Viewport width =
March 20, 2006 | by  | in News |
Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

International Experts discuss education Students excluded

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) last week hosted a multinational forum of tertiary policy, but students and representatives of New Zealand University staff were not invited.

The forum, held over three days last week, aimed to discuss issues such as future funding models, education quality and student participation. Experts in tertiary education policy came from as far away as the US, Britain and Canada to participate.

Minister for Tertiary Education Michael Cullen says the forum was “well-timed, given the progress that New Zealand is making with its tertiary education system and the thinking going on at the moment about the sector’s future.”

However, neither representatives of the Association of University Staff (AUS) nor the New Zealand Students’ Association (NZUSA) were invited to the first two days of the forum – those closed to the public. Instead NZUSA Co-Presidents Joey Randall and Conor Roberts could only attend the days open to the public, and to the media.

Roberts says although the forum had an “international focus” and it “would have been interesting” to attend. He questioned the ability to have a discussion about tertiary education without a proper opportunity for student input.

Randall added he thought “it was imperative we were able to participate” given “the level to which students should contribute to the cost of tertiary education”

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

About the Author ()

Nicola Kean: feature writer, philanthropist, womanly woman. Nicola is the smallest member of the Salient team, but eats really large pieces of lasagne. Favourites include 80s music, the scent of fresh pine needles and long walks on the beach.

Comments are closed.

Recent posts

  1. Interview with Dr Rebecca Kiddle
  2. The Party Line
  3. Te Ara Tauira
  4. Robotic Legs, “Inspiration”, and Disability in Film
  5. VICUFO
  6. VUWSA
  7. One Ocean
  8. Steel and Sting
  9. RE: Conceptual Romance
  10. Voluntary WOF a Step in the Right Direction
redalert1

Editor's Pick

RED

: - SPONSORED - I have always thought that red was a sneaky, manipulative colour for Frank Jackson to choose in his Black and White Mary thought experiment. It is the colour of the most evocative emotions, love and hate, and symbolises some of the most intense human experiences, bi