One hundred tertiary education stories National needs to hear

Posted By TEU on Aug 3, 2017 |

Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 26

A collection of personal stories published this week illustrates how public tertiary education can change lives and transform communities.

Talking Tertiary Education is a collection of nearly one hundred stories selected by the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) to show the transformative power of public education.

The collection starts a talanoa, a conversation, about the benefits of public tertiary education where people’s stories do the talking.

It is space where people have been able to share their experience of what it means to have a publicly-funded, locally accessible tertiary education system.

“Each of these stories is a powerful reminder of why it is so important to keep tertiary education public, local and focused on learning,” Sandra Grey, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, said.

Told by those who know just how important public tertiary education is to them, their whānau, their employers and hapori whānui, each story reinforces that tertiary education belongs to all of us, because it benefits all of us.

The stories tell how public tertiary education helps to reduce inequity and contributes to lifelong learning opportunities that allow us to fulfil our potential as individuals and as members of whānau and communities.

“Whether told by a young person figuring out their path, someone changing careers later in life, learning new skills or finding their passion, what is clear from these stories is that it’s public tertiary education that supports them on their way,” Grey added.

The collection was published to coincide with the Education and Science Select Committee’s final hearing on National’s plans to give Ministers greater powers to divert public funds away from public tertiary education providers and hand them to private companies instead.

“The collection of stories recognises the huge difference public, locally focussed tertiary education makes to people’s lives. MPs should read each story carefully to remind themselves why they should be supporting high quality public tertiary education for the range of social, political, and economic benefits it brings the people of Aotearoa New Zealand,” Grey said.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Otago staff take action
  2. BREAKING NEWS: ChCh Council adopts Living Wage
  3. Ara staff and students to voice concern at funding model
  4. MPs hear strong opposition to tertiary education law change
  5. Guest Post: Defending public education as a social good

Other news

Professor Stuart McCutcheon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland and Chair of Universities New Zealand, and Harlene Hayne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago, have published an opinion piece opposing government proposals to allow wānanga to use the term “university” – Stuff

Publication of the results of a Tertiary Education Commission survey of graduates is running late due to a lack of responses – RNZ

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations has criticised United Future’s proposal to abolish tuition fees, and in turn abolish Student Allowances to help pay for it – Voxy

The Ministry of Education has launched a consultation on changes to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice – MoE

Massey University has announced a new partnership with UNESCO in the Pacific Islands – Massey

The University of Otago has opened a Centre for Translational Psychology today in Wellington – Otago

The University of Canterbury published a report on the financial challenges faced by students – Canta

Education New Zealand has published its monthly student visa data for June – ENZ

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