Posts made in February, 2009


Education should be in "The Global Deal"


Posted By on Feb 28, 2009

Education International (EI) general secretary Fred van Leeuwen is arguing that education should be in “The Global Deal” at the G20 (Group of 20) summit in London on 2 April 2009. The British government, which is hosting the summit, is proposing “The Global Deal” as a basis for recovery from the worldwide financial and economic crisis. The G20 is a group of 20 economies, comprising 19 countries plus the...

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Over 40 trade-union delegates and union equality officers from around the world gathered at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which began on Monday 2 March in New York to advocate and make progress on gender-equality and non-discrimination policies within the framework of the “Decent Work, Decent Lives for Women campaign. Education International, the international body for education trade unions, helped...

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Mixed reactions to student bonding


Posted By on Feb 26, 2009

Tertiary Update Volume 12, Number 4 The government’s announcement this week of a variety of voluntary bonding schemes for teachers, health professionals, and veterinarians has been met with a mixed reaction from the major players in the tertiary-education sector. The schemes offer graduates monetary incentives to work in hard-to-fill occupations and areas for a three-to-five-year period, starting this year. TEU transitional...

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NZVCC proposals self-defeating


Posted By on Feb 26, 2009

The briefing paper prepared by the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (NZVCC) and handed to the government late last year was released publicly earlier this week. The paper, according to TEU transitional national co-president, Associate Professor Maureen Montgomery, makes many laudable points about the under-investment in New Zealand universities, the uncompetitive nature of academic salaries, the role of universities in...

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Penalties loom for 'wayward enrolments'


Posted By on Feb 26, 2009

Tertiary-education providers with significant variations from the student numbers and dispositions agreed upon with the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) face a range of penalties in 2009, according to a story in Education Review. Institutes of technology and polytechnics are reported as being particularly uncomfortable with the new level of monitoring. Under the new system of tertiary-education funding, providers are funded at a...

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