Unitec


Students at Unitec are regularly going without food or other necessities because they cannot afford them, according to a survey of students by the Business Intelligence Centre at Unitec. The survey results have reignited calls on National to increase student support. With the budget announced next Thursday, NZUSA is calling on Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith to...

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Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 8 Government funding to polytechnics for the 2017 academic year has declined by 5 percent, figures published by Tertiary Education Commission show. Figures detailing how tertiary education organisations would be funded for the current academic year were published by the TEC on Tuesday. The TEU said it was concerned that delaying publication until after the start of the academic year lacked transparency. “We...

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NZQA’s decision to downgrade the confidence it has in the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki’s (WITT) ability to provide quality education is symptomatic of a tertiary education system under immense strain. Published on Friday, NZQA’s latest External Evaluation and Review (EER) downgraded WITT to a category three, indicating it is “not yet confident” in the institution’s education performance or self-assessment. The downgrade...

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Unitec plans to close its northern campus at Albany before the end of the year. Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce opened the campus only five years ago calling it “a crucial part in the next stage of the country’s economic growth“. Unitec chief executive Rick Ede had anticipated more than a thousand students would come to the campus but currently it has about 25 students. Ede has admitted to the media the...

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Is tertiary education too slow?


Posted By on Apr 21, 2016

Earlier this week Unitec’s chief executive Rick Ede said many tertiary education courses are too restrictive for modern students. Ede told Kathryn Ryan’s Nine to Noon show that if institutions move away from the “old traditional chalk-and-talk model to a more collaborative, practical environment” learning can take place much more quickly. TEU communications officer Stephen Day talked to Unitec’s TEU branch president Sid Suha...

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Many tertiary education courses are too restrictive for modern students according to Unitec’s chief executive Rick Ede. Ede told Kathryn Ryan’s Nine to Noon show that if institutions move away from the “old traditional chalk-and-talk model to a more collaborative, practical environment” learning can take place much more quickly. “Why does a three-year degree from 20 or 30 years ago still take three years now?  A simple reason is that...

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