Tagged: universities

Confidence in the Vice Chancellor - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 19, 2018

In a prior life, I was on Academic Board at the University of Canterbury as Economics Department representative. The meetings were usually tedious. Much of the point seemed to be to provide a forum for people to air their grievances so they could feel they were listened to, but without consequence. There’d usually be somebody who’d make a five-minute speech … Read More

From #MeToo to #RiceBunny: how social media users are campaigning in China - Guest Work

Guest Author May 03, 2018

Meg Jing Zeng, Queensland University of Technology This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Rice bunny says, “the only thing I want for the coming Lunar New Year is anti-sexual harassment rulings… You can take my plate away, but you cannot shut my mouth.” So reads the opening line of a … Read More

Opinion: Give Postgraduates a Student Allowance Too - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Apr 26, 2018

I’m in the exceedingly fortunate position of not worrying about my postgraduate education costs; I have a scholarship that pays my fees and accomodation over the next few years. I won’t have to worry about feeding myself, scraping together my dollars to cover power bills, or shivering in my bedroom because I can’t afford an electric blanket. But … Read More

Critic and conscience of a national science challenge - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 06, 2018

Troy Baisden By legislation, universities have a role to play as critic and conscience of society. Having recently moved to a professorial post at the University of Waikato, I’m taking up that role to initiate this blog at the Our Land and Water (OLW) National Science Challenge’s 2018 Symposium. The event is on yesterday and today in Wellington, … Read More

Lincoln-Canterbury merger: What’s in it for Canterbury? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 04, 2016

In all the talk about a merger being the potential salvation for Lincoln University, I’ve yet to see anybody explain why Canterbury would want to merge with them. Canterbury merged with the old Christchurch teacher’s college while I was there. That college had a a bit of a commerce faculty; I think some of the folks who had there … Read More

Shelling out to lure top global research talent - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jul 20, 2016

When I visited universities and research institutes in Israel last year I was struck by two things – their entrepreneurial outlook and their eagerness to bring international entrepreneurial research collaborations to fruition. A focus in these areas – enabled by state, private and foreign investment, has paid off for Israel in the form of a research sector that creates a pipeline … Read More

Universities, export education and migration - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Mar 31, 2016

I’ve made a few passing comments in recent weeks about New Zealand universities, mostly in the context of discussions and debates around immigration.  Export education is one of the key emphases of the current government’s economic strategy; they and their MBIE advisers appear to believe that somehow we boost the incomes of New Zealanders by making it relative easy for … Read More

Rethinking universities - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Mar 10, 2016

A few years ago “disruption” in the university space was mostly about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The hype on that is over, with providers in this area rethinking their strategies.  But a lot of venture capital is still going into these types of “ed tech” companies. There are also other approaches to improving the … Read More