Parties measured on commitment to tertiary funding and governance

Posted By TEU on Sep 18, 2014 |

Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 31

A comparison of each political party’s tertiary education policies to TEU’s blueprint for tertiary education, Te Kaupapa Whaioranga, shows some parties are committed to the same principles that TEU members endorsed as solutions to improve tertiary education last year, but others are not.

At its annual conference last year TEU launched Te Kaupapa Whaioranga, saying tertiary education needs adequate funding at all levels, in all communities, and for all learners, whatever their current skill, aptitude and knowledge levels. It also needs governance and management structures that ensure that within our tertiary education institutions all staff and students have responsible autonomy and academic freedom.

TEU released a policy comparison earlier this week measuring parties against Te Kaupapa Whaioranga.

This comparison shows some parties such as ACT, United Future, the Conservatives and the Internet Party have not developed policies on funding tertiary education, while others such as the Greens, Labour, Mana and NZ First want to either restore funding cuts or increase funding to reflect the cost of tertiary education.

National had not released its tertiary education policy at the time TEU did its policy analysis but has done so subsequently. It is promising to invest more money in engineering, ICT and Māori and Pacific trades training, but does not mention an across-the-board increase in funding. Its bill to remove staff and student representatives from university and wānanga councils remains in parliament and will likely become law if it is re-elected to government.

Among the other parties, the Greens Labour and the Māori Party want more representative models of governance, while Mana and United Future want to require institutions to work more closely together.

You can read TEU’s full analysis of political party policies at

Also in Tertiary Update this week

  1. Voting to end insecure work
  2. Academic board asked to challenge Māori business school closure
  3. Allowance restrictions force debt up
  4. TEU elections

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The University of Canterbury finally has access to the first of two $100 million funding instalments that the Government promised last year – The Press

Kiwi universities’ sustained slide down world rankings has education leaders worried that talented academics will abandon New Zealand for more options oversea – Manawatu Standard

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