Responding to the Tertiary Education Strategy
The tertiary sector plays a key role in enhancing knowledge and skills from providing foundation-level learning through to the most advanced training and qualifications. The government sets out its long-term strategic direction for tertiary education in the TES issued by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. In coming years, the government requires the tertiary education system to become more flexible and strategic by:
- ensuring that the tertiary education system performs well, not just as its own system, but also as a part of the wider New Zealand economy
- ensuring that the system can adapt more quickly to change, including changing technologies and changing patterns of demand, and
- addressing changing skill needs so that the skills gained in tertiary education link to employment opportunities in the labour market.
To achieve this, the government has articulated six priorities:
- delivering skills for industry
- getting at-risk young people into a career
- boosting achievement of Māori and Pasifika
- improving adult literacy and numeracy
- strengthening research-based institutions, and
- growing international linkages.
The information provided here, will focus on the tertiary sector’s contribution to these priorities for 2015.