I’m pleased to here today in place of my colleague Simon Bridges, who
is in Toronto for the 2014 Prospectors & Developers Association of
Canada conference – a major event in the international minerals
Simon will be promoting New Zealand, especially the platinum minerals exploration tender for parts of the South Island.
I take a keen interest in the energy and resources portfolio, because
it’s a vital contributor to many of the Government’s objectives –
building jobs and growth through the Business Growth Agenda, economic
development in our regions, and science and innovation.
Tertiary education research funding will be simplified and strengthened in changes announced today by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce.
The Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) rewards and encourages excellent tertiary education research by assessing research quality, allocating funding based on results, and publishing information on research performance. It also contributes to the Government’s wider science, research and innovation objectives, by supporting research activities that provide social and economic benefits to New Zealand.
The changes to the PBRF are being made following a review announced as part of the Government's Building Innovation programme, that was carried out over the course of 2012/13.
“In 2012, we committed to invest an additional $100 million in PBRF over four years. This will result in the fund reaching $300 million in 2016/17. This is a significant investment by the Government, so it is appropriate to review the settings of the PBRF to ensure we are getting the best results possible from that investment,” Mr Joyce says.
Providing more learners with skills that industries need, building international linkages, strengthening research-based learning, and performing better for at-risk groups and second-chance learners, are all part of the new Tertiary Education Strategy released today.
Speaking at the Higher Education Summit in Auckland, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today launched the Tertiary Education Strategy 2014-19. The Strategy sets the Government’s expectations of the tertiary education sector for the next five years.
Mr Joyce says the new Strategy is about achieving faster progress with some of the key challenges facing New Zealand learners in the 21st century.
“Our tertiary education sector must continue to adapt and change to provide the skills and qualifications New Zealanders will need to contribute in the labour market in innovative and competitive ways,” Mr Joyce says.
In the National-led Government, Hon Steven Joyce is Minister for Economic Development, Minister of Science and Innovation, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Minister for Small Business, and Associate Minister of Finance. This website is funded by the Parliamentary Service and authorised by Steven Joyce MP, Executive Wing, Parliament, Molesworth St, Wellington