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AQA Board seeks new lay members

06 August 2018 | news

The Board of the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities (AQA) is seeking two lay members of the Board with expertise in quality assurance for a three-year term beginning 1 January...

Universities acknowledge funding increase, look for further investment

27 June 2018 | media

University Vice-Chancellors acknowledge the 1.6% increase in tuition subsidies announced today and hope this Government will invest further in the university sector in coming years to ensure it can...

Submission into the Government Inquiry into Mental health and Addiction

08 June 2018 | submissions

Universities New Zealand has made a submission to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction. The submission outlines a number of key points, which are both issues and opportunities...

Universities welcome post-study work rights proposals

02 June 2018 | media

New Zealand’s universities welcome today’s announcement by Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway of proposed changes to post-study work visas for international students.“The previous system...

Ethel Benjamin scholarships for outstanding women lawyers announced

23 May 2018 | media

Three remarkable women have this year received New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin scholarships for outstanding women lawyers.The awards honour Ethel Benjamin, New Zealand’s first woman...

Engineering students awarded RMTU scholarships

18 May 2018 | media

Two young students with a passion for engineering have been awarded Ernest William File scholarships for 2018.Eighteen-year-old Hannah Hudson (Christchurch) and Anton Rufer (Tirau) have been...

Budget a missed opportunity, say universities

17 May 2018 | media

The Government has utterly failed to back up its rhetoric about the future of work and the importance of preparing for the challenges of technological change, according to the Vice-Chancellors of...

Canterbury academic receives Critic and Conscience of Society Award

15 May 2018 | media

On 22 February 2011, Dr Ann Brower’s life was changed by the Canterbury earthquake.The only survivor of 13 people in a bus crushed by falling masonry from the unreinforced parapet and facade of a...

Outstanding young musicians awarded Patricia Pratt Scholarships

09 May 2018 | media

Three outstanding young musicians—cellist Matthias Balzat, tenor Filipe Manu and soprano Katherine McIndoe—have been awarded 2018 Patricia Pratt Scholarships in Musical Performance, enabling them...

BayTrust scholarship awarded to kaimoana researcher

08 May 2018 | media

Waikato University PhD student Vanessa Taikato has been awarded the 2018 Bruce Cronin BayTrust Scholarship to study ways in which Māori moved marine shellfish from location to location.Worth $5000,...

Future leader awarded prestigious Robertson Scholarship

01 May 2018 | media

 An exceptional young woman who wants to make a difference by working on the ethical complications arising from technology has been awarded the prestigious Robertson Scholarship to study in the US...

Outstanding Auckland student wins scholarship to Cambridge

27 April 2018 | media

Olivia Bennett, Dux of Auckland’s St Cuthbert’s College last year, has been awarded the prestigious Sir Douglas Myers scholarship to study at Cambridge University in England.Eighteen-year-old...

Universities New Zealand delighted at conference win

28 March 2018 | media

Universities New Zealand (UNZ) is delighted that New Zealand has been successful in its bid to host the 2021 Asia-Pacific Association of International Education (APAIE) Conference and Exhibition...

Prestigious 2018 Girdlers’ Scholarship awarded to Andrew Tang

21 March 2018 | media

Andrew Tang, from Wellington, has been awarded the prestigious 2018 Girdlers’ Scholarship, which will enable him to study Economics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, starting in October 2018....

International collaborations shown to benefit NZ Inc.

08 March 2018 | media

Universities New Zealand has today released a new Deloitte Access Economics report that assesses the benefits of international collaboration between New Zealand and overseas universities. It finds...

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018

01 March 2018 | publications

The 2018 round of QS World University Rankings by Subject have now been released. They can be viewed on the QS website, HERE.

Government’s education work programme welcomed

21 February 2018 | media

Universities New Zealand says the Government’s release of more detail of its education portfolio work programme for the next three years is welcome, and it comes at an important time for a system...

Congratulations to academics recognised in 2018 New Year Honours List

30 December 2017 | news

Universities New Zealand congratulates all academics recognised in the 2018 New Years Honours List released today, for their contribution to New Zealand and New Zealanders.  See the full list at...

Kiwi Music Scholarships awarded to outstanding young performers

21 December 2017 | media

    From Left to right: Alexander McFarlane, Katherine McIndoe, Sam Rich, Benson Wilson and Bradley Wood.Five talented young performers have been awarded Kiwi Music Scholarships to continue their...

Read our Latest News (December 2017)

14 December 2017 | news

The December issue of UNZ's Latest News is available here

In Brief

14 December 2017 | news

Christmas / New YearUNZ wishes all readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our office is closed on Friday 22 December and reopens on Monday 8 January 2018.Farewells and welcomesTwo...

From the Chair: Who benefits from fees-free?

13 December 2017 | news

Professor Stuart McCutcheonAt 47% of public expenditure on tertiary education, New Zealand has a very high level of investment in student support, due particularly to interest-free loans. The OECD...

How does NZ’s research stack up?

12 December 2017 | news

A recent report highlighted the strong performance of UK researchers in terms of research articles, downloads and citations, relative to global population and R&D expenditure. So, we wondered,...

International university students vital to regions

12 December 2017 | news

Guess how much international university students directly contribute to your region each year through their expenditure on accommodation, food, travel, entertainment and other living expenses?


12 December 2017 | news

Universities New Zealand bust common myths about universities and graduates.