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
The Government today announced further expansion of the Māori & Pasifika Trades Training initiative with the selection of three new consortia to join the scheme.
The three join 12 providers already chosen to assist young Māori and Pasifika people to gain qualifications, New Zealand apprenticeships and employment in trades that are in demand across the count . . . more
Since digital marketing took off like a wildfire, online ads and in-app purchases have caused parents headaches. Children are able to make in-app purchases and opt-in to marketing campaigns without their parents’ knowledge or permission, a scenario that has made its way into the news on countless occasions. One startup aims to curb this issue. . . . more
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