Public forums to critique forthcoming Productivity Commission report

Posted By TEU on Feb 9, 2017 |

Recommendations in the forthcoming Productivity Commission report will be subject to detailed analysis and critique at two public forums to be held on 8 and 9 March in Wellington and Auckland, the TEU has announced.

Both events will bring together some of the sector’s leading experts to provide an invaluable insight into the implications of the commission’s report for the provision of quality public tertiary education.

Commenting on the forums, TEU national president, Sandra Grey, said

“this report could form a critical part of the next government’s approach to tertiary education and it’s really important the sector leads the analysis. These events will be a great opportunity to hear from the sector about what will and won’t work from the commission’s recommendations.”

In 2015, the Productivity Commission was tasked with making recommendations on the future of tertiary education based on an investigation into the impact on the sector of technology, internationalisation, population, tuition costs and demand for skills.

A draft report was published in September last year and recommended a major restructuring of tertiary education to make it more ‘market based’ and less centrally controlled. A final report will be published on 28 February.

The Wellington forum will take place on 8 March from 4 to 6 pm and is hosted jointly by the TEU, Victoria University’s Institute of Policy Studies and the NZ Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA).

In Auckland, the forum takes place on 9 March from 4 to 6 pm and is hosted jointly by the TEU, the Auckland University of Technology Policy Observatory and NZUSA.

The full list of speakers and venues will be announced shortly. In the meantime, please put the dates in your diaries and join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion on the future of our sector.

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