once he has done this.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

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  2. “Fast food” degree papers in Manukau
  3. $35 million to woo entrepreneurs to NZ universities
  4. 90 Day trials – what does the research tell us?
  5. Thousands of Turkish academics lose jobs after coup

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