Funding for Canterbury follows growing public pressure

Posted By TEU on Sep 22, 2011 |

Tertiary Update Vol 14 No 35

Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce yesterday afternoon guaranteed that the University of Canterbury, Lincoln University and CPIT would be funded for the number of students they had prior to the September 2010 earthquake.

Prior to his announcement nearly a thousand people had already signed a TEU petition to minister Steven Joyce this week calling on him to invest in the University of Canterbury. TEU welcomed the commitment by the minister of tertiary education but warned it did not go far enough to prevent threatened job losses.

“It’s good to see the government responding to public campaigning from tertiary education staff and the wider public,” said TEU national president Dr Sandra Grey.

“But this announcement does not go far enough. Maintaining previous rates of funding will not, for instance, be enough to prevent hundreds of job cuts at tertiary institutions around the Canterbury region. Both universities and the polytechnic will need more financial help because there will be a loss of income from student fees over the next three years.”

TEU members are currently meeting to plan their on-going campaign to rebuild and protect tertiary education in Canterbury.

The petition, which argues that the University of Canterbury is an international asset that is integral to New Zealand’s recovery from Canterbury’s earthquakes, is circulating widely on Facebook and Twitter and has received signatures from around New Zealand as well as from England, Germany, Malaysia, the Netherlands, USA, Australia and India.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Are doctoral graduates fleeing NZ?
  2. Save Canterbury advertising money for education
  3. Marae provide learning befits for Taranaki
  4. Some CEs tighten belt – others add a notch

Other news

One way to hide cuts to funding is to put more students in each tutorial, lecture and class. But, after a while students and staff start to notice – TEU student: staff ratio graph

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) of Australia has called on senators to support the Government and the Greens in repairing the damage caused to student culture and university life by the former Coalition Government’s targeting of student unions. The Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities, and other measures) Bill 2009 is the first step in the vital process of rebuilding student culture on university campuses, devastated by the effects of legislation that stripped student unions of funds for vital services – NTEU

The Government intends to double the economic value of international education to $5 billion over the next 15 years.  It intends to increase the number of international students enrolled in New Zealand providers offshore from 3,000 to 10,000, and doubling the number of international postgraduate students – Steven Joyce

Polytechnics in the main centres say they could do a better job if the Government gave them control of their students’ loans and allowances, and let them distribute the money as they see fit. They say the change would protect the Government from loan and allowance blow-outs if student enrolments rise and would allow the polytechnics to support the most needy students – Radio NZ

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