Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Community input sought on key tertiary education priorities

20 August 2014

Community input sought on key tertiary education priorities

A draft action plan has been developed around tertiary education and research needs in the Bay of Plenty including Taupo, with community feedback currently being sought.

The Bay of Plenty Tertiary Action Plan (TAP) is a region wide document that has been developed to provide a collective vision, strategy and desired actions for tertiary education delivery that is closely aligned with local industry and community needs in the wider region. There are a range of matters for consideration.

The first phase of developing the action plan has consisted of undertaking primary research, workshops and interviews with over 150 key stakeholder, industry and community groups, as well as a substantial literature review of existing regional, national and international information. This next phase of work involves gaining input from the wider Bay of Plenty community, and the tertiary education sector, in terms of the current direction and proposed action points in the draft TAP.

Chairman Bill Wasley says from initial engagement and research, key characteristics have been highlighted and a number of matters for the community’s consideration have been developed.

“Key objectives for the region include increasing tertiary education participation and attainment for people within our communities, particularly Māori, developing a highly educated and skilled workforce that is aligned to the needs of employers, and increasing research for sector development and innovation to help support overall economic growth, community and business development.

“From these objectives, a number of specific recommendations have been made that require full regional buy-in and ownership in order to be successful. The purpose of making the draft Tertiary Action Plan public is to gauge whether the wider community feels these matters for consideration are the right ones for our region, as well as giving people the opportunity to voice their own suggestions on how key objectives can be achieved and the nature of research and programme delivery.”

The draft TAP sets out how key objectives can be achieved through tertiary education. It proposes that the region’s tertiary providers, along with government agencies, economic development agencies, spatial planning partnerships, iwi, industry and community groups work in partnership to ensure the region’s current and future education and research priorities are met.

TAP project manager Greg Simmonds says the action plan has been developed for the people and communities of the wider Bay of Plenty.

“Its purpose is to provide collaborative leadership and regional advocacy for community needs that can be addressed through tertiary education.”

A summary draft TAP document is available for public consultation from August 20 – September 19 and is available on the Bay of Connections website, http://www.bayofconnections.com/ under the Sector Strategy tab. The full draft TAP and appendices are also available.

-ends-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Team Behind Trump's Throne

Forget the Putin factor. Daily, the team of charlatans, bigots and stunningly ignorant crackpots that Trump is appointing to head key federal agencies is just as alarming. These are positions with vast power and budgetary discretion over policies that stand to affect tens of millions of vulnerable Americans. Sad! More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common. Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future? More>>

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news