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Amalgamation Approved By University And College

MEDIA RELEASE
21 October 2003

Amalgamation Approved By University And College Councils

The respective Councils of The University of Auckland and the Auckland College of Education have approved a proposal to amalgamate the two institutions.

The case for the amalgamation will now be submitted to the Tertiary Education Commission and the Tertiary Advisory Monitoring Unit for Government approval.

The amalgamation, if approved by Government, would see the creation of a Faculty of Education within the University, incorporating the University’s School of Education and the Auckland College of Education. The Faculty would be based at the College’s current campus in Epsom.

The University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Raewyn Dalziel, and the College Principal, Dr John Langley, said the Councils’ decision marked a very positive step forward for teacher education and for educational scholarship and research in New Zealand.

“We believe the amalgamation will provide significant educational benefits to staff, students and ultimately the school communities they serve. This was the overriding consideration for our two institutions and the sole basis for proceeding.

“The Institute of Education, formed in 2002 as a collaboration between the two institutions, showed the potential for a more strategic and effective use of resources through joint academic programmes and the integration of research and professional practice networks.

“The respective Councils have taken the next step on the recommendation of the Joint Taskforce, which has scrutinised the academic and business case for amalgamation and undertaken extensive consultation with staff, students and other key interested parties.

“The Joint Taskforce concluded that amalgamation is in the best interests of students, staff and academic excellence.

“In particular, it is critically important to bolster the teaching workforce as it tackles the number one education priority: to improve educational outcomes for the 20% of students who underachieve within the school system,” they said.

If Government approves the amalgamation, the Faculty will review all of its academic programmes in teacher education, the liberal arts and social work. For the 2004 academic year, however, programmes for the College’s 3,000 students and the University’s 650 education students will remain as they are.

“Both institutions believe that the proposed new Faculty will set a new standard for educational leadership and excellence, nationally and internationally,” Professor Dalziel and Dr Langley concluded.

ENDS


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