UE and interest-free loans stay - Govt's response to tertiary education report
*In its response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into New Zealand’s tertiary education system, the Government says it will not be accepting the Commission’s recommendations to abolish University Entrance or reinstate interest on student loans.*
Tertiary education Bill passes first reading
The Education (Tertiary Education and Other Matters) Amendment Bill has passed its first reading in Parliament, amid some concerns from the sector.
World rankings note NZ's reduction in tertiary education funding
The latest Universitas21 rankings report singles out the New Zealand government for criticism for its reduction in tertiary education funding.
Abolish UE, add interest on student loans - the Commission's tertiary education report
Calls to abolish University Entrance, introduce interest on student loans, and develop better careers education were among the recommendations found in the Productivity Commission’s final report on New Zealand’s tertiary education system, released today.
Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards finalists named
Education Minister Hekia Parata says eleven entrants have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.
Controversial Education Amendment Bill passes its third reading
The legislation underpinning the new professional body for teachers, EDUCANZ (Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) passed its third reading last night.
Sector Voices: the biggest challenge facing education
We asked prominent people from within the sector what they perceived to be the biggest challenge currently facing New Zealand education. Here is what they had to say.
Overseas student loans collection gains pace
The Government says it has netted $150 million in additional payments since it launched an initiative four years ago to encourage overseas student loan debtors to start repaying their loans.
What the Commission found
The education sector has had much to say about the Productivity Commission’s eagerly anticipated draft report on its inquiry into new models of tertiary education.
Express to Success
In an effort to raise Māori achievement rates for NCEA Level 2, the Ministry has partnered with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa to provide five learning support hubs.
In search of (more) excellent tertiary teachers
Ako Aotearoa’s JILL TANNER-LLOYD looks at what attributes are shared by the recipients of this year’s top national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards (TTEAs) in an effort to define what makes an excellent tertiary teacher.
Getting to the CoRE of Māori research
The Tertiary Education Commission’s decision to cease Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga’s funding prompted an outcry. JUDE BARBACK investigates allegations that the funding process was flawed and explores what the future holds for Māori-led research.
Are teaching-only universities the way of the future?
The Australian government has recently put into Parliament a suite of potential changes to the higher education (HE) landscape that has generated a conversation about teaching-only universities across the Tasman.
The Postgrad Calendar
Education Review finds a number of inspiring events for postgraduate researchers taking place at New Zealand institutions throughout the year
Lack of support, disinterest, and high costs: perceived barriers to higher education
JUDE BARBACK considers the findings of a recent survey that reveal high costs, lack of support and lack of interest as deterrents to pursuing tertiary education in New Zealand.
Achieving a work-life-study balance
DR CHRISTOPHER THEUNISSEN discusses how a supported distance teaching and learning model can help ensure student success in a time poor environment.
Faces of teacher education
Education Review asks VIVIENNE MACKISACK and TE MANAAROHA ROLLO how they found themselves in teacher education, and the joys and frustrations of working in this sector.
Open education: possible future or utopian idea?
JUDE BARBACK considers the debates around open access and open educational resources.
Improving governance or Government power grab?
The Government’s plans to reform university and wānanga governance councils to create smaller, skills-based councils have been opposed by many in the sector.
The door to tertiary education – open to whom?
The new reports on tertiary education enrolments and earnings need to be considered in the context of the high costs associated with being a student.
One big happy family: uni, polys and wānanga collaborate
Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and the University of Waikato have been working together for more than a decade to increase tertiary education opportunities in the Western Bay of Plenty.
New publications showcase excellence in tertiary teaching
JILL TANNER-LLOYD and DR PETER COOLBEAR introduce the new teaching excellence publications developed by Ako Aotearoa’s Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence. They explain how the two-volume set captures the essence of New Zealand’s top tertiary teachers and their practice, and how these publications can support reflective practice for others wanting to add further value for their learners.
Privacy in the cloud
‘Cloud’ computing is rapidly becoming more than just another buzzword in our digital lives. The expected paradigm shift has implications for schools that are not yet fully understood, and with data integrity on everyone’s mind these days, Education Review, looks at exactly where the buck stops.
From competition to collaboration
Welcome to the Worldwide Classroom
DENNIS VIEHLAND discusses the possible threats and opportunities MOOCs pose for the traditional tertiary institution.
“Heroes in our society”: singing the praises of excellent tertiary teachers
The recipients of the 2013 Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards prove that teaching excellence can benefit learners and strengthen communities.
Callaghan Innovation in its infancy
JUDE BARBACK considers whether the broad support hailing from institutions and business leaders on the back of Callaghan Innovation’s Statement of Intent has allayed or deafened earlier concerns that the new agency would see an end to hands-on science and basic research.
The changing face of New Zealand research
General Manager of KiwiNet, DR BRAM SMITH, says new entrepreneurial research is changing the face of innovation in New Zealand.
For the love of research
Education Review asks four researchers to share why their research is important to them.
Secrets from the Thesis Whisperer
DR INGER MEWBURN, better known as the Thesis Whisperer, shares three common mistakes made by fledgling postgrads, and how to avoid them.
“Yes, I want to be an academic social media superstar!”
Thesis Whisperer, Dr Inger Mewburn recently visited Victoria University of Wellington to discuss the merits of incorporating social media into academic research. Education Review invited two research students to share their reflections on the workshop.
Achieving thesis perfection
PROFESSOR ALISON JONES gives her 12 top tips for postgraduate writing success.
From procrastination to productivity
As a personal performance & development coach working with postgraduate students, Brian Johnston has seen it all. Here, he discusses how procrastination and other self-sabotaging behaviours need to be addressed to become a productive postgrad.
The case for better business case infrastructure
TONY STREET discusses why it is important for education providers to have the right capex (capital expenditure) systems in place.
Taking Kiwi culture to the world
Education Review talks to Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard and Scott Wilson, two New Zealand Fulbright Scholars currently in the United States teaching about their cultural passions of Maori art and New Zealand cinema respectively.
Careers education at a crossroads
As schools eagerly await the outcome of last year’s CIAGE (Careers Information, Advice, Guidance and Education) review and what changes it might bring, Education Review takes a look at what tools and services are currently paving the way for students.
NCEA vs other systems: the downside of picking sides
The 10th anniversary of NCEA reveals there is still division in the ranks, with many elite schools offering alternative options for students.
Multi-pronged boost for R&D
The new Advanced Technology Institute. The hefty 2012 Technology Development Grant. The 70 postgraduate internships. The business incubator grants to young technology companies. All government initiatives launched in an effort to boost R&D in New Zealand.
Outrage over student allowance changes
The Government’s intention to remove eligibility for student allowances for postgraduate students has sparked an uproar among postgraduate students across New Zealand.
A glimpse into the world of research
Education Review looks at research in its many guises.
Education Review finds out what postgraduate students from universities, polytechnics, wananga, and private training establishments from all around New Zealand are up to.
Celebrating our best tertiary teachers
PETER COOLBEAR reflects on this year’s national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards – exploring how these exemplars of great teaching and learning can enhance the tertiary teaching profession in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Pathway of the poor
JUDE BARBACK talks to Australian expert, Dr John Polesel, about the need for quality, structured, and well-resourced vocational education and training programmes at secondary schools.
Codes of practice
PETER COOLBEAR analyses the implications of codes of practice for domestic tertiary students.
Pilot project measures student engagement
Ako Aotearoa’s PETER COOLBEAR, and HAMISH COATES of the Australian Council for Educational Research are adapting a student engagement survey tool for the tertiary sector
The government’s Youth Opportunities suite of initiatives promises better things for young people. But could it also be the start of a sea change for secondary schooling in this country? JOHN GERRITSEN reports
Analysing tertiary spending - Bucks and bangs ...
The government applied $4.3 billion in operating expenditure to providers and students in the tertiary sector in 2009. About a quarter of that was spent on supporting students through loans and allowances.
Associations, unions and more – here’s a brief guide to the education sector.
Bang goes your career? Some things you might want to know about winning a national teaching award.