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Minister Releases Tertiary Education Strategy

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Anne Tolley
Anne Tolley

The Tertiary Education Strategy 2010-2015 released today will ensure the sector is more responsive to the needs of students and employers, says Tertiary Education Minister Anne Tolley.

"The new strategy outlines the Government's priorities for the next five years and how we will achieve them," says Mrs Tolley.

"This Government wants to see more New Zealanders reaching their highest potential and using their skills to make our economy stronger.

"We promised a simpler tertiary education sector that is more responsive to the needs of students and employers, with a stronger emphasis on value for money and performance. The strategy released today delivers on our promise.

"Almost $4 billion is spent on tertiary education every year in New Zealand, and taxpayers have the right to expect that every dollar of this is spent wisely."

The strategy outlines plans to link funding more closely to performance.

It also highlights the importance of supporting high quality research across the tertiary sector, and of building closer ties between research institutions and businesses.

"Investment in research on its own does not drive economic growth. It is how businesses use the research that makes the difference," says Mrs Tolley.

"In the current economic environment, we need to think carefully about the priorities we pursue with the resources we have available."

The Tertiary Education Strategy 2010-2015 can be found at: http://www.minedu.govt.nz/theMinistry/PolicyAndStrategy/TertiaryEducationStrategy.aspx

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