Education


The cost of student housing has increased considerably, far outpacing the level of support available, according to a report published today by the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA). The findings of NZUSA’s Income and Expenditure report raise serious questions about access to tertiary education; particularly for poorer families who are not in a position to support their children financially. Reforms imposed by...

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Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 11 National knows its tertiary education reforms risk lowering standards, Tertiary Education Minister, Paul Goldsmith admitted, as evidence mounts of the pressure staff are under to pass students. Goldsmith’s admission comes after staff at tertiary education institutions started to come forward to share their experiences of how National’s perpetual underfunding of the sector and failed reforms have put them...

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Music students at the University of Waikato are planning a series of events to oppose management’s plans to cut three out of the eight full-time staff members working in the music programme. The proposed job cuts are part of a broader shake up of the university’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences that could result in the loss of a 17 jobs in total. Students are planning a Concert for our Conservatorium at 7.30pm on 6 April in the...

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Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) has met with West Coast community leaders in the first of a series of discussions about the future of the institution. Crown Manager Murray Strong was appointed to oversee TPP last year after funding cuts had seriously hampered the institution’s ability to provide much needed education opportunities in the West Coast Region. TPP plans to host further community discussions over the coming months to update...

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Māori university graduates say that support from whānau is the most important factor that helped them to complete their qualifications, according to research published by the University of Otago’s National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR). Respondents said their whānau provided practical support like accommodation and childcare, as well as emotional support and the motivation to succeed. However, the findings also show that...

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Iowa State University is standing by a lecturer who assigned students to write a historical account of the September 11, 2001, attacks from the perspective of a terrorist network. In a statement, a spokesperson from the university’s provost said it was “important to study the underlying cultural and political issues that led to the attacks, in hopes that will help prevent another attack in the future.” The assignment was attacked by a...

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