School is back and the homework battle is about to begin. But before the first meltdown know this - most primary-aged Kiwi kids only do 15 minutes a night and experts believe there are better ways to learn than endless worksheets. . . . more
The latest student visa dashboards released today shows 2015 has been another strong year for the international education industry – a total of 91,062 student visas were approved, a 13%, or 10,407, increase in approved visas on 2014. . . . more
Increasing costs of education are putting a strain on families, with a new study showing education costs in New Zealand are escalating, with the possibility of schooling costing families more than $300,000. . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed a report which shows apprentice numbers and completion rates are both up . . . more
Microsoft is creating a new version of Minecraft that’s being purpose-built for use in schools.Minecraft: Education Edition will expand upon classroom-oriented modMinecraftEdu (which Microsoft has purchased), and will be available as a free trial this coming winter . . . more
There has been a lot written about how technology is changing the classroom and learning environment for students. So, what’s needed to upskill our educators to ensure they have the tools and knowledge required to thrive within this new technology driven learning paradigm? . . . more
New Zealand has launched a pilot programme that will enable international students to study for up to three consecutive study programmes under a single, five-year pathway visa. Auckland Grammar School is one of the schools selected for the 18-month pilot of New Zealand's pathway visa.
“Pathway student visas are an important initiative that will help us double the value of international educati . . . more
Working closely with particular industries where there are not enough trained New Zealanders to fill the skill needs of that industry. This programme will provide young Kiwis with opportunities to get a careers in one of New Zealand’s most important industries.” . . . more
The Government intends to build and maintain six new schools around New Zealand using a public private partnership (PPP), . . . more
A brand new Trades Academy will open in Southland next year, meaning secondary school students in every region of the country will now have the opportunity to gain practical skills while studying towards NCEA credits and tertiary qualifications, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata announced. . . . more
The Government has given funding approval for a 20 per cent increase in the number of veterinarians New Zealand can produce to meet growing national and international demand from the agrifood sector. . . . more
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Louise Upston have welcomed the announcement today of a new tourism and hospitality college that will open in Northland early next year . . . more
Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium has put the call out to budding young filmmakers across Auckland to produce their latest television advertisment. . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has announced changes to the Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Fund which will see more workers be able to access training. . . . more
Scholarships are a great way of keeping costs down and gaining academic profile.
Jade Leung left Auckland University with zero debt. That's thanks mostly to the large number of scholarships the engineering student applied for and won.
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Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce has today signed a new education partnership with Viet Nam. Prime Minister John Key and Viet Nam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung witnessed the signing of the New Zealand/Viet Nam Strategic Engagement Plan on Education in Hanoi today. . . . more
Education New Zealand (ENZ) has launched new website pages and rolled out a number of improvements as part of its aim to deliver meaningful content to prospective students and their parents. . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today announced that Aoraki Polytechnic will merge with Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) to create a new larger tertiary institution that will provide Canterbury-wide access to high quality 21st century vocational education . . . more
The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Steven Joyce, has today announced that some tertiary providers and Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) running courses in high demand will be given increased flexibility to grow their student numbers without waiting for annual or bi-annual funding approval from the Tertiary Education Commission. . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce announced that the Government will be investing an additional $2.76 million into initiatives to boost the international education industry in regional New Zealand, and help develop new international markets. . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata today launched an OECD report on innovative learning systems at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Paris headquarters. . . . more
For the first time trainee teachers are to be offered the opportunity to earn post-graduate qualifications in Māori medium and Early Childhood Education (ECE) teaching, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced. . . . more
New Zealand will partner with Australia in a trans-Tasman education project exploring how innovative learning environments can enhance teaching, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. . . . more
There is a changing paradigm in recruitment and people development – where employers are hiring based on workplace culture and innovative thinking over IQ scores and university grades, says AbsoluteI . . . more
Google’s Cardboard is the closest you can get to Virtual Reality without making a hole in your pocket. And Google wants everyone to experience Virtual Reality, especially students, who take the most interest in upcoming technology, and Virtual Reality is the next big thing that looks about to go commercial in a big way . . . more
Businesses may be placing less importance on university degrees than in previous years but employees with tertiary education still earn more on average than those that don't, according to research by recruitment company absoluteIT. . . . more
More young people will have the opportunity to combine study and practical experience with 940 additional places in Trades Academies, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. . . . more
Changes to the way professional learning and development (PLD) is delivered to teachers will lift student achievement, says Education Minister Hekia Parata. . . . more
The Victoria University of Wellington has released a new programme targeted at bullying in New Zealand schools.The tertiary institute says Accent Learning, a subsidiary of Victoria, is aiming to increase the number of New Zealand schools utilising KiVa—an anti-bullying programme from Finland, which it says is yielding impressive results in an increasing number of countries. . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today announced that from 2017 all Universities, Wānanga and Polytechnics will be required to publish information about the employment status and earnings of their graduates broken down by specific degrees and diplomas. . . . more
When slate was replaced by paper there was a public outcry. Many complained that paper and pencils were too expensive, and that they would ruin children’s writing skills. Sound familiar?
Progress within education is not a new dilemma, and has been discussed for generations. But why is technology still a bone of contention? By its nature, it moves on while schools can be notoriously conservative . . . more
Youth who have dropped out of school will have the opportunity to attend alternative education through the Te Arawa Lakes Trust.
A one-year education programme by the Trust aims to build up the confidence of youth who have left school with no qualification . . . more
Clearly, this won’t be realised overnight but NZQA has been trialling new processes and technologies with schools so that we can understand more about what works and what might be possible. . . . more
"The NCEA Guide App is proving valuable in helping parents understand NCEA, and what their children are studying at school. Extending its reach into four Pasifika languages will increase its usefulness and align with the brochures and videos we produce in the same languages." . . . more
Tertiary Education Organisations have increased achievement rates across all sectors, particularly in course and qualification rates for students at Youth Guarantee Providers, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce announced today. . . . more
"New Zealand has emerged as a new destination for Indian students who want to study abroad and over 20,000 Indians studied at New Zealand campuses in 2014, an increase of 67 per cent than the earlier year" Morton said.
"New Zealand provides quality education in a safe and welcoming environment with a range of lifestyle and recreation options for students. The focus of our education system on exce . . . more
A new initiative has been launched to give our schools stronger representation in the international education sector. Education Gazette talks to SIEBA’s interim executive director John van der Zwan about his hopes for the new association. . . . more
With worldwide shortages of over 42,500 officers expected by 2019, the New Zealand maritime industry will focus firmly on education and training for “NZ Careers at Sea” to celebrate World Maritime Day (Thurs, Sept 24). . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today confirmed that more than 230 new classrooms are on-track to be delivered over the next 18 months to help meet increasing rolls in Auckland. . . . more
Intueri Education Group [NZX: IQE], New Zealand's largest private training college, has agreed to buy the New Zealand Institute of Sport for $19.3 million to give it significant scale in the sports and complementary health sector . . . more
The New Zealand University Guide is a must read for any New Zealand secondary school student looking to study at a New Zealand university in the near future. It provides a comprehensive overview of each university in New Zealand and a clear pathway for individuals to be able to choose a compatible subject, find the right programme and apply to the most suitable university. . . . more
Once again the universities are the big winners in the Budget. Unfortunately, despite international research increasingly pointing to the value of workplace training and apprenticeships, the 2015 Budget failed to increase the inflation-adjusted rate at which the Government funds industry-based skills training. This needs to change. . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today announced the successful hosts of the first two new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Graduate Schools to be established in Auckland and Christchurch. . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today launched two new tools to help lift numeracy and literacy. . . . more
The Ministry of Education has launched it’s new website www.education.govt.nz. It’s the new website for the Ministry of Education and replaces their 3 main websites: . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the successful applicants for a new $10 million fund to encourage innovative teaching practices. . . . more
New Zealand’s teaching profession is amongst the most highly trained, best qualified, and most experienced in the world, Education Minister Hekia Parata says. . . . more
Auckland is to host a major international education event in November, says Education Minister Hekia Parata. . . . more
New Zealand schools wanting to boost the performance of international education in their sector have formed a new nationwide organisation to drive the effort. . . . more
A historic agreement cementing in place the construction of a $40 million university campus for Tauranga has been hailed as the start of a new journey of economic development for the city.
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Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) will receive a funding boost from Central Government to support ecotourism short courses across China. . . . more
The University of Auckland’s Starpath Project has welcomed an OECD report that acknowledges New Zealand’s education success, but highlights the need to address educational inequality.The University of Auckland’s Starpath Project has welcomed an OECD report that acknowledges New Zealand’s education success, but highlights the need to address educational inequality. . . . more
The number of international students enrolled to study in New Zealand grew 13 per cent last year, the highest level since 2004, says Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce. . . . more
A teacher shortage may be on the horizon with gaps already appearing in the maths and science fields, and a lack of desire from teachers to step into middle management as older workers retire. . . . more
Twelve Massey University students will travel to China later this year to collaborate with Chinese students in a sustainable fashion initiative. . . . more
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced the successful applicants for the $1 million Unlocking Curious Minds Contestable fund.
“The Unlocking Curious Minds pilot fund is an important step towards engaging more New Zealanders to learn about science, particularly our young people" . . . more
Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the development of new measures of educational success to be used for both internal and external evaluation of schools. . . . more
Unsurprisingly, Europe dominates the global league table for skills and education holding seven of the 10 top places. New Zealand and Japan are the only Asia and Pacific countries in the global top 10. In New Zealand they have youth unemployment below 5% and 90% of workers are in medium – or – high – skill jobs. . . . more
Budget 2015 will provide a further $112.3 million of operating funding over four years and $1 million of capital funding to invest in knowledge and skills to grow New Zealand’s economy, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce says. . . . more
When the New Zealand government established Network for Learning Ltd, or N4L, it set the company two big tasks: get schools connected to fibre and get them using it effectively. . . . more
When it comes to reaching a Chinese audience with your marketing, it is hard to look past the rapidly growing mobile text and voice messaging app, WeChat. WeChat has become a default social networking tool for Chinese users. . . . more
Four more Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) have been selected by the Tertiary Education Commission at the end of the second round of CoREs funding. . . . more
ENZ - Kea partnership targets alumni
International education agency Education New Zealand has announced a new partnership with Kea, a global community of more than 600,000 expatriate New Zealanders and friends of New Zealand around the world.
Through the partnership Kea will welcome international students and New Zealand-educated alumni into Kea’s community of Kiwis and friends of New . . . more
The growing need to internationalise the world’s universities to properly equip today’s students for our globalised world was highlighted by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce at the FAUBAI international education conference in Cuiabá, Brazil, today. . . . more
Nearly half of Kiwis who want schoolchildren to learn a foreign language pick Chinese as the language to learn, according to a survey.
Eight in 10 New Zealanders told researchers for an Asia New Zealand Foundation study that schoolchildren should learn languages other than English. Nearly half of those, or 49 per cent, said students should learn Mandarin. . . . more
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced New Zealand has been chosen as the preferred destination to host secondary school students from Chile on the Chilean Government’s scholarship scheme ‘Penguins Without Borders’. . . . more
Bud-E Digital was founded in 2014 by directors Chris Bulman, Jill Eggleton and Tracy Strudley. Between them, they have many years of experience in the fields of education, publishing and technology. Jill Eggleton is an author of more than 800 children’s books and has spoken at many international reading conferences. . . . more
The Schools International Education Business Association of New Zealand (SIEBA), established by international education providers from the school sector, is now open for business. . . . more
A new training consortium to encourage young Maori and Pasifika in the Bay of Plenty to become qualified in trades was announced by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce earlier this week. . . . more
Twenty schools across New Zealand have received NZ$50,000 in total to strengthen their Chinese sister school relationships, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce announced today.
Mr Joyce is in Shanghai to foster ties between the two countries’ marine, education and technology sectors. . . . more