International education continues to be a star performer in New Zealand’s export-led growth according to latest data, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says. . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed a new ERO report showing schools have become significantly more inclusive towards children with special educational needs. . . . more
About 25,000 more tertiary educated primary industry workers are needed for New Zealand to have any hope of doubling its primary exports by 2025, Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy estimates. Yet a Ministry of Education report on New Zealand's tertiary sector found just 365 students, or 1.1 per cent of 2013 graduates, completed a primary industries-based degree. . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the more than 200 applications for the first round of the $10 million Teacher-led Innovation Fund.
The new fund is part of the government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success Initiative and provides funding for teachers to develop innovative ideas to be put into practice and shared across schools. . . . more
Work rights and immigration points are regarded as important incentives for attracting international students in the face of stiff competition from countries including Australia and Canada. . . . more
Too many students with dyslexia are falling behind because they don't get adequate support, says a Massey University professor of literacy education and co-author of a new book on the topic. . . . more
Malaysian scholarship students will receive on-the-job training with New Zealand adventure tourism operators, as part of a new education partnership between Malaysia and New Zealand to develop the island of Langkawi into Malaysia's adventure tourism centre. . . . more
Providing better access to knowledge about online behaviour, including an 0800 helpline, are among the recommendations in a report from Victoria University of Wellington about New Zealanders’ online behaviour. . . . more
UCOL Wairarapa is celebrating a boom in the number of degree students - more than half the roll - who now call the Masterton campus home. . . . more
Auckland Institute of Studies has been ranked as a Category 1 provider by NZQA.
Achievement of Category 1 status comes during a period of steady growth in international student numbers at AIS, which with approximately 1000 students is one of the largest private education institutions providing both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in New Zealand. . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata says the latest Better Public Services (BPS) results show the government is making great progress towards its education targets. . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says better-than-expected Better Public Services results mean the Government is revising the workforce skills target to 60 per cent of 25–34 year olds having a qualification at Level 4 or above by 2018. . . . more
Theology and hairdressing are the first casualties of government cuts to subjects where it believes there are too many tertiary students.
This year the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is subsidising 107 fewer theology students and 124 fewer hairdressers in the private education sector - saving $1.8 million. . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce released the 2015 Occupation Outlook report and mobile App, which allows students and their families to easily compare the job prospects and incomes of 50 different careers and help them make good study choices, both in tertiary education and at senior secondary school level. . . . more
Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye is pleased to announce that the $211 million project to provide schools with fast, reliable internet is running about twelve months ahead of schedule. . . . more
New Zealand’s ‘skills shortages’ are predicted to widen. Business NZ has called it a drag on the economy, stating educational institutions will struggle to match the supply of graduates with real labour market needs. . . . more
Launched today is an ambitious plan to significantly lift the numbers of international students in Wellington. The Wellington International Strategy will see Universities, Polytechnics, Private English Language and Training providers and Schools doubling the number of international students studying in the Wellington region by 2023.
For the first time in New Zealand all leading education provid . . . more
The number of male teachers in New Zealand schools continues to decline despite the Ministry of Education's attempts to fix the gender imbalance.
In the past 10 years the number of male teachers in both primary and secondary schools has dropped. Last year men made up only 16.5 per cent of primary school teachers and 41.2 per cent at high schools. . . . more
NEW ZEALAND - An increasingly global focus and new world-class facilities are behind a name change for Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)’s maritime school.
The original school, based in Nelson, was established in 1976 as the New Zealand School of Fisheries and later became known as the Nelson Maritime School. It was officially re-launched under its new name – the Int . . . more
Technology is vital in providing accessible education to students around the world, said Sir John Daniel at an event in Wellington for staff from Open Polytechnic, academics and representatives from universities and tertiary education providers. . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed funding of $1.7 million from the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) for research projects to improve educational outcomes for students. . . . more
New Zealand’s immigration laws must be changed to stop overseas students from being exploited by unscrupulous employers and overseas unlicensed agents, says the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment (NZAMI). NZAMI, New Zealand's leading professional association for immigration specialists, says the exploitation of students which has recently been highlighted in the media starts in . . . more
A shift of 8000 more children into lower decile schools is an indication that more New Zealand families are becoming poorer and that more children are likely to live in low income households. Decile changes for all schools have been published by the Ministry of Education today. . . . more
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is pleased to announce that the Chinese Ministry of Education will be adding nine New Zealand education providers to its website of international places of study. . . . more
A recent report on New Zealand schools highlights how digital technology is being widely adopted and is contributing to higher student achievement. Since 1993, every two years the survey has been completed, with a focus on information and communications technology. . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced the signing with China of two initiatives that will further enhance educational initiatives between China and New Zealand.
The bilateral education arrangements were part of the eighth meeting of the New Zealand-China Joint Working Group on Education and Training, which coincided with the visit by Chinese President X . . . more
A new report on digital technologies in schools, released today by the 2020 Trust, indicates that over 75% of schools are noticing an impact on student achievement as a result of using digital technologies in classrooms. . . . more
Tauranga’s ASB Arena will play host to over 550 delegates from every secondary school in New Zealand at the National Careers and Transition Educators (CATE) Conference from 19 – 21 November. . . . more
Microsoft Australia has launched the Microsoft Australia and New Zealand Expert Educator Program. It recognises pioneer educators who are using technology to transform education. . . . more
2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™ reveals that New Zealand is the third most prosperous country in the world, ahead of Australia.New Zealand has reached its highest level of prosperity ever recorded in the Legatum Prosperity Index (which covers the last six years), climbing two places since 2013 when it ranked fifth . . . more
Three Wellington tertiary providers are working with industry to develop a joint Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Graduate School that addresses the needs of the region. . . . more
Wellington (28 October) – The education sector needs to recognise the crucial role that leadership plays in raising student achievement in schools and better equip principals for the job, according to a new report by the New Zealand Education and Scholarship Trust and The New Zealand Initiative. . . . more
Supporting high quality learning in the workplace is the focus of a report launched today by Ako Aotearoa, the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.
The report – Learning in and for Work - draws on more than 30 projects funded by Ako Aotearoa to identify both the benefits of learning in the workplace and the factors that make it successful. It includes lessons for learners, workplac . . . more
Education Perfect is designed to teach pupils simple concepts across many subjects, including maths, science, history, English, biology, accounting and enterprise, and this year, has helped students answer more than 500 million questions from 300,000 students. . . . more
With an ambitious mission to give every Kiwi kid the chance to learn to code, Code Club Aotearoa has launched its nationwide programme of free volunteer-led classes to encourage New Zealand children to become tomorrow’s creators and innovators. An initiative that started with one club in the United Kingdom, within a 24 month period Code Club soared to 2,500 volunteer led clubs teaching close to . . . more
A Nation of Curious Minds: He Whenua Hirihi I te Mahara – is the blueprint for the Science in Society Project and has been jointly developed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Ministry of Education with close involvement from the office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. . . . more
The New Zealand Story. Education is a strong part of the story, particularly in its third chapter ‘Our Open Minds’, which illustrates New Zealanders ingenuity and problem-solving skills by sharing examples from tutorials, research labs and small-to-medium businesses around the country. . . . more
New Zealand universities still rank in the top 3% world-wide despite slippage in the latest tables says the Acting Chair of Universities New Zealand Professor Harlene Hayne. . . . more
Academic Colleges Group (ACG), New Zealand’s leading independent educational services provider, has significantly expanded its Tertiary and Careers Division with the acquisition of New Zealand Management Academies (NZMA).
NZMA has campuses at Sylvia Park and Otahuhu in Auckland, a campus in Hamilton and serves around 3,000 domestic and international students. NZMA provides programmes from . . . more
ndia is already the second-largest source of international students to New Zealand. In order to attract even more Indian students, Education New Zealand, the New Zealand government agency for international education, plans to launch a number of road shows and fairs in India . . . more
Improving the entrepreneurial skills of tertiary students is one of the 15 live education projects at the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Tertiary Education Centre (STEM-TEC) at AUT University. To achieve this, the project is currently establishing a STEM Student Entrepreneurs Club to encourage graduates to stimulate innovation in the New Zealand tech sector. . . . more
The country’s top private tertiary performers and the increasing importance of private tertiary providers were celebrated at the Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand Awards held in Queenstown last week.
ITENZ, the national organisation representing 52 per cent of NZQA-registered private tertiary institutions, recognised students, tutors and education providers at the awards held as . . . more
Four new Partnership Schools to open. Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the Government has signed contracts to open four new Partnership Schools in 2015.“These new schools will help raise educational achievement, in particular for those groups of students who have for a long time been under-served by the mainstream system,” Ms Parata says. . . . more
Use of gadgets and parents too busy to talk suspected of hindering children’s language development. Fewer children starting school can speak in sentences, prompting an investigation by education chiefs.Primary schools around the country have noted a decline in the spoken-language abilities of new entrants and the Ministry of Education will look into the reports.
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ONLINE-Student is the first major Immigration New Zealand (INZ) ONLINE service to go live. The new service is available to full fee paying, scholarship, exchange and English language students. Students will find the login box here:
Student applicants will still need to provide passports, either through Visa Application Centres offshore or, if the applicant is already in New Zealand, through the . . . more
The Government will invest $10 million over five years to increase the provision of Asian languages in schools, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced. . . . more
AUT University strives to provide a safe environment for its students to study, learn and live in. As part of that commitment, AUT will trial a new smartphone application (“app”) which was launched at AUT’s two student accommodation houses: Akoranga Student Village and Wellesley Student Apartments last week. AUT is the first university in the world to offer this nationwide, off-campus servic . . . more
New Zealand’s international education industry has seen its strongest January to April enrolment period on record with an 8 per cent increase, or an additional 5,100 international student enrolments on the same period last year. . . . more
A team of Auckland University students have won first place in the innovation category, a $50,000 cheque and the experience of a lifetime at Microsoft's Imagine Cup World Finals. . . . more
Compelling research shows learning outcomes for children with dyslexia can be vastly improved.
Specialised, early intervention can significantly boost success at school for a child with dyslexia, a pilot study shows. . . . more
A programme focused on improving behaviour in schools is having a positive impact in classrooms across New Zealand, Education Minister Hekia Parata says.
The findings, released today, are from an ongoing evaluation into the Positive Behaviour for Learning School-Wide (PB4L) programme. The evaluation is being carried out by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER).
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The tertiary education sector continued to produce strong educational performance in 2013, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister, Steven Joyce says.
The Tertiary Education Commission today released the 2013 Education Performance Indicators (EPIs) for providers receiving Student Achievement Component (SAC) funding which shows performance against the four EPIs of course completion . . . more
International students will be able to apply online for New Zealand visas in the next few weeks, when Immigration New Zealand’s new service goes live.
Immigration ONLINE – Student will allow international students around the world to apply, pay fees and upload supporting documents online. The new service will be available to full fee paying, scholarship, exchange and English languag . . . more
Creative Learning Corporation (OTCBB:CLCN), owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz,(R) Challenge Island(R), and Sew Fun Studios(R), the highly-popular children's education and enrichment programs, is pleased to announce that BFK FRANCHISE COMPANY, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Learning Corporation) has recently awarded a master franchise in New Zealand to KidzBlock Ltd. The Agreemen . . . more
Microsoft New Zealand today announced it is donating $1M in cash, software and services investment to the High Tech Youth Network to provide pathways for young, underserved Kiwis into the IT industry.
Microsoft New Zealand Managing Director, Paul Muckleston, made the announcement today at One Tree Hill College in Penrose, where Prime Minister John Key joined with students and the CEO of the Hig . . . more
4 August 2014, Auckland. Academic Colleges Group (ACG) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the New Zealand Career College (NZCC).
The New Zealand Career College is a private tertiary education provider since 2002 and has been ably led by Mr. Feroz Ali. NZCC offers a range of certificate and diploma courses in Early Childhood, Health, Business, English and Electronic trades
NZCC also o . . . more
With university entrance on the minds of many high school students at the moment, leading New Zealand property trust Keystone New Zealand Property Education Trust has opened its doors for suitable candidates for its 2015 property scholarships, which are due to close on 20th August.
Keystone New Zealand Property Education Trust - more commonly known as Keystone Trust - gives students a hand up int . . . more
Teacher-training institutions can now access a digital resource that enables schools to share learning resources and best practices, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says.
Pond, the online learning hub built by Crown-owned company Network for Learning, aims to become a central environment in digital discovery and participation for schools.
It is currently available to 700 primary and . . . more
The Government is sponsoring a big push for more enrolments in Level 6 and 7 engineering courses in the country’s institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs), Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce says.
Mr Joyce today launched a new Engineering - Education to Employment (E2E) initiative to promote engineering as a career to students, with bridging course . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata today welcomed the release of the 2014 mid-year Better Public Service results, which show great progress towards the Result Areas 5 and 6 education targets.Result 5 targets increasing the proportion of 18-year-olds with NCEA level 2 or equivalent qualification to 85 per cent by 2017, while Result . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced that 5,250 student places will be available across New Zealand’s 22 Trades Academies in 2015. This is an increase of 750 places from the current allocation of 4,500 places.
Trades Academies provide opportunities for young people still enrolled in school to undertake part of . . . more
AIS group students from Iwami Chisuikan High School were the focal point of the official launch of Education New Zealand’s Game On English Programme, which was attended by Prime Minister John Key and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Villa Maria Winery on Monday 7July.
The Game On English Programme is an initiative undertaken by ENZ as a result of the Japanese government’s desir . . . more
A new online tool to help educators lift the literacy and numeracy skills of young New Zealanders was launched in Wellington today at the National Symposium for Literacy and Numeracy for Adults by Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills.
The “Youth Option” for the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool is tailored for young learners between the ages of 15 an . . . more
Many New Zealand students are among the most financially literate, and score higher than the OECD on average, Education Minister Hekia Parata says.
The results of the New Zealand Financial Literacy Report are based on findings from the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study, which assessed the financial literacy of 15 year-olds at that time.
New Zealand was one . . . more
International student numbers in New Zealand look set to grow again following the worst effects of the global financial crisis and the Christchurch earthquakes, according to ministers.
The newly-released International Education Snapshot 2013 full year report provides a window into the trends in New Zealand’s international education industry for the 2013 academic year.
Last year, N . . . more
Mike Scott, an electrical tutor at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic was one of only 12 educators to be awarded a prestigious 2014 Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award in Wellington last night.
Presented by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Hon Steven Joyce, the Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards celebrate New Zealand’s finest tertiary teachers - as recognised by their organisations, collea . . . more
New Zealand students completed a record number of undergraduate degree qualifications in 2013, according to new data released today by the Ministry of Education.
In 2013, 25,800 domestic students completed bachelors degrees, an increase of around 400 on the 25,400 who completed degrees in 2012, and 24 per cent higher than the 20,800 who graduated in 2008.
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Te Matarau Education Trust, a new Tai Tokerau Hapu-Iwi collective made up of Te Uri o Hau, NgÄtiwai, Ngati Hau, Ngati Hine, Ngati Rangi and Te Aupouri, has teamed up with NorthTec to provide trades training for Maori and Pasifika learners.
Last month Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Associate Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Ta . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata says the latest ERO report on ‘Raising Achievement in Primary Schools’ is further evidence of how improved use of data and innovative teaching practice are helping to lift student achievement.
Ms Parata says the report shows the more widespread use of assessment data, including National Standards data, is helping to accelerate student progress . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the release of the Creative Industries Vocational Pathway at the Te Ara Whakamana: Pathways, Transitions and Bridges to Tertiary Education Forum 2014 in Wellington.
The Creative Industries Pathway is the sixth in a series of pathways designed to help students select subjec . . . more
Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye today announced funding totalling $122,000 for a range of youth organisations with a focus on improving opportunities for young people.
The Ministry of Youth Development funding will support a diverse range of organisations and projects. Recipients are the Far North District Council, the Great Potentials Foundation, the Isolated Communities youth grant . . . more
The chief executive of Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Jim Mather, is welcoming the findings of a BERL report into the contribution wananga make to the economy.
The economic research firm identified significant benefits to the New Zealand economy from the three Maori tertiary education providers, including generating almost half a billion dollars in combined expenditure and employing almost 3000 emp . . . more
The latest five groups selected for the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training initiative were today announced by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Associate Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Tariana Turia.
The joint initiative by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Tertiary Education Commission will fund 3,000 plac . . . more
A new report analyses achievement in state secondary boys’ schools and explores the top strategies used by high-performing schools.
The analysis from 2010 to 2012 shows school leavers from state boys’ schools had higher qualifications than their male counterparts who attended state co-educational schools.
The report was carried out by the New Zealand Council for Educational . . . more
Joint research grants worth $460,000 have been awarded to seven collaborative research projects between New Zealand and Indian universities, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce announced today.
The winning themes range from research into health and migration patterns in the South Pacific to managing India New Zealand institutional challenges and the impact of cli . . . more
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Chris Finlayson and Minister of Youth Affairs Nikki Kaye today announced $50,000 from the Ministry of Youth Development to support youth participation in the performing arts.
“This funding will encourage young people to develop their musical and performance abilities, grow their confidence and self-management skills, and connect them wi . . . more
Teaching methods will need to change if educational institutions expect to keep charging thousands for learning that is available free on the internet, an expert in online education told New Zealand's tertiary leaders yesterday.
American Salman Khan was a keynote speaker at a summit Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce has convened at Auckland Museum this week to discuss what develo . . . more
Giving international students the chance to experience the exhilarating adventure New Zealand is famous for while they study is the aim of the first joint marketing campaign Tourism New Zealandand Education New Zealand launched on May 26 in Japan.
The two agencies have joined forces to attract young Japanese to New Zealand with the offer of up to $300 worth of advent . . . more
The Government will invest $28.6 million operating funding (including $11.8 million of contingencies) over the next four years in three Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Graduate Schools to help address significant high-level skills shortages in the rapidly growing ICT industry, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
The new ICT Graduate Scho . . . more
Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye has today released a report showing that widespread and mobile access to the internet will lead to new and significant opportunities and challenges for the education system.
“The report – Future-focused learning in connected communities – was developed by the 21st Century Learning Reference Group. It sets out ten s . . . more
New enrolments in apprenticeship training have grown by 24 per cent since 2012 following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Reboot scheme last year, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
The Apprenticeship Reboot was announced in January 2013 by Prime Minister John Key alongside an overhaul of the apprenticeship scheme to get more apprentices qualifie . . . more
56 per cent of study by New Zealanders was at degree or postgraduate level in 2013 compared to 48 per cent 10 years ago, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
The Tertiary education enrolments 2013 report released today shows there was continued growth in enrolments in higher qualifications by younger students, while enrolments fell for older st . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata says a comprehensive new guide to help keep schools safe and prevent bullying will help make sure students get the best opportunity to learn and achieve.
Ms Parata says with many schools and groups today marking Pink Shirt Day, which takes a stand against bullying, it is great to have the new guide out in schools.
The Bullying Prevention Advisory Gr . . . more
Budget 2014 provides $198.6 million of operating funding for new investment in tertiary education, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
“This investment will strengthen our higher education system, improve further the quality of our universities, and help maintain their international competitiveness,” he says.
$83.3 million operating fu . . . more
An innovative new competition for Year 10 students helping to promote careers in the primary industries has been launched today by Education Minister Hekia Parata and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.
The Enterprising Primary Industries Career (EPIC) Challenge for 2014 requires school students to identify different careers within the primary industries and develop a strategy . . . more
As part of its commitment to supporting collaborative research, in 2013/14 the Government held a selection round for CoREs. The 2013 Budget allocation increased the fund by 10%, bringing the total amount of annual funding to just under $35 million. The CoREs funding is for operational costs and operational expenditure only.
The TEC contracted the Royal Society of New Zealand to run an indep . . . more
Research to help teachers support gifted students
A University of Canterbury education researcher says the findings in her thesis project should help teachers and schools better support gifted students.
Dr Louise Tapper’s PhD research focused on a group of teenagers to see what it meant to them to achieve in school as gifted and talented students.
In-depth data was collected f . . . more
New Zealand’s superlative outdoor experiences are helping attract a new group of international students – thanks to the cooperative marketing efforts of 23 secondary schools.
The Outdoor Education New Zealand (ODENZ) cluster has been working since 2002 to develop this niche, and enrolments are rising from northern Europe.
ODENZ chief executive Ian Reedy says the partic . . . more
This report, commissioned by the Ministry of Health, presents the results of measurements of exposures to radiofrequency (RF) fields from WiFi in two New Zealand schools, both from the access points and devices themselves. The results are compared and supplemented with information from overseas studies.
All exposures were very low compared with the public exposure limit in New Zealand . . . more
Further postgraduate level initial teacher education (ITE) qualifications from 2015.
The Universities of Auckland, AUT, Canterbury, Massey and Victoria have all been selected as providers.
“Expectations of education systems are changing and teachers entering the profession need to have the knowledge and expertise to work effectively with an increasingly diverse student popul . . . more
Education New Zealand (ENZ) has announced 15 exclusive scholarships for students from India, who may apply by May 16. The Christchurch Educated Skills Scholarship programme, worth more than Rs 75 lakh, is targeted at Indian graduates wishing to study at postgraduate level in Christchurch in specific disciplines which are aligned to clearly identified skill shortage areas associated with the reb . . . more
The Institute of IT Professionals, New Zealand's largest IT representative body, hosted ICT Minister Amy Adams at Christchurch Girls High School this week to promote ICT career options to students.
The Institute of IT Professionals (IITP) and Christchurch Girls High School hosted the Information Technology and Communications Minister Amy Adams at a year 10 assembly at the school this Th . . . more
A new international partnership for the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) has further increased its excellent reputation in the education sector.
SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) chairman and International College of Advanced Technology (ICATS) president Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain at th . . . more
Teachers across New Zealand will now have access to a brand new suite of tools and resources to help them teach financial literacy in the classroom.
The FCP toolkit (Financial Capability Progressions toolkit) has been launched to all schools after the Ministry of Education and the Commission identified a need to support schools and teachers with integrating financial capability across the s . . . more
New Zealand is named the world's most socially advanced country, beating the U.S., Australia and other developed nations. Social Progress Imperative, a think-tank based in Washington, has ranked New Zealand as the number one nation out of 130 countries.
New Zealand bested other countries based on 54 social progress indicators including personal rights and freedoms. . . . more
New Zealand and Australian educators agree that digital media skills are essential for employability, says an Adobe study presented at this week’s 9th annual Adobe Education Leadership Forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The ‘Education, Creativity and Employability’ study, conducted in 1531 educators including 498 from Australia and New Zealand, revealed that 68% of educ . . . more
A top Lincoln-based research group says that missing out on $20 million in government funding will put New Zealand's agriculture, horticulture and forestry at risk from biosecurity threats.
The Bio-Protection Research Centre will no longer be funded as a centre of research excellence (CoRE) from the end of 2015, after missing out on the six-yearly funding by the Tertiary Education Commi . . . more
Mindset change needed to boost New Zealanders skill set
Trade or profession? The two are not mutually excusive says a Massey communications specialist concerned at the misconception that young people see themselves as either doers or thinkers.
Professor Frank Sligo, from the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, says almost every modern-day workplace demands of its employee . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today launched a new digital portal for teachers, students and education administrators with Crown-owned company Network for Learning (N4L).
Ms Parata says the Government has invested $211 million in the N4L managed network as a fully funded package for schools and has also tasked the company with developing the . . . more
The New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education is established.
The Gifted Education Centre and Gifted Kids, two long-standing charities, have formally agreed to merge and form one national centre for the delivery of gifted education services, the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education.
The new organistaion will be able to provide a more diverse and customised programme for the Centre . . . more
Four organisations to receive direct industry training funding
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced the first four organisations to receive direct Government funding through the Industry Training Fund direct funding pilot.
“Following a review of industry training in 2011, we have implemented a number of changes to boost perfor . . . more
The latest world rankings demonstrate that New Zealand universities lead the world when it comes to internationalisation.
Times Higher Education has compiled a list of the top international universities based on each university’s international student numbers, its percentage of international staff and the proportion of its research papers published with a co-author from at least one o . . . more
Winning app for NZ’s Kiwa Digital
Kiwa Digital’s multi-lingual digital version of Milly, Molly and the Bike Ride is the winner in the ‘Best Free ICT/App Product’ category at the Gulf Educational Supplier & Solutions (GESS) Exhibition in Dubai, the Middle East’s leading educational trade show.
The Exhibition attracted 300 exhibitors from 60 countri . . . more
New tertiary strategy targets key challenges
Providing more learners with skills that industries need, building international linkages, strengthening research-based learning, and performing better for at-risk groups and second-chance learners, are all part of the new Tertiary Education Strategy released today.
Speaking at the Higher Education Summit in Auckland, Tertiary Education . . . more
Better Information for Parents’ now available
Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the launch of a Ministry of Education project to encourage more families to ‘be involved, get enrolled’ in quality early childhood education (ECE).
The Better Information for Parents project, which is being led by the Ministry’s Early Learning Taskforce, is . . . more
New partner for Bay of Plenty Tertiary Partnership
Waiariki Institute of Technology has joined the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership, heralding a new era of educational collaboration and more opportunities for Bay of Plenty students.
The Tertiary Partnership, which also includes Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and the University of Waikato, provid . . . more
NEW ZEALAND IB DIPLOMA TOP SCHOLARS’ AWARDS CEREMONY
The success of some of New Zealand’s finest young scholars was celebrated at the annual International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Top Scholars’ Awards Ceremony at Government House on Tuesday night.
The ceremony, hosted by His Excellency, Lieutenant General the Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, Governor General of . . . more
New guide to help students reach their full potential
Health Minister Tony Ryall and Education Minister Hekia Parata have today launched a new guide designed to help deliver better health services for secondary school students.
“Evidence shows quality school health services improve student wellbeing – which leads to better learning and helps young New Zealanders . . . more
OTH and Weltec collaborate for research
Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg ("OTH Regensburg") and the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec), announce their collaboration for teaching, research and academic exchange. The deal, the first of its kind for OTH Regensburg in New Zealand, represents a significant commitment by this leadin . . . more
Science in The New Zealand Curriculum:Years 5 to 8
A report released today by the Education Review Office shows that only 27 percent of schools have effective or generally effective science programmes for Years 5 to 8 students. The findings of the report Science in The New Zealand Curriculum: Years 5 to 8 are based on 100 schools reviewed in 2011.
"We are not gi . . . more
A new initiative to encourage Chinese computer science students to study in New Zealand has won funding from the International Education Growth Fund held by Education New Zealand.
The program will see students studying a four-year bachelor of information science at Hebei University of Technology (HEBUT), spending their final year of study at Massey University. Over the first three years . . . more
$465,000 to boost international education
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced the Government will invest $465,000 co-funding a dozen new growth initiatives in the international education industry.
Successful recipients of the second round of International Education Growth Fund (IEGF) grants include Massey University, which is developing . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the establishment of a Taskforce that will free up schools to focus more on raising student achievement, and identify regulations that are obstructing this.
The Taskforce is part of the Government’s confidence and supply arrangement between the National and Act parties, who are working together to identify significant improvements . . . more
The Skills Organisation and NorthTec join forces
The Skills Organisation and NorthTec have joined forces to increase training options for Northland, starting with training for the region’s electrical apprentices.
The Skills Organisation is among New Zealand’s largest Industry Training Organisation (ITOs). It represents 20 different industries, including 11 specialist trad . . . more
Focus on excellence, more options for students drives Lincoln University/Aoraki Polytechnic partnership
Two of the country’s best known primary industries and land-based tertiary education providers are pooling resources and expertise under a new arrangement.
Under the new Collaborative Relationship Agreement, Lincoln University and Aoraki Polytechnic will bring to . . . more
Mâori & Pasifika Trades Training scales up
The Government today announced the first seven groups selected for the expansion of the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training initiative.
The joint initiative between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Tertiary Education Commission was announced in Budget 2013 and provides $43 million in funding over . . . more
PM’s Youth Programme making positive changes in lives of young people
Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye joined Prime Minister John Key at a dinner last night to celebrate young participants of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Youth Programme.
The annual programme, which is now in its fifth year, involves up to 100 young people aged 14 - 17 years in Auckland. They have been re . . . more
PM announces $359m education investment
Prime Minister John Key today announced the National-led Government will invest an extra $359 million over the next four years to lift the achievement of New Zealand students at school.
In his first speech of the year, Mr Key says the country is moving in the right direction, with the economy projected to grow faster than most other develope . . . more
2014 Occupation Outlook report launched
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today released the 2014 Occupation Outlook report, a comprehensive overview of job demand, likely incomes, and training requirements for 50 different career options across New Zealand.
“The Occupation Outlook is designed to be one of the first places for young people and t . . . more
2014 starts with simpler training system for NZ
2014 will start with a much simpler vocational training system that is easy to navigate for employers, trainees and educators, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
“Four years ago we had a highly complicated vocational training system in New Zealand with a total of 39 separate industry training . . . more
Google and Microsoft are taking steps to make it harder and harder for child porn content, images and videos to be found on their respective search engines.
Both companies have revealed details of a new plan that will see restrictions immediately applied across English-speaking countries, with the rest of the world and 158 other languages in the next six months.
A new breakth . . . more
New Zealand enters Indian education market, to open pre-school in Chennai
Education New Zealand, the government agency to promote and market the country’s education overseas, is getting active in the Indian market. New Zealand-based not-for-profit organization Core Education in collaboration with education services provider Sun Global Services is opening the first . . . more
New Zealand has become one of the most favourable destinations for education for Indian students in the last few years. "Last year 11,349 Indian students took admissions in New Zealand's educational institutions contributing NZ $250 million to the economy. The numbers are expected to increase by 5-7 percent this year", said Ziena Jalil, regional director for south Asia, Educ . . . more
Dick Smith partners with 2020 Trust to help tackle New Zealand’s digital divide
Dick Smith has announced a new sponsorship for the 2020 Communications Trust’s Computers in Homes programme. The announcement was made in Christchurch today by Micah Gamman, Director for Dick Smith in New Zealand.
Part of the sponsorship includes new laptop computers for DORA, the Trust’s m . . . more
AUT first New Zealand university to partner with ANZBC
AUT University and the ASEAN (Association of South East Asia Nations) New Zealand Business Council (ANZBC) announced a partnership last night at a formal reception held at AUT. This partnership is the first of its kind between a business council and a university in New Zealand.
“AUT promotes itself as ‘the university for . . . more
New Zealand's educational ranking has fallen, according to the latest Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report.
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report released overnight compares the performance of just over half a million 15-year-olds from 65 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.
It shows that w . . . more
Positive behaviour initiative is raising achievement
Education Minister Hekia Parata is pleased with a recent report showing a programme to address problem behaviour in schools is getting positive results for students across New Zealand.
“In Budget 2013, this Government invested a further $63.5 million over four years to the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) initi . . . more
Tool for Parents to Keep Kids Safe
KidsGoMobile, a Wellington startup company's objective is to make the digital world safer for kids. They have developed a software tool for parents to help keep their kids safe. This software aims to support digital parenting. New technology is beeing used by kids at an ever increasing younger age. Being able to access the internet from anywhere . . . more
New construction school for Wellington
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced that the Wellington Institute of Technology and Whitireia New Zealand will be investing $13.6 million in a new Regional School of Construction for Wellington.
Speaking at the launch of the Construction Sector Report at WelTec, Mr Joyce said the new initiative will . . . more
Green light for schools as digital community hubs
Schools with ultra-fast broadband will soon be able to share their fibre connections with their local communities, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye said today.
“In communities with poor connectivity, typically rural or remote areas, schools will be able to make their fibre infrastructure available to the wider co . . . more
Children affected by bullying and other social issues highlight need for greater parent support
This news release from Canterbury University there is a greater need for parent support in New Zealand to deal with bullying, child abuse and the other social issues such as drugs and alcohol education expert says.
Bullying, child abuse and the other social issues such as drugs and alcohol, h . . . more
Tertiary Education Minister supports student voice
Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce endorsed the importance of an active student voice to institutions in the tertiary education sector when he opened the 2013 Congress of the NZ Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) today.
“It is important to have a student voice and for universiti . . . more
New professional body for teaching and educational leadership
Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced proposals for the new body for educational professionals in the early learning and school sectors.
“This has been a three year process of development, drawing on international experience, with widespread consultation beginning in 2010 with the Education Workforce Adv . . . more
Reboot signs up 8000 new apprentices
The Government’s apprenticeship re-boot has already signed up 8000 new apprentices since March says Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister, Steven Joyce.
The Apprenticeship Reboot was announced in January by Prime Minister John Key, as part of an overhaul of the apprenticeship scheme to get more apprentices qualified and more . . . more
Today Microsoft announces their Student Advantage programme, which will help ensure all students at New Zealand schools and academic institutions have access to the productivity tools used in most New Zealand workplaces, before they enter the workforce.
Beginning 1 December 2013, every state and integrated school, and tertiary provider in New Zealand that licenses Office for staff and facul . . . more
Changes to attract more international students to NZ
The Government has announced a package of new initiatives to encourage further growth in New Zealand's $2.6 billion international education sector.
Changes will make it easier for some international students to work during their studies and allow streamlined visa processing in partnership with selected high quality education . . . more
More tertiary students studying at higher levels
The latest report on enrolment data from the Ministry of Education shows more New Zealand tertiary students are studying at higher levels, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
The report, Tertiary Education Enrolments 2012, shows a continuing increase in the number of students enrolling in degree and . . . more
The greatest asset in New Zealand’s education system is teachers. Teacher salaries make up the bulk of education spend, and teachers are the most important factor for student achievement and development. Thus New Zealand must design policies that attract the best and brightest into the teaching profession, and design attractive career structures so that teachers can develop their full pot . . . more
The University of Auckland, New Zealand’s leading tertiary institution is to offer free online courses open to students around the world.
In the initiative announced this week, the University will partner with FutureLearn, a UK-based consortium founded by the Open University to develop and deliver Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
The University of Auckland brings the number of . . . more
Changes proposed to strengthen university & wānanga governance
Proposed changes to university councils will help New Zealand universities remain internationally competitive, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says.
“New Zealand universities have been performing very well in a world context, with all eight of our universities now listed in the Top . . . more