Voices from Tertiary Education


In early March, staff, students, business, industry trainers, sector leaders and policy makers will come together to discuss the future of tertiary education at two forums.

Vocational education and training will be the subject of the first forum taking place on 1 March. The following week, on 9 March, the future of our universities will come under the spotlight.

Ahead of the forums, the Voices from Tertiary Education Project will feature blog pieces from some of the thinkers participating in the forums covering what they think are the key issues facing tertiary education.

We hope these blogs will start a conversation about what we want tertiary education to look like in the future. You can take part in the kōrero by commenting on the posts, sharing them on social media and sending us your own ideas for a future blog post.

  • Learning the lessons of past ITP mergers

    Over the weekend, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said he expected there to be fewer polytechnics left once the recommendations of the Tertiary Education Commission’s ITP Roadmap project and the Ministry’s review of vocational ...

  • Our links to the community must not be lost

    Helen Stewart MacKenzie, a teacher educator at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), shares her thoughts on what’s currently working well at the institution as part of the Tertiary Education Commission’s (TEC) ITP ...

  • Students and staff need a stronger voice

    Last week, Annemarie Jutel, Professor of Health at Victoria University, was part of a TEU panel presenting to MPs on the Education Select Committee about the Government’s proposals to return students ...

  • Funding is the elephant in the room

    Craig West, a senior lecturer at Otago Polytechnic, shares his thoughts on the future of the polytechnic sector as part of the Tertiary Education Commission’s ITP Roadmap project. It is great that the ...

  • Reflections from a NZ born Cook Islander

    Kia orana! It is Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani – Cook Islands Language Week. Here, Frances Oberg-Nordt from Ara reflects on life as a New Zealand born Cook Islander, the ...