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Emeritus Professor Stuart McCutcheon (1955–2023)

13 January 2023 | news

Emeritus Professor Stuart McCutcheon, who died on 6 January aged 68, was a highly valued and hugely respected member of the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee for nearly 20 years, four of the...

From the Chair: The need for universities only grows, but not funding

15 December 2022 | news

By Professor Jan Thomas Vice-Chancellor, Massey University Chair of the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee When I began my two-year term as Chair of Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara i...

Between a rock and a hard place

15 December 2022 | news

By Chris WhelanChief ExecutiveUniversities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara The annual reports of all universities showed a surplus last year. Yet all are also saying they can’t lift salaries for their...

Wānanga an important milestone for Māori academic career development programme

15 December 2022 | news

“Te Kei makes us look out from our silos and see the rest of the uni world and what that offers us and where we sit within it. This then reminds us who we are, what we have achieved, what we can a...

Universities look forward to contributing to research sector White Paper reforms

07 December 2022 | news

As trainers of most of the country’s researchers and home to nearly 60% of them, New Zealand’s eight universities expect to be key contributors to the major overhaul of the research, science and i...

Bilateral forum reaffirms universities’ close ties with Viet Nam

05 December 2022 | news

New Zealand’s eight universities have welcomed today’s Viet Nam – New Zealand Education Forum hosted at The University of Waikato as an opportunity to reaffirm and strengthen the sector’s longstan...

$50,000 Critic and Conscience of Society Award 2023 opens for applications

14 November 2022 | news

New Zealand university academics who excel at keeping the public informed with their expert commentary could receive a $50,000 grant as the 2023 Critic and Conscience of Society Award opens for ap...

NZ-China forum reaffirms commitment to higher education relationship

11 November 2022 | news

Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara (UNZ) and the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) yesterday co-hosted a successful sustainability-themed forum to reaffirm the...

Future human rights, climate action and healthcare leaders recognised by Rhodes Scholarships

04 November 2022 | news

The Rhodes Scholarship’s long history of identifying and developing future leaders in their fields continues with New Zealand’s 2022 recipients set to leave their mark on human rights, climate act...

Judith Clark Memorial Fellowships support musicians to up the tempo overseas

01 November 2022 | news

Three outstanding musicians have received a Judith Clark Memorial Fellowship to help them travel overseas to audition for internationally renowned postgraduate courses. Larissa Kent (pictured left...

New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee Financial Statements 2022

25 October 2022 | publications

These are the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2022.

Bright futures ahead for Kiwi Music Scholarship recipients

13 October 2022 | news

Five exceptional young classical musicians have been awarded a 2022 Kiwi Music Scholarship to help them pursue their bright futures on the world’s stages. The annual Kiwi Music Scholarship is fund...

Groundbreaking research by Woolf Fisher Scholarship recipients aims to transform New Zealanders’ lives

07 October 2022 | news

The three recipients of a 2022 Woolf Fisher Scholarship aim to transform New Zealanders’ lives with their groundbreaking research into Parkinson’s disease, cochlear implants for people with hearin...

Universities join call for free public transport for students and others on low incomes

08 September 2022 | news

Aotearoa New Zealand’s eight universities have joined the Aotearoa Collective for Public Transport Equity in calling on the Government to make public transport free to students and other New Zeala...

Trusted Research – Protective Security Requirements Guide for Senior Leaders

01 September 2022 | publications

This is the online home of Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara's Trusted Research–Protective Security Requirements Guide for Senior University Leaders in Aotearoa New Zealand. The guide will ...

Fully open again for international students … and collaborations

01 August 2022 | news

From the Chair Professor Jan ThomasVice-Chancellor, Massey UniversityChair of the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee Today has been an auspicious one for Aotearoa New Zealand’s universities a...

2020 modified UE a success for students

01 August 2022 | publications

Joint Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara (UNZ) and New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) analysis shows relaxing University Entrance (UE) requirements in 2020 to compensate for Covid-1...

Demand higher than ever for ‘Thinking about university?’

01 August 2022 | news

Secondary school careers advisers’ requests for extra copies and the just-finished 2022 school-leaver careers expo season have shown demand for Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara’s ‘Thinking...

New Zealand Centre at Peking University MOU marks 15-year partnership success

28 July 2022 | news

Fifteen years of successful international education collaboration through the New Zealand Centre at Peking University have been celebrated with the renewed signing of the Memorandum of Understandi...

Universities launch programme to support Māori academics

14 July 2022 | news

Te Kei, the first Māori academic career development programme funded by Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara (UNZ), has been launched. Te Kei is jointly led by UNZ’s committee of Māori academi...

Submission on International Education Strategy

04 July 2022 | submissions

Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara has sent a submission to the Government on its refreshed International Education Strategy 2022–2030. Read the submission [PDF].

Georgetti scholarship recipients boost research important for New Zealand

27 June 2022 | news

The nine recipients of a 2022 William Georgetti Scholarship are addressing everything from healthcare delivery inequities experienced by refugees to the best use of agricultural land to keep within...

Scholarships support young musicians’ first steps on the world stage

21 June 2022 | news

Three outstanding young Aotearoa New Zealand musicians have been awarded a Kia Ora Foundation Patricia Pratt Scholarship to support their artistic growth at prestigious international academies. Be...