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Weltec Foundation Cuts Hit Refugees


Weltec Foundation Cuts Hit Refugees

The Dominion Post reports that up to 80 refugee students in the Hutt Valley will lose out on English language classes because of government funding cuts to foundation studies. Earlier this year the government cut roughly $32 million of funding for level 1 and 2 courses from polytechnics.

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Houkāmau and Williams contest Māori vice-presidency

The union's two Tumu Āwhina, James Houkāmau and Ngaroma Williams are both standing for the position of TEU Te Tumu Arataki (Māori vice-president). The election opened this week and will continue throughout the summer until 1 February.

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Five university academics seek IPC election

There are five experienced university academic leaders standing for only two positions on TEU's industrial and professional committee. As with the vote for the Tumu Arataki the election opened this week and will continue throughout the summer until 1 February.

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Northtec members raise $1000 for women's refuge

A film fundraiser organised by Northtec and its TEU branch has raised $1000 for Te Puna o te Aroha Whangarei (Māori Women's Refuge). In addition, NorthTec staff members donated grocery and gift items to the cause.

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Massey leads universities with pay equity review

Massey University has been highlighted in the Human Rights Commission's 2012 New Zealand Census of Women's Participation as the first university in New Zealand to undertake a pay equity review.

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TEU launched its "I love TEU" music video last night - YouTube

New teacher graduates on the hunt for jobs have been flooding NZUSA with stories of a bleak outlook for 2013. "Based on early feedback the outlook for next year looks like it will be especially tough on graduates who were recruited into teaching courses but who won’t be able to gain teaching jobs" - Pete Hodkinson, NZUSA President.

Otago Polytechnic predicts student numbers will increase by 5% next year, as the institution continues to buck a trend of falling enrolments and cuts at polytechnics around the country - Otago Daily Times

MOOCs (massive open online courses) and more freely available lectures and university content are transforming the education landscape, and alliances between academia and corporations are ever-increasing. But this revolution in education might pose a lethal threat for hardly commodifiable disciplines such as those of the humanities - Open Democracy

Western Australia's five universities are locked in a multi-million dollar battle to attract the brightest students in the state and lure cashed-up foreigners to their campuses next year. They are spending millions on marketing and promoting their courses both in Australia and overseas and increasingly turning to the digital world to get their message out there - The Australian

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