International students excluded by programme sell-off

Posted By TEU on May 26, 2016 | 3 comments

Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 18

Victoria University’s decision to privatise its foundation studies programme will exclude dozens of international students from the university, say staff and students.

The university has confirmed it will outsource its international students’ foundation studies programme to a private company.

TEU organiser Nicki Wilford says the about 60 students will lose their place in the university when they move to a private company, and several people who have years of experience working to help those students get into university courses could lose their jobs.

“People across the university are upset. Many are also concerned that this is just one of several programmes that the university could cut off and sell.”

The university’s student association academic vice-president Jacinta Gulasekharam says many of the current international students are disappointed by the announcement.

“The university has chosen to progress with the outsourcing of the Foundation Studies programme, despite the submissions against this proposal including VUWSA’s and Victoria International Students’ Association (V-ISA),” she says.

Gulasekharam says international students come to Wellington to be part of Victoria campus and community, not to be excluded in a private course off to the side of the university.

She says student submissions provided empirical evidence that the programme should stay in-house in the interest of the student experience, education quality and student services.

“International students are integral to the Victoria University community, and their best interests must be paramount in any decision made by the senior leadership team. Does the university value an excellent international student experience, or reaching its growth targets?”

Also in Tertiary Update this week

  1. Three things to look for in today’s budget
  2. UCOL cutting the staff who lifted student results
  3. One in 12 PTEs are high risk
  4. Minister to Auckland: find more international students

Other news

Staff cuts to the Otago Polytechnic’s School of Architecture Building and Engineering were “absolutely” necessary despite a recent increase to the school’s roll, the acting head of school says – Otago Daily Times

More jobs will be cut at Ara Institute of Canterbury’s Timaru campus following a review of non-teaching staff, it has been revealed – Timaru Herald

Yesterday we learned that the University of Melbourne has “taken the extraordinary step of opening up jobs to female applicants only”, to ensure that their next appointments in Mathematics improve their ongoing issues with gender diversity, rather than worsen them – The Spinoff

Australian government policy changes over the past five years had virtually transformed the education sector from a public to a private system, Pat Forward said. The New Zealand polytechnic system was in an “alarmingly” similar position to where Australian vocational education was five years ago, she said – Otago Daily Times

The government has announced an extra $3.5 million a year to attract more people into the building and construction industry – Radio New Zealand

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