Universities


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 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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Today the Labour Party announced a new immigration policy, including proposals to stop issuing student visas to people wanting to study certain courses and to restrict the availability of post-study work visas. Commenting on the announcement, Sandra Grey, national president of the Tertiary Education Union, said: “Labour will need to tread very carefully implementing its policy to limit immigration by reforming the student visa system....

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Today’s budget will cut funding to public tertiary education, handing millions of dollars of public funds to the private sector. Commenting on the announcement, Tertiary Education Union National Secretary, Sharn Riggs, said: “Today Stephen Joyce announced that National would cut more than $15.5 million in funding to our public universities and polytechnics, while increasing funding to private providers by almost $24 million. “This is...

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Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 19 If you agree that public funds should go to universities, polytechnics and wānanga instead of for-profit providers, tell National to keep tertiary education public, local and focused on learning, not profit. Paul Goldsmith, the Minister for Tertiary Education, is working with his National colleagues to change the law so he can fund companies that are more concerned about making a profit than quality...

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