Plans for a $206 million research facility at Lincoln University have been scrapped.
New Zealand Initiative policy analyst Joel Hernandez says decisions informed by quality research can help students achieve better life outcomes.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins has declined Victoria University of Wellington Council’s application for a legal name change.
The Government is potentially spending up to $53 million a year on its flagship fees-free policy for students who have either withdrawn from or failed tertiary courses.
The Government is almost doubling a tax on international student fees for private tertiary providers, but has signalled that the tax could be tied to the quality of education in future.
Tertiary students have welcomed the release of He Ara Oranga, the report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.
The Government says its fees-free education policy is a sound investment, despite a slight drop in student numbers.
The Government has spent about $236 million putting more than 41,700 students into fees-free tertiary education, but total student numbers have fallen slightly compared to a year ago.