The Ministry of Education has got the ball rolling on developing the next Tertiary Education Strategy.
Setting out the government’s long-term strategic vision for the sector, the current strategy expires at the end of the year, meaning a new one must be in place before then.
The Tertiary Education Union will be working to make sure that as many people as possible studying and working across the sector are consulted on what’s in the next strategy.
This means taking a co-design approach to the redrafting of the strategy and visits from Ministry officials to every campus, similar to what the Tertiary Education Commission eventually agreed to do as part of the ITP roadmap project.
For those working in the sector, it can be difficult to connect their day-to-day challenges with the big picture, strategic direction provided by the government. However, one could trace many of the problems currently facing the sector, such as near constant structural reviews, job losses and funding cuts, to the strategic direction offered by the last National Government.
It is critical therefore that the strategic vision offered in the next Tertiary Education Strategy shifts the whole sector in the direction of delivering an affordable and accessible tertiary education system focused on quality education and training.
Work on a new strategy will also coincide with a review of the Performance Based Research Fund, which is due to get underway mid-year.