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Are New Zealand’s scientists too scared to say what they think?

The fight for the mighty research dollar is creating some significant barriers to scientists commenting on controversial issues. ELIZABETH McLEOD discovers why some of our leading minds are calling for a Commission for Science.

Ivy League and Oxbridge: do kiwi students stand a chance?

Jamie Beaton, founder of Crimson Consulting, talks to JUDE BARBACK about removing the roadblocks between New Zealand and the world’s top universities.

Busting myths around universities today

CHRIS WHELAN reports that New Zealand’s universities are in excellent shape, but funding needs to keep pace if we are to maintain our high quality and reputation.

A decade of growth – one PTE’s journey

JUDE BARBACK talks to New Zealand School of Education’s managing director Brijesh Sethi about the private training establishment’s growth over the last decade, and the highlights and hurdles it has faced along the way.

Mature-age students: do they feel supported?

At a time when the workforce is ageing and the labour market is increasingly volatile, ELIZABETH McLEOD asks the question: how well are our tertiary institutions set up for those wanting to upskill, retrain or further their knowledge?

New Zealand universities stable in the world rankings

The positioning of New Zealand universities in the 2014/2015 QS World University Rankings, released today, remains stable; however, an overall lack of improvement suggests more investment is needed for universities to be globally competitive.

Lack of support, disinterest, and high costs: perceived barriers to higher education

JUDE BARBACK considers the findings of a recent survey that reveal high costs, lack of support and lack of interest as deterrents to pursuing tertiary education in New Zealand.

Note sharing: cheating the system or yourself?

JUDE BARBACK looks at the rise of note-sharing sites and the tenuous legal and ethical questions they raise for universities.

The end of the Aussie fee-free PhD (and what it means for NZ)

Australia is about to start charging postgraduate researchers fees. Does the change signal an end to the Kiwi PhD brain drain? JUDE BARBACKS reports.

Opinion: linking STEM programme funding to tertiary teaching practice

PETER COOLBEAR, director of Ako Aotearoa, discusses incentivising established good tertiary teaching practice to help meet government targets for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
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