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Tertiary Education Strategy

There were ten key points raised as a result of the forum meeting with Minister Joyce held on 14 July 2010 in Wellington.

  • Universities have a major role to play in the production and dissemination of Māori knowledge. Interdisciplinary research with the cross pollination of disciplines that will foster Māori academic progress can only occur at universities.
  • Universities also have an important role in delivering relevant programmes to Māori communities.
  • Te Kahui Amokura is exploring the development of a Māori Tertiary Education (Universities) strategy for submission to NZVCC.
  • A more comprehensive interface between Tertiary Institutions and Secondary education providers is needed if equitable participation in University study is to be realised for Māori.
  • Better articulation between Tertiary Institutions will ensure better outcome for Māori learners.
  • A strategic focus on students under 25years could be disadvantageous to Māori, given current Māori student demographics. Because of the failings of the school system, a parallel focus on older learners needs to continue for at least 10 – 15 years in order to increase Māori participation in universities.
  • The role of Foundation studies is highly valuable to Māori to ensure success through to higher degrees. At present funding for Foundation courses is being reduced and largely left to polytechnics. Foundation courses need to remain with Universities to ensure students are brought up to University standards.
  • Programmes that are critical to Māori development should be retained in Universities and may require additional EFTS allocations. 
  • Managed enrolment plans at Universities should have appropriate mechanisms to ensure that equitable Māori participation is obtained within EFTS allocations, and those plans should be included in the Investment Plans.
  • Both access and relevance are important principles for Māori at Universities. Access to enable participation and achievement whilst maintaining offerings that are relevant to iwi and Māori communities are both necessary.

Following the Academic Forum and the meeting with Minister Joyce, it was agreed that a hui report would be provided to Minister Joyce, the representatives from TEC, the Ministry of Education, and Te Kāhui Amokura. Te Kāhui Amokura would then consider developing a Māori Tertiary Education Strategy to submit to the Universities New Zealand committee – Te Pokai Tara

© Te Kahui Amokura 2010