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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...

Job advertisement: Programme Director – Complex Workstreams

04 May 2022 | news

Work across Aotearoa New Zealand’s university sector Be a key part of the sector’s interface with government Shape sector thinking and practice This role coordinates or drives a growing number of...

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...

Deadline approaches for $50,000 Critic and Conscience of Society Award

08 February 2022 | news

Aotearoa New Zealand’s university academics have until the end of the month to be in with a chance to receive a $50,000 grant as a winner of the latest Critic and Conscience of Society Award. The ...

Safe, secure, and sustainable internationalisation

14 December 2021 | publications

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Submission on High Value in International Education

02 December 2021 | submissions

Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara's submission on the Government's Policy Statement on High-Value International Education [PDF].

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

01 December 2021 | news

The latest Critic and Conscience of Society Award is now open for applications, giving Aotearoa New Zealand’s university academics the chance to follow in the footsteps of previous winners such as...

New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee Financial Statements 2021

26 November 2021 | publications

These are the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2021.

Bumper crop of scholarship winners headed for Cambridge

15 November 2021 | news

The calibre of applicants was so high that this year’s Woolf Fisher Scholarships to undertake postgraduate research at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom have been awarded to four...

Read the latest from UNZ

04 August 2021 | news

The latest newsletter from UNZ is now out. The UNZ chair comments on universities' duty of care and the new Code of Pastoral Care; where do international students work after finishing their study...

From the Chair: Duty of care

03 August 2021 | news

Professor Jan ThomasVice-Chancellor, Massey University...

What happens to international students who remain in New Zealand after getting a degree?

03 August 2021 | news

Do most of the international students who remain in New Zealand after completing degrees end up driving taxis or working as cleaners and baristas?...