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What is the TES?

The Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) sets out the Government’s long-term strategic direction and current and medium term priorities for tertiary education. The Tertiary Education Commission must give effect to the TES and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority must have regard to it. Tertiary Education Organisations (TEOs) must show how they will contribute to achieving the priorities set out in the TES through their investment plans. 

The draft TES proposes priorities for the future of tertiary education and proposed actions to achieve these priorities.   

Informing a draft TES

The draft TES has been informed by Kōrero Mātauranga | the Education Conversation, along with targeted engagement with ākonga/learners, providers and other key stakeholders across the country to hear their views and vision for the future of tertiary education in New Zealand. Learnings from consultation on the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) and other key engagements have provided additional insight into the development of this draft TES.

The TES consultation closed on the 25th of October 2019. We are now analysing the responses.

Supporting Documents

Summary of Engagement Document [PDF. 789KB]

Evidence Brief [PDF. 965KB]

Further information

NELP and TES summary document

NELP and TES discussion document