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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 2018–2030. 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...

Doctoral students and their outcomes

13 June 2022 | publications

University New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara has prepared a new resource to help researchers better understand the value of PhDs and other doctorates to the people who get them and to society generally....

From the Chair: Critical infrastructure that needs proper funding

13 June 2022 | news

By Professor Jan ThomasVice-Chancellor, Massey UniversityChair of the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee “That’s us.” I wasn’t far through the Government’s Budget 2022 before I first thought ...

How doctorates tip the scales in a student's favour

13 June 2022 | news

New Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara analysis debunks the myth that most people who invest time and money in a doctoral degree end up under- or unemployed. On the contrary, the analysis sh...

Reopen, but now we need to agree international goals

13 June 2022 | news

Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara wasted no time welcoming the Government’s 11 May announcement that New Zealand’s borders would be fully reopen for international student and other visa app...

Law scholarship recipients tackle bias in public decision-making and how to draw on tikanga Māori

07 June 2022 | news

Finding ways to use litigation to remedy bias in public decision-making and provide greater recognition of tikanga Māori are the aims of the two recipients of this year’s New Zealand Law Foundation...

Universities’ Budget 2022 funding doesn’t even keep up with inflation

19 May 2022 | news

Aotearoa New Zealand’s universities are disappointed that despite their potential to be the key to improving wellbeing, addressing climate change and positioning the country for post-pandemic...

Universities welcome much-needed earlier border reopening

11 May 2022 | news

Aotearoa New Zealand’s eight universities look forward to welcoming back their international students after today’s announcement that the final part of the Government’s staged border reopening will...

Budget a chance to unlock universities’ full potential to enhance New Zealanders’ wellbeing and prosperity

10 May 2022 | news

Budget 2022 is a chance for the Government to better support universities and enhance their huge contribution to national wellbeing and providing the skills and solutions New Zealanders need to...

Critic and Conscience of Society Award winner highlights vaping threat to health of young New Zealanders

03 May 2022 | news

Regulatory loopholes are contributing to increases in the number of young New Zealanders exposed to nicotine through vaping, warns the winner of the 2022 Critic and Conscience of Society Award....

Myers Scholarship winner will use Cambridge learning to tackle mental health crisis

13 April 2022 | news

The recipient of this year’s Sir Douglas Myers Scholarship to attend the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom aims to use what he learns there to help tackle Aotearoa New Zealand’s mental...

From the Chair: NZ needs international students back before October

06 April 2022 | news

By Professor Jan ThomasVice-Chancellor, Massey UniversityChair of the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee I don’t know about you but I’m missing Aotearoa New Zealand’s international university...

Immigration reset requires a steady hand to protect international student success story

06 April 2022 | news

By Chris WhelanChief ExecutiveUniversities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara As Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas writes in her latest ‘From the chair’ column, Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tar...

Research council call prompts important conversation

06 April 2022 | news

Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara’s call for the Government to establish an independent national research council to set national research priorities and provide strategic oversight of the ...

Girdlers’ Scholarship winner wants to help the Pacific advance itself globally

15 March 2022 | news

The recipient of the 58th Girdlers’ Scholarship to attend Corpus Christi College at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom wants, on completing his studies, to serve Aotearoa New Zealand...

Robertson Scholarship winner excels in sport and music as well as studies

08 March 2022 | news

The teachers of this year’s Robertson Scholars Leadership Program winner don’t know how she fits in her many sporting and cultural achievements while also producing such outstanding academic...

Submission on Te Ara Paerangi – Future Pathways Green Paper

07 March 2022 | submissions

Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara has sent a submission to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on its Te Ara Paerangi – Future Pathways Green Paper about Aotearoa New Zealand...

Universities call for an independent national research council

07 March 2022 | news

Aotearoa New Zealand’s eight universities are calling for the Government to establish an independent national research council to set national research priorities and provide strategic oversight o...