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The tertiary education minister’s decision today to merge Aoraki and CPIT looks like a rushed takeover, says TEU national president Sandra Grey. Grey says, now that the merger is going ahead, CPIT management need to voice their support for high-quality face-to-face tertiary education in Canterbury, South Canterbury and North Otago’s regions and small towns. “People in Timaru, Oamaru and Ashburton need to hear that CPIT management...

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Staff at Aoraki and CPIT have been waiting for weeks to know if the tertiary education minister will merge their two institutions into a single new Canterbury polytechnic. The minister’s decision was due last month, but this week a spokesperson for the minister said he still had no date for an announcement about whether a proposed merger should go ahead, and that an announcement was not likely until mid-late November. TEU national...

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A CPIT-Aoraki merger will only be good for students and local Canterbury communities if it protects small face-to-face classes, according to a TEU submission to the tertiary education minister. The union provided the submission to the minister last week, arguing that although many regarded the merger as inevitable that does not mean it should go ahead if it is not educationally sound. In particular, the submission states that the...

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Minister considers Canterbury merger

Minister considers Canterbury merger


Posted By on Aug 20, 2015

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 28 Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce opened public consultation this week on the proposed merger of Aoraki Polytechnic and the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT). The two polytechnics are proposing to create a new organisation based on the legal entity of CPIT, and integrating Aoraki Polytechnic into it. Joyce is conducting a public consultation until 14 September, after which he...

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Details of the Clara Immerwahr Essay Competition here. First place: Martin Holmes of Otago University What the judges thought This essay set the issue of scientific advancement into the broader socio-political context. It set out a clear argument and followed through with strong examples and very well chosen quotes. I do hope the author is right – that ‘hardly anyone disagrees that science should have a conscience’ but the...

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Aoraki and CPIT have given a business case for their proposed merger to Steven Joyce, the minister for tertiary education, but to no one else, including staff and students who will be most affected by the change. TEU national president Sandra Grey says the staff and students deserve to see the business case. “The minister needs to make the decision, but the staff and students need to live with it.” TEU members at both polytechnics...

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