Our strategic context

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Last updated 6 December 2019
Last updated 6 December 2019

Tertiary Education Strategy

The TES is the highest-level policy document for tertiary education under the Education Act 1989  and:

  • has been jointly developed by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

  • provides information on what the Government expects from tertiary education organisations (TEOs)

  • sets out a framework for funding agreements with TEOs and guides our strategy and investment decisions.

Tertiary education is vitally important to the future of New Zealand. The skills and knowledge people gain through tertiary education can improve their chances of employment and increase their earnings. Tertiary education drives better economic, social, and cultural outcomes, creates new knowledge and helps the country’s productivity.

The TES focuses on ensuring we have a tertiary education system that:  

  • is more flexible, outward-facing and engaged
  • is focused on improving outcomes for learners and employers
  • has strong links to industry, community and the global economy.

Read more about the Tertiary Education Strategy, its six priority areas and how these priorities guide our strategy and decisions.