Minister called on to reform tertiary education funding model

Posted By TEU on Mar 22, 2018 |

Tertiary Update – Vol 21 No 6

Students, staff, and Vice-Chancellors have called on the Minister for Education to work with the sector to change the existing funding model for tertiary education.

Representatives at a Voices from Tertiary Education forum on the future of universities called for the change as part of a wide ranging statement that sets out a series of recommendations for the reform of universities.

“There is a shared view across the sector that the existing funding model is compromising delivery of quality, accessible tertiary education. The Minister needs to get us all around the table so we can get this sorted and focus on what we’re all here to do – that is to give students the best possible learning experience at their chosen institution,” Sandra Grey, National President of the Tertiary Education Union, said.

Grant Guilford, Vice-Chancellor of the Victoria University of Wellington, added: “This statement signals our commitment to working with government, students, staff and sector leaders to ensure universities are in the best possible place locally, nationally and globally to deliver for all New Zealanders. Part of this is about improving the existing funding model so universities can be better supported to focus on what we do best – providing quality education and research to a broad range of learners.

The statement also calls on the Minister to bring together students, staff, business, iwi, local communities and institutional leaders at regular forums to discuss a long-term plan for the tertiary education sector.

Chris Hipkins is organising two huge Education Summits in May, but tertiary education representatives want to see him commit to additional forums that can focus on issues specific to the tertiary education sector.

“Students and staff also have to be at the heart of all planning and decisions in the sector. The statement we agreed provides the Minister with a way of making this happen whilst also ensuring the funding model is improved to better meet the needs of all learners, employers, staff, and local communities,” Jonathan Gee, President of the New Zealand Union of Student Associations, said.

Sector leaders also called on Hipkins to work with the Minister of Finance, Grant Robertson, to develop a framework to better measure the huge contribution tertiary education makes to society.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Time to talk about the future of PBRF
  2. Tertiary education law to pass Parliament
  3. Government asks for views on possible new education laws
  4. Sharing the funding pie

Other news

Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Singapore’s Education Minister for Schools Ng Chee Meng have signed an Education Cooperation Arrangement – Beehive

Academics at the University of Otago have published research into what works and what doesn’t when it comes to the success of Pacific students – University of Otago

The University of Waikato recently hosted the Prime Minister of Vietnam, and signed four Memorandums of Understanding with Vietnamese organisations – University of Waikato

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is consulting on proposed changes to NZQA Rules – NZQA

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