Battle lines are being redrawn over Victoria University's proposed name change.
The numbers are in, the Times Higher Education World University list is out, and Auckland University isn’t looking as good as it once did.
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.
The government confirmed this week that it will boost financial support for tertiary students and is on track to deliver fees-free courses from next year.
The sale of Victoria University's Karori campus has become embroiled in controversy.
Job seekers are being warned not to rely so much on tertiary qualifications as companies are instead interested in skills, attitude, motivation and adaptability of job applicants. Listen as Xero's Country Manager Craig Hudson discuss with Larry Williams