Tertiary education offers a passport to success in modern life. It helps people improve their lives and the lives of those around them. It provides the specific tools for a career, and is the engine of knowledge creation.

The Tertiary Education Strategy 2014-19 sets out the Government’s long-term strategic direction for tertiary education. This strategy highlights the need to build international relationships that contribute to improved competitiveness, support business and innovation through development of relevant skills and research and improve outcomes for all. The first steps to achieving these shifts are outlined in the strategy’s six priorities:

Priority 1: Delivering skills for industry,
Priority 2: Getting at-risk young people into a career,
Priority 3: Boosting achievement of Māori and Pasifika,
Priority 4: Improving adult literacy and numeracy,
Priority 5: Strengthening research-based institutions, and
Priority 6: Growing international linkages.

The strategy focuses on ensuring we have an outward-facing and engaged tertiary education system, with strong links to industry, community and the global economy.

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