Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

At the mercy of a competitive tertiary sector

Victoria Design and Architecture students at the mercy of a competitive tertiary education sector

The New Zealand University Students Association (NZUSA) is disappointed that both staff and students at Victoria University Design and Architecture School were not adequately consulted about the intended sale of their building on Vivian street in Wellington. Today, the Acting Vice Chancellor, Roy Sharp outlined the financial predicament of Victoria University to cost cut at the expense of the internationally recognised school.

"This is a direct result of continual government under funding of the Tertiary education sector, which has resulted in a cut throat competitive environment for institutions. Once again staff and students will bear the full brunt," says Tanja Schutz, Co President, NZUSA.

"The collegial nature and fiscal common sense of two Universities, Victoria and Massey, sharing space, resources and creative inguenuity in one city centre was positive," says Ms Schutz." "Now we are seeing the results of excessive inter institutional competition."

"The building was custom built for staff and students. It seems irregular that the university is dumping a functional architecture and design building, while in the same breath set to invest large amounts of money refitting the new commerce building, Rutherford House," says Ms Schutz.

"In addition, the building was in close proximity to networks within the professional sector. To some extent this move puts the good relationship between the sector and the students at risk."

"The Government should take note that this is a prime example of Universities trying to frantically economise after nine years of outright funding neglect, directly affecting the quality of current and future student’s education" says Ms Schutz.

For further comment:

Tanja Schutz Co President NZUSA 025 86 86 77

(04) 498 2500


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>


Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>

ALSO:

Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION