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Kaimenyi: University councils mandated to review fees

Jacob Kaimenyi

Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has clarified that only university councils are mandated to review fees for their institutions. Prof Kaimenyi told university students planning a countrywide demonstration on Monday that fees would not be increased without their input. “The body mandated to increase university school fees is the university council, not Kaimenyi. The vice-chancellors have only shared with me ... Read More »

Editorial: Joyce unfair to force change on universities

Steven Joyce

Eighteen months ago, Steven Joyce had a warning for the country’s universities. If they wanted the Government to be more directive, he was “more than willing”, he said. Clearly, the Tertiary Education Minister does not believe his message has been heeded. Therefore, an amendment to the Education Act currently before a select committee seeks to align the universities’ operations more ... Read More »

Reforms blind to universities’ aims

University of Auckland

By Ananish Chaudhuri Bill to cut size of councils and increase ministerial appointments would undermine institutions’ role in society. A law before Parliament will dramatically change the composition and role of university councils. The council oversees the running of the university, and is empowered to appoint the Vice-Chancellor and shape the university’s mission and goal. The bill, under consideration by ... Read More »

New Zealand: Governance changes will undermine role of universities

Lincoln University

Universities New Zealand opposes plans to change the composition of university councils which will remove the statutory protections that ensure universities have the independence and diversity to effectively represent the communities they serve. “The changes announced by the Government last week are of great concern to the university sector. They remove the legal requirement for democratically elected students, staff and ... Read More »

New Zealand: University councils to downsize

By Sarah Robson The Government’s decided to go ahead with plans to make university councils smaller and remove the requirement to have staff and student representatives on them. Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce says the changes will modernise councils and allow them to react quickly and more strategically. The current limit of between 12 and 20 members will be reduced ... Read More »

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