Education (Tertiary Reform) Amendment Act 2002

6 New section 159AAA inserted
  • The principal Act is amended by inserting in Part XIII, before section 159, the following section:

    159AAA Object of provisions relating to tertiary education
    • (1) The object of this Part, Parts 13A to XVIII, and Part XIX (which relate to tertiary education), and of the provisions of Parts 18A and XX to XXIV that relate to tertiary education, is to foster and develop a tertiary education system that—

      • (a) fosters, in ways that are consistent with the efficient use of national resources, high quality learning and research outcomes, equity of access, and innovation; and

      • (b) contributes to the development of cultural and intellectual life in New Zealand; and

      • (c) responds to the needs of learners, stakeholders, and the nation, in order to foster a skilled and knowledgeable population over time; and

      • (d) contributes to the sustainable economic and social development of the nation; and

      • (e) strengthens New Zealand's knowledge base and enhances the contribution of New Zealand's research capabilities to national economic development, innovation, international competitiveness, and the attainment of social and environmental goals; and

      • (f) provides for a diversity of teaching and research that fosters, throughout the system, the achievement of international standards of learning and, as relevant, scholarship.

      (2) In making decisions under this Part, Parts 13A to XVIII, and Part XIX, and under the provisions of Parts 18A and XX to XXIV that relate to tertiary education, the Minister, the Commission, the Qualifications Authority, and the service continued by Part XXII must take into account the objects specified in subsection (1), so far as is practicable in the circumstances.