Rebuilding public education : lessons from Unitec's 'Transformation' experience

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Loo, Wei
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2018-04-14
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Conference Contribution - Oral Presentation
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New Zealand
tertiary education
vocational education
Unitec Institute of Technology
organisational change
neoliberalism
privatisation
corporate management
Ede, Rick (Unitec Institute of Technology, CE)
student enrolments
Concentrix (Firm)
management by educators
ITP sector
institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs)
reform
restructure
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Loo, W. Y. (2018, April). Rebuilding Public Education: Lessons from Unitec's 'Transformation' Experience. Paper presented at the QPEC (Quality Public Education Coalition) 2018 Forum, St Columba, Vermont St, Ponsonby.
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The philosophy that informed Unitec’s transformation (i.e. restructure) can thus be summed up: *Public vocational education should prioritize and focus wholly on the needs of business. *Education to be business focussed, not student focussed Unitec’s ‘transformation’ began in earnest in late 2013, with the restructure of the design school, with staffing being reduced from 53 to 17 permanent positions. Half of the teaching hours were to be filled by industry ‘experts’, Increased online learning, with intended dramatic reductions in face-to-face teaching.
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