Education


MPs on the Education and Science Select Committee have raised concerns about whether public funding for tertiary education is being used as intended, according to a report published last week. The concerns were raised by some MPs on the Select Committee during a discussion about the funding of for-profit provider Quantum Education Group. A subsidiary of the Intueri Education Group, Quantum was recently investigated by the Serious...

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Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 22 More than one-hundred students, academics, general staff and union representatives have told MPs not to rush debate on a law that will make sweeping changes to the way tertiary education is funded. The new law would give Ministers greater powers to divert public funds away from public tertiary education providers and hand them to private companies  instead. There are widespread fears this could reduce...

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Manukau Institute of Technology’s commercial training division, EnterpriseMIT, has been the subject of a 14-month investigation. Three EnterpriseMIT courses were under investigation, according to the New Zealand Herald. These include KeyStep, an outreach programme for young people who have disengaged from school, training or work, a finfish aquaculture course and a skippers’ course designed for the commercial fishing...

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The government is planning to shift its focus for international education away from growth of the sector to managing quality, according to a draft strategy published this week. Tertiary Education Minister, Paul Goldsmith, published the draft International Education Strategy on Friday last week. Similar to the International Student Wellbeing strategy published in June, the document is brief with few specific commitments. Nevertheless...

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MPs on Select Committee gathered for the second of their public evidence sessions yesterday morning. Over the course of two hours the Committee heard from people working or studying in the sector, the Chief Executive of the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), Chris Collins, and the TEU. Wayne Linklater from Victoria University told MPs that public institutions were more, not less, adaptable than for-profit private providers....

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MPs must not rush debate on a change of law that would give for-profit tertiary education companies equal funding to universities, polytechnics and wānanga, more than one-hundred students, academics, general staff and union representatives have told Education and Science Select Committee Chair, Jian Yang MP, in an open letter published today to coincide with the Committee’s latest hearing on the tertiary education Bill [1]. The new...

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