Voices from Tertiary Education Project

Posted By TEU on Feb 15, 2018 | 6 comments

In early March, staff, students, business, industry trainers, sector leaders and policy makers will come together to discuss the future of tertiary education at two forums.

Vocational education and training will be the subject of the first forum taking place on 1 March. The following week, on 9 March, the future of our universities will come under the spotlight.

Ahead of the forums, the Tertiary Education Union is launching the Voices from Tertiary Education Project – a series of blog pieces from some of the thinkers participating in the forums covering what they think are the key issues facing tertiary education.

We hope these blogs will start a conversation about what we want tertiary education to look like in the future. You can take part in the kōrero by commenting on the posts, sharing them on social media and sending us your own ideas for a future blog post.

The Voices from Tertiary Education Project launches this week with a post by Dr. Lisa Maurice-Takerei from the Unitec Institute of Technology. Dr. Maurice-Takerei explores what quality means for vocational education and training.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. The challenge of delivering quality skills training
  2. Open Poly staff face uncertain future in planned restructure
  3. Jobs at risk from plans to contract out Waikato Pathways
  4. Changes to art and design at Ara lead to staff cuts

Other news

The Ara Institute of Canterbury has announced a partnership with Molde University College in Norway, which give staff and students from both countries the opportunity to experience new health sector practices – Ara

Massey University has renewed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kasetsart University in Thailand – Massey

The Massey University School of Design has announced a partnership with the New Zealand VR/AR Association to support New Zealand’s virtual and mixed reality sector – Computer World

The Tertiary Education Commission has published an evaluation of the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training initiative – TEC

Skills Active has launched a range of resources aimed at meeting the needs of the sport, recreation and performing arts industries – Skills Active

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  1. Where are the forums being held please?


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  2. Is it just me or are these forums being talked about very vaguely – who is invited/presenting etc.?When and where are they?

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  3. If we have forums, why not have a virtual forum. I would like to be able to add to the comments. All too often the few that are motivated can get to the local forum. Though, there are many in the Union, that want to contribute but are unable to, as they are working in the field or the coal face. Often like myself, we get to read the updates in our own time. “Second life, ” is capable of hosting our forums in sync with the actual conferences and forums. So we as digital viewers can contribute to the locus. As we are in fields of technology and advancement why not embrace this. We can show we are louder than the Corporates and Chancellors, who are puppets of the policies from ill informed thoughtless, accountants and governments.

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  4. Will the forums be recorded and made available to those who cannot attend?

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  5. Apparently an invite-only forum. Not sure who got to pick those who are privileged with an invite…

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  6. Tertiary education – The transfer of education with technology is helpful and beneficial.

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