UC Pasifika Strategy 2019-2023
According to the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) Educating Pasifika for Success -2012 Report ‘students develop the ability, confidence and motivation to succeed academically when they participate competently as a result of having developed a secure sense of identity and knowledge that their voice will be heard and respected within their learning environment”.
It is therefore significant that we celebrate the launch of the second University of Canterbury Pasifika Strategy 2019–2023. This was ratified and approved in principle by the University last November and was officially launched Wed 1st May 2019.
This strategic document is informed by the voices of our Pasifika students here at UC, ARA Institute and Lincoln University within the findings of a series of AKO funded research projects led by University of Canterbury Pacific Development Team from 2012 – 2018 (Luafutu-Simpson et al 2015, Noa et al 2018). These research documents can be found on the AKO Aotearoa website.
UC’s response to these evidence-based recommendations has influenced action points listed in the separate implementation plan document. They have been discussed, negotiated and agreed upon by our Senior Management team.
The UC Pasifika Strategy cements the University of Canterbury’s commitment to supporting and graduating the next generation of leaders of Pasifika descent. It also reinforces our vision of a campus community that is culturally inclusive and responsive. A campus in which students and staff value diversity and respect individual differences.
We would like to acknowledge the members of the internal Pacific Strategy Group and members of the external Pacific Peoples Advisory Group who contributed, discussed and fed into these two documents.