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David Cooke, National Chair of the Quality Public Education Coalition, makes the case for why we should all make a submission on National’s planned law change to funnel public money into private tertiary institutions.  The Education Amendment Bill is set to create great damage to tertiary education, in the guise of equity. In brief, it proposes equal funding to private and public tertiary institutions, for comparable programmes....

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There are only 24 hours left to have your say on a new law that will funnel public money into private, profit-making tertiary education institutions. It takes less than three minutes to make a submission to the Select Committee of MPs considering the law change – and the TEU has provided everything you need. More than 1,800 people have so far written to the Select Committee urging them to reject changes that would require all future...

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A new government International Student Wellbeing strategy sets lofty objectives for supporting overseas students, but provides little new information about how its broad vision will be achieved. Launched last week by Tertiary Education Minister, Paul Goldsmith, the strategy says the wellbeing of international students will be assured by making modest changes to how income from the Export Education Levy is spent. The Export Education...

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The decision to cut five courses at the Ara Institute of Canterbury is symptomatic of an approach to tertiary education that is failing local communities, the TEU said. Last week management announced five level 2 and 3 primary industry courses are to be closed, leaving six people out of a job. Responding to the consultation that first proposed closing the courses, the TEU called on Ara to collaborate with the local community on a...

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The New Zealand Qualifications Agency (NZQA) has told an international school in Auckland that it can no longer enrol new students after finding the institution was passing students with plagiarised assessments. More than 150 international students enrolled at the Imperial College of New Zealand will have to sit additional tests or face re-checks of their work. Dr Grant Klinkum, deputy chief executive of quality assurance at NZQA,...

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The University of Otago is proposing to cut 13 full-time equivalent jobs from its School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, management confirmed this week. Almost one third of academic full-time equivalent positions are expected to be cut, reducing the number of full-time equivalent positions from 25.3 to 17.8. In addition, 2.5 full-time equivalent technical staff will lose their jobs and three general staff positions...

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