Category Archives: Education

Partnering with China

This last week I have been in Beijing at the NZ –China Council Forum. Led by Minister Steven Joyce and co-chaired by Sir Don McKinnon, it has been all about building partnerships. There were about fifty New Zealanders there, including … Continue reading

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Lincoln and Canterbury: is a merger the solution?

[This post was first published in the Fairfax NZ Sunday Star Times on 22 June 2014] Last week I wrote how Lincoln University is facing hard times, and is shedding lecturing staff in core areas of land-based education. I suggested … Continue reading

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Lincoln University drives into the rough

[This post was first published in the Fairfax NZ Sunday Star Times on 15 June 2014] Lincoln University is New Zealand’s land-based university, with a special focus on agriculture and related industries. In recent years, the University has been facing … Continue reading

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Education for Agribusiness

[This post was first published in the NZ Sunday Star Times on 2 March 2014 under the title “Agribusiness calls for a holistic approach”.] Last week I wrote about how agribusiness was fundamentally different to other forms of business. I … Continue reading

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Socio-economic conditions determine educational under-achievement

This post is a joint contribution by Keith and Annette Woodford. Annette is a specialist teacher in Reading Recovery. The big message from the recently released results of national education standards is that low socio-economic conditions and educational under-achievement go hand … Continue reading

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Glimpses of Kansas

 Coming from New Zealand, it has been a fascinating experience to spend a week in Kansas, in America’s Midwest.  Kansas is a big state geographically, right in the centre of the USA, but has only 2.5 million people. The economy … Continue reading

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Telford and Lincoln

Currently there is a proposal before the Minister of Tertiary Education, Steven Joyce, that Lincoln University and Telford Polytechnic should amalgamate. The governing councils of both institutions are in favour. In my own opinion, the issues have not been thought … Continue reading

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