Sector to lead future of tertiary education discussion

Posted By TEU on Feb 1, 2018 | 4 comments

Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 1

Two forums are to bring together staff, students, business, industry  trainers, sector leaders and policy makers to discuss the future of tertiary education under the Labour-led government.

Vocational education and training is the subject of the first forum taking place on 1 March. It will be jointly hosted by the Tertiary Education Union (TEU), the Manukau Institute of Technology and the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA).

A week later the future of universities will come under the spotlight at a forum hosted by the TEU, Victoria University of Wellington and NZUSA.

Both forums are being organised to discuss what, if any, changes need to be made to the policies, funding and structures of the tertiary education sector to better meet the public good requirements of the Education Act 1989.

The discussion will also inform the 30 year strategic plan for education the government committed to in the coalition agreement.

“We are really looking forward to bringing everyone around the table to discuss how we can advance our shared commitment to quality tertiary education. We know the best results will be achieved if senior leaders, staff, students and government officials work together, build sustained relationships and find ways to make sure tertiary education benefits us all,” Sandra Grey, national president of the TEU, said.

More details about the forums will be published in future editions of Tertiary Update.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Government hold off on changes to in-study work rights
  2. Practising teachers left out of NCEA advisory group

Other news

The Tertiary Education Commission has published details of its allocations under the competitive pilot for level 3 and 4 Student Achievement Component funding – TEC

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has published a process and criteria for maintaining the approved subjects list for University Entrance – NZQA

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and the University of Waikato have reaffirmed their commitment to the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership – University of Waikato

Chief Executive Officer of Northland Inc., the local Regional Economic Development Agency, David Wilson, has said NorthTec’s Visual Arts degree course, currently at threat of being closed, must be saved – RNZ

Massey University are planning to offer lectures for extramural students at a learning hub based at Masterton District Library – Stuff

The Universal College of Learning has confirmed that it will continue to offer free te reo Māori courses after a trial of the approach in 2017 – Stuff

The Tertiary Education Commission is conducting an internal consultation on proposals to reorganise the organisation – TEC

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