May 27, 2006 | by  |
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Mixed views on multinational forum

A multinational forum on tertiary education held the week before last is being touted as a success by organisers, despite the exclusion of students and staff from most of the conference.

Organised by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), the forum gathered together a range of international experts on tertiary education policy, holding discussions on possible future funding models, monitoring teaching quality and student contribution.

TEC Deputy Chief Executive Colin Webb says the forum was “highly successful”, adding that “delegates said they found the discussion very interesting, and the sharing of experience and information extremely useful.”

While neither the New Zealand University Students’ Association nor the Association of University Staff were invited to the first two days of the forum, which were closed to the public, both organisations were among those who attended on the open day.

Both NZUSA and AUS expressed their disappointment at only being able to attend on the third day. Webb, however, says “we believe day three gave a wide range of people ample opportunity to participate in the forum.”

NZUSA Co-President Conor Roberts says the discussion on the third day was “right off target”, and thought the participants did not go far enough to examine
student hardship.

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