Hau Taki Haere | Tertiary Update Vol 24, No 22

On Tuesday 17 November, Te Hautū Kahurangi | Tertiary Education Union (TEU), The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA), together with Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland University of Technology (AUT) hosted the Voices of Tertiary Education – Internationalisation Forum 2020 at AUT.

The Voices of the Sector Forum brought together a range of participants to discuss the issues and opportunities for internationalisation in Aotearoa. Tertiary education staff, learners, senior leaders, government officials, and business leaders met to focus on student experience, funding, and ways to connect on the question of international education.

At the forum, agreement was reached by participants on a number of key issues, including that the impacts associated with the Covid-19 pandemic have highlighted weaknesses within the tertiary education system. Participants agreed that proposed cuts to delivery and jobs as a result of revenue loss due to the border closure are short-sighted. Instead, the tertiary education sector requires an urgent cash injection  to ensure it is stable enough to help ‘build back better’.

Crucially, and echoing the new direction of the Tertiary Education Strategy, there was agreement that the benefits of tertiary education extend beyond economic factors; and that we must work together to re-imagine how the goals of international education are to be achieved. The sector must therefore avoid a return to the pre-Covid approach and instead create an international tertiary education strategy that is ethical and leads to a socially and culturally sustainable sector. For TEU Tumu Whakarae National President Michael Gilchrist,

‘In order to achieve a more sustainable sector, while maintaining the many benefits of internationalisation, the Government must work with the sector to stabilise and provide certainty for the future. We need to work toward retaining staff capacity and sector knowledge and expertise to ensure we have a tertiary education sector that works for New Zealanders and international students alike’.

TEU will continue to collaborate and discuss the core issues raised at the forum in drafting a position that reflects the needs and concerns of the sector to bring to hui with Education  Minister Chris Hipkins.

Also in this update:

More needed to truly build back better

Improved funding needed to realise objectives of TES, 2020-2025

Diversity, inclusion and security front of mind for Council reps

TEU U35 rep says younger members vital to union success

Tutors at Literacy Aotearoa Charitable Trust continue to find power in union

Other stories:

Dr Siouxsie Wiles supreme winner at Stuff-Westpac 2020 Women of Influence Awards - Stuff

NorthTec enrolment to double in 2021 despite lack of foreign students – NZ Herald

Clear direction set for the education system, skills prioritised - Beehive

Reo Māori Education statement 'another one of those bureaucracy things' – lecturer - RNZ

Mobilising for internationalisation in a new world – Te Pūkenga

Victoria University calls for staff to take voluntary redundancy as it battles multimillion-dollar deficit - Stuff

Rotorua's Toi Ohomai campus sees post-Covid enrolment boom – NZ Herald