UC Connect: The future of tertiary education
24 March 2016
What can the five-year-old Productivity Commission add to a thousand-year-old institution?
Five years ago, Parliament created the Productivity Commission to address the gap for an independent source of advice on thorny issues affecting national productivity and the wellbeing of New Zealanders.
Universities have been around since the 11th century. Teaching was independent of kings, emperors and direct religious authority. Universities spread to satisfy a thirst for knowledge and the belief that society benefited from scholarly expertise.
The University of Canterbury (UC) was established in 1873 in Christchurch. UC is ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide and our graduates help shape the world we live in, are heavily involved in the community, and are playing a vital role in Christchurch’s resurgence.
In its first five years, the Commission tackled diverse issues including housing affordability, trans-Tasman economic relations and the effectiveness of social services. Its new inquiry examines tertiary education.
Murray Sherwin CNZM was appointed Chair of the newly created New Zealand Productivity Commission in November 2010. The Commission – an independent Crown entity – conducts in-depth inquiries on topics selected by the Government, carries out productivity-related research, and promotes understanding of productivity issues. The Commission is modelled closely on the highly-regarded Australian Productivity Commission.
Murray is an economist with over 35 years’ experience in a wide range of public policy roles. His previous appointments include: Chair, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Commission; Chief Executive and Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand; member of the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank; and member of the Prime Minister's Advisory Group.
His other current roles include: Member, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Review Panel; Chair, Strategic Risk and Resilience Panel – advising the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on national risk issues; and Chair, Innovation Partnership – a group of private and public sector entities supporting smart use of internet technology. Murray is an accredited member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management. He is a graduate of the University of Waikato (MSocSc(Hons)).
Hear Murray Sherwin, Chair of the Commission, discuss the central issues. How well have tradition-steeped teaching institutions adapted to the 21st century? Is growth in tertiary education helping increase productivity and wellbeing in New Zealand? Is the tertiary education system delivering what New Zealanders want? Is it even clear what the system’s goals are?
More information on the tertiary review: www.productivity.govt.nz/inquiry-content/tertiary-education
UC Connect public lecture: What can the five-year-old Productivity Commission add to a thousand-year-old institution? at 7pm, Wednesday, 6 April, Undercroft 101, Ilam campus of the University of Canterbury.
Please register to attend: www.canterbury.ac.nz/ucconnect
For further information please contact:
Senior External Relations Advisor
Communications and Engagement
University of Canterbury
Ph: (03) 364 2775
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