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University reaches out to Islamic community after lecturer’s Muslim comment

The University of Waikato is reassuring its Islamic community that it does not condone discrimination after one of its lecturers implied on social media that employers should not hire Muslims because they stop to pray five times a day.

Rotorua principal calls for clearer guidelines around physical restraint

A Rotorua principal is calling for more clarity around the use of physical restraint in schools, and the Ministry of Education says it is coming.

Area teachers vote to ratify their agreement

Teachers in area schools and wharekura have voted to ratify a settlement to their collective agreement negotiations.

NZ tech company launches online signature book for overseas graduates

Social isolation during Covid-19 didn’t stop a Rotorua tech company from connecting thousands of graduating students worldwide.

Procrastinating student publishes research on… procrastinating students

Rebecca Olsen, a PhD student at Victoria University, is investigating whether vividly visualising a future desired outcome could help people get to their goals, and control the urge to hit the couch rather than work on their dreams.

The rise of micro-credentials

Micro-credentials, also known as badges and nanodegrees, allow for specific skills or components of learning to be recognised. The Udacity nanodegree is one of three micro-credential pilot  programmes to be launched by the New Zealand Qualifications...

Bullying breakthrough: ministry agrees to override zoning for bullied child

The Ministry of Education has agreed to override zoning rules to help a child into a new school because he was bullied at his previous school, in what appears to be a breakthrough for other bullied children.

Māori language immersion shows the way in international study

The example of Māori language immersion expertise in a new international study will help other programmes around the world lift their game, say University of Canterbury academics. 

Fees-free tertiary education gets over the line

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.

UK mental health nurse to head University of Auckland

Prof Dawn Freshwater will be the first female Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland when she takes up the post next March.

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