Susan Stevenson says New Zealand cannot continue to blindly believe it doesn’t need to change its strategic approach to higher/tertiary education sector.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins says fees-free tertiary education and industry training will kick-off next year for some 80,000 students. However, National's tertiary education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith has "grave concerns" about the policy and its impact on tertiary education, apprenticeships, export education and the wider economy.
All New Zealanders who have done less than half a fulltime year of post-school education or training will be eligible to study fees-free next year.
Tertiary education featured prominently during the election campaign, and policies to increase student support significantly are a key component of the new government’s 100 day plan.
Frustration's boiled over in a meeting between students at Auckland's BEST Pacific Institute of Education and the Tertiary Education Commission.
Officials say they thought carefully before pulling the funding on Best Pacific Institute in Auckland.
Top scientists are looking to quit Massey University in the wake of a voluntary redundancy offer which appears to have backfired.