Institutes of Technology / Polytechnics


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    Overhaul of careers system announced

    The government today announced changes to New Zealand's careers sector that will support students to think about their tertiary education and future employment earlier.

September 2017

June 2017

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    Tertiary education: what needs to change?

    Education Review asked a handful of leaders from different corners of New Zealand’s tertiary education sector which aspects of post-school education policy they think are most important for any future government to address and why.

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    Forging better connections between secondary schools and higher education

    We are starting to think of education as more of a continuum, rather than segmented into separate stages. An increasing number of partnerships between secondary schools and tertiary education organisations have emerged in the last decade, signalling a more integrated and connected system. Here, Education Review looks at a recent example of secondary-tertiary collaboration. ara institute

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    Tackling literacy in the workplace

    By helping workplaces address their literacy and numeracy issues, the Skills Highway initiative is improving the working and personal lives of many employees, as well as boosting productivity and performance for their employers.

April 2017

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    Education Ministers in waiting

    Education Review editor JUDE BARBACK catches up with Nikki Kaye, who is tipped to become Education Minister in May, and Labour’s education spokesperson Chris Hipkins about what the future holds for New Zealand education.

October 2016

August 2016

February 2016

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    VET: no longer the poor relation

    JUDE BARBACK talks to global Vocational Education and Training (VET) experts about why VET is starting to take centre stage.

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    Rock ’n’ role model

    Villainy drummer DAVE JOHNSTON also works as an industry liaison and marketing coordinator at SAE in Auckland, connecting students with companies in the creative industry through internships and work placements.

October 2015

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    Research and the real world

    Internship programmes for postgraduate students align with New Zealand’s tertiary education strategy as they help connect the dots between postgraduate education and the workplace. Yet where is the funding to support such initiatives? JUDE BARBACK investigates.

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    3MT the rise of the three-minute thesis

    Education Review looks at the background of the flourishing academic competition that challenges postgraduates to present their research in just three minutes.

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    Research funding – spoilt for choice?

    Tertiary sector research manager STEPHEN COX understands the difficulties that universities and institutes of technology face in finding appropriate external research funding opportunities. 

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    In search of (more) excellent tertiary teachers

    Ako Aotearoa’s JILL TANNER-LLOYD looks at what attributes are shared by the recipients of this year’s top national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards (TTEAs) in an effort to define what makes an excellent tertiary teacher.

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    Make way for the new ICT Graduate Schools

    As the Government’s three new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Graduate Schools start to take shape, Education Review finds out more about the role they will play in helping to boost New Zealand’s technology industry.

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    New Zealand’s best interests at the CoRE

    Education Review discovers a new Centre of Research Excellence tackling some big research issues for the benefit of New Zealand.

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    Striving to make a difference

    Education Review discovers some inspirational Māori and Pasifika education students and graduates from around the country.

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    Meet the Metros

    Education Review looks at how collaboration between six of New Zealand’s largest institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) is strengthening tertiary education links with industry and government at the same time as helping growing businesses tap into the group’s collective expertise.

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    Right here right now: the pressure to deliver on-demand learning

    JUDE BARBACK talks to Polycom’s Elaine Shuck about the pressure tertiary education organisations face to deliver flexible, on-demand learning options to their students.

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    Emerging from The Mind Lab

    Kristin School teacher, NATHAN CALVERT was among the first 130 teachers to undertake The Mind Lab by Unitec’s Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning). He was named as the winner of the NEXT Foundation Expert Teacher Award. Here, Education Review asks him about the award, the course and the future.

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    The ICT edge how MBAs can add value

    MBA graduates are becoming increasingly proficient in understanding how to leverage technology for the benefit of New Zealand business

  • Aotearoa: how does it rate for international students?

    Two surveys of international students in New Zealand give an insight into what influences their decision-making – information that can be helpful to tertiary education organisations.

October 2014

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    Getting to the CoRE of Māori research

    The Tertiary Education Commission’s decision to cease Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga’s funding prompted an outcry. JUDE BARBACK investigates allegations that the funding process was flawed and explores what the future holds for Māori-led research.

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    Overcoming the odds

    Education Review finds a number of inspiring postgraduate students who despite difficult personal circumstances ranging from siblings with schizophrenia, to financial hardship, to a previous lack of engagement with education, are now well on their way to achieving their academic goals.

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    Are teaching-only universities the way of the future?

    The Australian government has recently put into Parliament a suite of potential changes to the higher education (HE) landscape that has generated a conversation about teaching-only universities across the Tasman.

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    The Postgrad Calendar

    Education Review finds a number of inspiring events for postgraduate researchers taking place at New Zealand institutions throughout the year

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    Nano Degrees: friend or foe of the traditional degree?

    An online course model that is hyped as being focused, affordable, succinct and accessible is touted as the next big alternative to conventional tertiary qualifications. However, JUDE BARBACK suggests the NanoDegree could co-exist with the traditional degree instead.

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    Six degrees of fascination

    Education Review talks to institutions about their new course offerings for 2015 and 2016, and discovers some exciting programmes on the menu.

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    Note sharing: cheating the system or yourself?

    JUDE BARBACK looks at the rise of note-sharing sites and the tenuous legal and ethical questions they raise for universities.

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    Ask the experts: top tips for research students

     Education Review asked institutions from all over New Zealand to impart their best advice for students about to embark on their first research project.

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    Selecting your research supervisor … it’s your choice!

    Dr CHRISTOPHER THEUNISSEN of Manukau Institute of Technology says selecting the right supervisor is an important decision for any research project.

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    Lack of support, disinterest, and high costs: perceived barriers to higher education

    JUDE BARBACK considers the findings of a recent survey that reveal high costs, lack of support and lack of interest as deterrents to pursuing tertiary education in New Zealand. 

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    Achieving a work-life-study balance

    DR CHRISTOPHER THEUNISSEN discusses how a supported distance teaching and learning model can help ensure student success in a time poor environment.

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    A pattern for success

    Fifteen fashion students prepare to depart for India to take part in a unique international fashion education project.

June 2014

May 2014

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    New publications showcase excellence in tertiary teaching

    JILL TANNER-LLOYD and DR PETER COOLBEAR introduce the new teaching excellence publications developed by Ako Aotearoa’s Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence. They explain how the two-volume set captures the essence of New Zealand’s top tertiary teachers and their practice, and how these publications can support reflective practice for others wanting to add further value for their learners.

November 2013

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    Privacy in the cloud

    ‘Cloud’ computing is rapidly becoming more than just another buzzword in our digital lives. The expected paradigm shift has implications for schools that are not yet fully understood, and with data integrity on everyone’s mind these days, Education Review, looks at exactly where the buck stops.

September 2013

July 2013

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    Taking Kiwi culture to the world

    Education Review talks to Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard and  Scott Wilson, two New Zealand Fulbright Scholars currently in the United States teaching about their cultural passions of Maori art and New Zealand cinema respectively.

January 2013

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    Careers education at a crossroads

    As schools eagerly await the outcome of last year’s CIAGE (Careers Information, Advice, Guidance and Education) review and what changes it might bring, Education Review takes a look at what tools and services are currently paving the way for students.

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    NCEA vs other systems: the downside of picking sides

    The 10th anniversary of NCEA reveals there is still division in the ranks, with many elite schools offering alternative options for students.

December 2012

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    Town & Gown

    COLIN BASS looks at the important relationship between industry and higher education and the example being set by AUT.

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    Failure to launch: postgraduate initial teacher education

    The Ministry of Education’s welcome u-turn in June on its policies concerning class sizes and teacher cuts had a knock-on effect for the proposal to move initial teacher education to postgraduate-level. Now confusion reigns among providers and prospecti

October 2012

  • Multi-pronged boost for R&D

    The new Advanced Technology Institute. The hefty 2012 Technology Development Grant. The 70 postgraduate internships. The business incubator grants to young technology companies. All government initiatives launched in an effort to boost R&D in New Zealand.

  • Outrage over student allowance changes

    The Government’s intention to remove eligibility for student allowances for postgraduate students has sparked an uproar among postgraduate students across New Zealand.

  • A glimpse into the world of research

    Education Review looks at research in its many guises.

  • The focus of CPIT's research month: Practical research solutions

    CPIT’s research month in August highlighted the institute’s focus on practical research that can be applied in workplace settings across a range of sectors.

  • PostGrad profiles

    Education Review finds out what postgraduate students from universities, polytechnics, wananga, and private training establishments from all around New Zealand are up to.

  • Does a masters mean more money?

    JUDE BARBACK takes a closer look at whether postgraduate qualifications really increase students’ earning potential when they join the workforce.

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    The Australian experience

    DIANE MAYER looks at the challenges with teacher education programmes in Australia.

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    Is the move to postgrad ITE any more than just a money grab?

    Teachers Council director, PETER LIND says we need to consider the international research first.

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    ITE issues sure to spark debate

    As the sector gears up for a major teacher education conference next month, experts give their opinions on some of the key issues facing initial teacher education in New Zealand. JOHN O’NELL says there are four key issues that constitute a major crisis

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    Supporting New Zealand's dairy future

    JUDE BARBACK takes a look at some of the key teaching and research institutions propping up New Zealand’s evolving and prolific dairy industry.

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    Celebrating our best tertiary teachers

    PETER COOLBEAR reflects on this year’s national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards – exploring how these exemplars of great teaching and learning can enhance the tertiary teaching profession in Aotearoa New Zealand.

September 2012

  • Global reach of tertiary schools of education

    Education Review looks at the different ways schools of education at various tertiary institutions are utilising their links with educators and institutions from other countries.

  • Pathway of the poor

    JUDE BARBACK talks to Australian expert, Dr John Polesel, about the need for quality, structured, and well-resourced vocational education and training programmes at secondary schools.

February 2012

  • Codes of practice

    PETER COOLBEAR analyses the implications of codes of practice for domestic tertiary students.

December 2011

  • Common philosophy, shared goals

    New Zealand’s Open Polytechnic and India’s National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) are undertaking an exciting new collaboration.

  • Next on the agenda for ESOL

    MARTY PILOTT outlines the tentative plans for the allocation of the delivery of ESOL to the 700 new places announced in the 2011 budget.

  • Export education is finally centre stage

    MICHELLE WAITZMAN looks at how the new Crown agency dedicated to export education came to fruition and what it aims to achieve.

  • Global Plus

    Education Review talks to a school, a university, an ITP and a PTE about the benefits international students bring to their institution.

  • Tightening the rules

    Education Review considers the recent immigration changes aimed at strengthening export education.

June 2010

  • Fact factory is not science

    Studying science at a tertiary level should enhance learners’ abilities to think, act and engage with science as a scientist

  • Safety in the city

    An international student safety DVD was launched recently by the Auckland City Council.

  • Australian enrolments plummet

    Media reports are tracking the impact of tightened immigration rules on international enrolments

  • Private providers need to step up

    GEOFF VAUSE notes some of the initiatives coming from government, and underlines the need for the whole export education sector to build on the achievements

  • Pilot project measures student engagement

    Ako Aotearoa’s PETER COOLBEAR, and HAMISH COATES of the Australian Council for Educational Research are adapting a student engagement survey tool for the tertiary sector

March 2010

  • Blurring secondary-tertiary boundaries

    It’s the school that is not a school – the tertiary high school. JOHN GERRITSEN reports

  • Opportunity knocks

    The government’s Youth Opportunities suite of initiatives promises better things for young people. But could it also be the start of a sea change for secondary schooling in this country? JOHN GERRITSEN reports

March 2011

  • Analysing tertiary spending - Bucks and bangs ...

    The government applied $4.3 billion in operating expenditure to providers and students in the tertiary sector in 2009. About a quarter of that was spent on supporting students through loans and allowances.

  • Who’s who?

    Associations, unions and more – here’s a brief guide to the education sector.

  • Shooting stars

    Bang goes your career? Some things you might want to know about winning a national teaching award.