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UNZ latest newsletter now available

07 June 2019 | news

The latest newsletter from Universities New Zealand is now available: read about the value of investing in the fence at the top of the cliff; the UK's degree-apprenticehip model; and creating a...

Should NZ consider the degree-apprenticeship model?

06 June 2019 | news

A not-infrequent criticism of the traditional degree is that it requires young people to take a number of years out of work while they study. By contrast, the traditional apprenticeship model for...

Outstanding young musicians awarded Kia Ora Patricia Pratt Scholarships

04 June 2019 | media

Four outstanding young musicians—flautist Anna Cooper, tenor Manase Latu, soprano Katherine McIndoe and pianist Siyu Sun—have been awarded 2019 Kia Ora Patricia Pratt Scholarships in Musical...

Funding increase much-needed boost for universities

30 May 2019 | media

New Zealand’s Vice-Chancellors acknowledge the 1.8% increase in the Student Achievement Component of university funding....

Otago academic receives Critic and Conscience Award

03 May 2019 | media

Speaking truth to power is an academic responsibility Otago University Law Professor Andrew Geddis takes seriously....

Universities welcome increased teacher training funding

02 May 2019 | media

Universities New Zealand welcomes today’s announcement of increased funding for teacher training over the next four years....

Universities powerhouse of NZ research

30 April 2019 | media

The eight universities are confirmed as the powerhouse of research in New Zealand, based on today’s release of results from the 2018 Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) quality evaluation, says...

Submission on review of the Copyright Act 1994

08 April 2019 | submissions

Universities New Zealand has submitted an Issues Paper to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on the review of the Copyright Act 1994.

UNZ submission to RoVE

03 April 2019 | news

Universities New Zealand has made a submission to the Reform of Vocational Education.

Outstanding Christchurch student wins Myers scholarship to Cambridge

29 March 2019 | media

William Wynn Thomas, Dux of Christchurch’s Christ’s College last year, has been awarded the prestigious Sir Douglas Myers scholarship to study at Cambridge University in England....

From the Chair: Taking a stand

29 March 2019 | news

In the past two weeks we’ve seen some of the worst and the best of humanity in the events of and response to the terror attacks in Christchurch....

RoVE: risks and rewards

29 March 2019 | news

Government proposals for the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) have met with a wide range of reactions, from vehemently opposed to cautiously accepting....

'People like us don't go to university'

29 March 2019 | news

That comment from a woman in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, a low socio-economic area, brought home to James McWha the importance of raising the aspirations of both children and their communities...

Universities call for more effective regulation of social media platforms

29 March 2019 | media

New Zealand’s universities are joining the Privacy Commissioner and major corporate advertisers in calling for more effective regulation of and responsiveness from social media platforms....

Read the latest from Universities New Zealand

29 March 2019 | news

Read the latest newsletter from Universities New Zealand.

Future leader awarded prestigious Robertson Scholarship

28 March 2019 | media

An exceptional young man who aims to become the chief economic adviser at Treasury has been awarded the prestigious Robertson Scholarship to study in the US....

Prestigious 2019 Girdlers’ Scholarship awarded to Wellington student

27 March 2019 | media

Matthew Sutcliffe, from Wellington, has been awarded the prestigious 2019 Girdlers’ Scholarship, which will enable him to study Human, Social and Political Sciences at Corpus Christi College,...

UNZ submission on Sustainable Development Goals

25 March 2019 | submissions

New Zealand's universities have made a joint submission to the first voluntary review of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

New Zealand universities condemn terror attack, support students

16 March 2019 | media

A statement from Derek McCormack, Vice-Chancellor of AUT and Chair of Universities New Zealand, on behalf of New Zealand universities:...

Read the latest from Universities New Zealand

01 March 2019 | news

Our February Latest News is now available.

From the Chair: Slip sliding away

28 February 2019 | news

By Derek McCormack, Universities New Zealand Chair...

By any other name?

28 February 2019 | news

This week’s release of university subject rankings underlines the value of maintaining a good reputation. A good name—for universities as well as for individuals—can mean everything: money, success...

The grass isn't always greener...

28 February 2019 | news

By Chris Whelan, Chief Executive, Universities New Zealand...

Submission on the Copyright (Marrakesh Treaty Implementation) Amendment Bill

28 February 2019 | submissions

Universities New Zealand has made a submission to Parliament's Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee on the Copyright (Marrakesh Treaty Implementation) Amendment Bill. ...

NZ universities slip in QS World University Subject rankings

27 February 2019 | media

New Zealand universities are placed among the world’s top 50 universities in 20 different subjects in the latest result from the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject....