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Life-changing opportunity for Woolf Fisher scholars

20 September 2017 | media

Caption: Chairman of the Woolf Fisher Trust, Sir Noel Robinson with the Woolf Fisher Scholars for 2018 from left: Josh Brian, Oliver Hailes and Nat Walker-Hale.Three outstanding young New...

Inaugural Critic and Conscience Award to environmental “crusader”

13 September 2017 | media

Massey University academic Dr Mike Joy has been presented with the inaugural Critic and Conscience of Society Award for his work in drawing attention to the issue of water quality in New Zealand’s...

Thinking about university? A guide for students, parents and whānau

31 August 2017 | publications

Welcome to our new publication, Thinking about university? A guide for students and their families and whānau.It has been collated by Universities New Zealand, on behalf of all eight universities....

UNZ cautions about potential for misuse of national earnings data

30 August 2017 | media

Universities New Zealand welcomes the release of data to guide student choices around study and career options, but is worried about the likelihood that the data might mislead or confuse current or...

Government responds to the Productivity Commission

10 August 2017 | news

After receiving a “revise and resubmit” on last year’s draft, the Government gave the Productivity Commission’s final report on “New Models of Tertiary Education” a just-passing grade, agreeing...

The links between research and teaching

10 August 2017 | news

A defining characteristic of New Zealand universities is the statutory requirement that requires degrees to be taught mainly by people engaged in research.This discussion asks how and why teaching...

University education changes lives, increases social capital

10 August 2017 | news

 New research has found that a university education is associated with a wide range of benefits for Māori and Pacific graduates, their families and communities, including reducing labour market...

Read the latest news from Universities NZ - August 2017 newsletter

10 August 2017 | publications

Read our August newsletter here

From the Chair: Brave new careers world?

10 August 2017 | news

Students, schools and those retraining need to be better served by our careers system than the current mishmash of overlapping and inconsistent initiatives offered by a range of government agencies...

SMEs value university research and graduates

10 August 2017 | news

University research makes a positive contribution to New Zealand businesses according to a recent survey of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) commissioned by Universities New Zealand.In a...

What parents overwhelmingly want for their children

10 August 2017 | news

New Zealand parents overwhelmingly want their children to go to university.That’s the key finding from a recent survey commissioned by Universities New Zealand of 1,000 parents of children aged 11...

Strong endorsement for CUAP

10 August 2017 | news

A recent independent review has strongly endorsed the quality assurance system for university academic programmes and qualifications and found the system is working well for New Zealand and New...

Strong endorsement for NZ university academic standards

20 July 2017 | media

An independent review released today has strongly endorsed the quality assurance system that sits across all New Zealand university academic programmes and qualifications.The review was carried out...

Report of the 2017 Review of the Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP)

20 July 2017 | publications

 Report of the 2017 Review of the Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP) undertaken by the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities (AQA), July 2017.Universities New Zealand...

Universities NZ Submission Education (Tertiary Education) Amendment Bill

28 June 2017 | submissions

Universities New Zealand presented its submission to the Education and Science Select Committee on the Education (Tertiary Education) Amendment Bill today.We support the majority of changes in the...

10 facts about New Zealand universities

23 June 2017 | news

How well do you know New Zealand’s university sector? Here are 10 facts that might surprise you:1.   Universities are at the forefront of health research in New ZealandUniversities were awarded...

Degrees of freedom

23 June 2017 | news

What do Finance Ministers Bill English and Michael Cullen have in common?  Both have post-graduate Arts degrees. MPs enjoyed lively debate at a recent Select Committee meeting on the use of...

University rankings - why do they matter?

23 June 2017 | news

Love them or hate them, world university rankings are now the higher education version of Trip Advisor, pivotal to universities’ international standing.  So why do they matter so much?  And how...

Read the latest news from Universities NZ - June 2017 newsletter

23 June 2017 | publications

Read our June Newsletter here

From the Chair: Who can call themselves a university and does it really matter?

23 June 2017 | news

 Mitt Romney recently described Donald Trump’s promises being “as worthless as a degree from Trump University”. The potential to have a Trump University scenario here in New Zealand has increased....

UNZ welcomes first Health Research Strategy

22 June 2017 | media

 By 2020 New Zealand will be investing over $120 million annually in health research so it’s critical the Health Research Strategy released today has the greatest impact possible.Chris Whelan,...

FMB Reynolds Law Scholarship awarded to Alison Chamberlain

31 May 2017 | media

 Auckland solicitor Alison Chamberlain has been awarded the 2017 FMB Reynolds Scholarship in Law which will see her carrying our post-graduate study towards a Bachelor of Civil Law at the...

Talented young musicians awarded Patricia Pratt Scholarships

31 May 2017 | media

 Pianist Bradley Wood, percussionist Sam Rich and soprano Maddie Nonoa-Horsefield have been awarded 2017 Patricia Pratt Scholarships in Musical Performance enabling them to continue their...

No real commitment to great universities - Budget 2017

25 May 2017 | media

 Vice-Chancellors say that while the government has invested heavily in some aspects of New Zealand’s future it is yet to show a commitment to creating the great universities that will be central...

Universities generate $19.95 billion in regions

15 May 2017 | media

New research shows that New Zealand’s universities contribute up to $19.95 billion to the regions where they are located and individually drive between 1.6% and 6.5% of regional GDP.Chris Whelan,...