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Labour’s promise to give everyone one year full-time study free means voters have a real choice this election about the future of public tertiary education, the Tertiary Education Union said today. Labour said this morning that anyone starting tertiary education for the first time in 2018 would receive a year of full-time study without having to pay fees. Labour also committed to increase student support by $50 a week from the start...

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The power of publicly funded tertiary education to change lives and transform communities is confirmed today by a collection of personal stories told by those who know just how important public tertiary education is to them, their whānau, their employers and hapori whānui. Talking Tertiary Education is a collection of nearly one hundred stories selected by the Tertiary Education Union to show the transformative power of public...

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Labour’s promise to ditch the National-led Government’s plans to change the law so that public funds can be diverted to for-profit education offers voters a real choice in this election about the future of public tertiary education, the Tertiary Education Union said today. Announced this afternoon, Labour’s commitment would help to ensure the provision of tertiary education is determined by the needs of New Zealanders, not the...

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Staff at the University of Otago are deeply concerned about the impact Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne’s plan to cut 182 full time equivalent jobs will have on students and the university’s ability to continue providing world class learning opportunities. Hayne told staff at a meeting earlier this afternoon that she is planning a massive shake-up in the way support services are delivered at the university. Under Hayne’s plans, vital...

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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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Before signing-off on an agreement for Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre to take-over the Telford division of Lincoln University, Ministers must make sure a properly funded long-term plan is put in place to ensure continued provision of training opportunities in the region, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) said today. A statement of intent for the takeover was signed between Lincoln University and Taratahi back in January, but...

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