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


University staff welcomes Tertiary Strategy

Association of University Staff

Media Release
Attn Education Reporter 14 December 2006

University staff welcomes Tertiary Education Strategy

The Association of University Staff (AUS) has welcomed the new Tertiary Education Strategy released this morning by the Government, saying that it will allow for long-term and sustainable planning in the sector.

Broadly, the Strategy expects the tertiary-education sector to contribute to the transformation of the New Zealand economy through lifelong learning, by creating and applying knowledge to drive innovation and by building strong connections between tertiary-education organisations and the communities they serve. It also sets out the Government’s expectations and priorities for how the sector will contribute to the Government’s goals, not just for the economy but also for families and national identity.

AUS National President, Professor Nigel Haworth, said that AUS members had been actively engaged in consultation around the Strategy document, particularly around the need to incorporate Maori content. “We are very pleased to see that our feedback on the draft Strategy has been heeded, and that there is now extensive information about what the Strategy means for Maori and Pasifika peoples,” he said. “We still note, however, that the Treaty of Waitangi needs to be more comprehensively incorporated into the strategic direction of tertiary education.”

Professor Haworth said that AUS strongly supports most elements of the new funding system which underpins the Strategy: three year funding, distinctive contributions for universities and a move away from a purely enrolment driven system. “The implementation of the new funding system will be a key to ensuring the success of the Strategy,” he said.

Professor Haworth said that AUS also endorses the goals to build the excellence of university research and increase the application of that research to economic, social and cultural development. “It is essential that the breadth and quality of university research is supported through funding policies, rather than having too narrow a focus on improving creating economic opportunities. While links with industry are vital for universities, community engagement is equally vital,” he said. Economic opportunities need to be considered alongside social benefits, and the fundamental independence of academic research at New Zealand universities.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Stage: Wellington’s Theatre Awards To Go Ahead

The Wellington Theatre Awards will go ahead despite a devastating year for New Zealand’s creative sector. Wellington Theatre Awards Trust Chair Tom Broadmore said, “the creative sector, and Wellington’s vibrant theatre sector has been gutted by the ... More>>

Journalism: An Icon Returns. New-Look North & South Magazine Hits Shelves

One of New Zealand’s most iconic magazines, North & South, is back on the shelves this week – with new independent ownership. The magazine, which has set the benchmark for investigative journalism in New Zealand since 1986, relaunches this week, ensuring ... More>>

Howard Davis: Three New Art Books for Xmas

Massey University and Te Papa Presses have published three new art books just in time for Xmas: Dick Frizzell's Me, According to the History of Art, Railways Studios, celebrating unique examples of government-sponsored advertising and design, and Nature - Stilled, Jane Ussher's extraordinary photographs of flora and fauna from the museum's natural history collections.

Howard Davis: Inside The King's Head - Girl in the Loft at BATS

Katherine Wyeth weaves together a dramatic tapestry of memory, identity, and legacy, exploring what it was like to grow up in the second oldest operating pub theatre in the UK. More>>

Howard Davis: Fiddling While America Burns - Wellington's T-Bone Cut A Rug

Just a few days prior to the most significant US Presidential elections in decades, local denizens of Lower Hutt's Moera Hall were treated to a broad canvas of musical styles, including tinges of bluegrass, old-time, country, cajun, and zydeco influences. More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Rises From The Ashes (& Chris O'Connor Talks)

Simultaneously dreamy and structured, understated and subtle, spacious and hypnotic, The Phoenix Foundation's new album Lifeline includes gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting lyrics with no lack of wry, self-deprecating humour, and gently weeping guitar parts. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland