Public, local and focused on learning, not profit

Posted By TEU on May 25, 2017 | 1 comment

Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 19

If you agree that public funds should go to universities, polytechnics and wānanga instead of for-profit providers, tell National to keep tertiary education public, local and focused on learning, not profit.

Paul Goldsmith, the Minister for Tertiary Education, is working with his National colleagues to change the law so he can fund companies that are more concerned about making a profit than quality education.

Last week the TEU launched a campaign to make it clear to National that in an election year they face a choice: take this damaging legislation off the table, or be seen to be undermining our students, our institutions, and our communities.

The campaign was launched at an event at the Ara Institute of Canterbury, featuring speakers from public institutions that face an uncertain future  if National’s law is passed.

To add your voice to the campaign click here.

Public tertiary education gives all New Zealanders the opportunity to develop skills, learn trades, and create knowledge which helps our families, communities and economy. It is a public good and the TEU will be campaigning to keep it that way.

Sandra Grey, TEU national president, urged anyone that thinks tertiary education should stay public, local and focused on learning to add their voice to the many others speaking out for public tertiary education

“This is a crucial moment that will decide the future of public tertiary education. I know that together we can stop National and greedy companies profiting from our education. This will ensure that all Kiwis continue to have access to life-changing opportunities to develop new skills, learn trades, and create knowledge,” Grey said.


Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Another private provider runs into trouble with NZQA
  2. Budget an opportunity to improve tertiary access, students say
  3. TEU at Massey to take a stand against workplace bullying

Other news

Lecturers at the Waikato University School of Music were on Radio New Zealand at the weekend to share their fears about the school’s future if proposed job cuts go ahead – RNZ

The Universal College of Learning has agreed a joint project with Chengdu Polytechnic in China – Voxy

Unitec has published a story about the findings of a survey that showed students regularly go without food or other necessities because they cannot afford them – Unitec

The University of Auckland’s UniServices has shared more details about their new Innovation Institute China – LiveNews

Massey University and the Beijing Language and Culture University have launched a joint centre in applied linguistics – Massey

The Government of Tonga and the University of Waikato have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on cyber security issues – ForeignAffairs

The Tertiary Education Commission has announced that Tertiary Education Organisations are now required to notify StudyLink of withdrawals within five working days – StudyLink

Victoria University has announced it will host an international linguistics conference in 2019 – VUW

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