Te Pūkenga leaders Stephen Town (Chief Executive) and Murray Strong (Chair) spent the day with UCOL staff and Board, sharing insights into the priority work ahead for Te Pūkenga and subsidiaries.
Te Pūkenga is New Zealand’s largest tertiary education provider, which currently includes UCOL and the other 15 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics. Te Pūkenga will ultimately have the national and regional reach to become a long-term skills training partner for firms and industries, enabling learners to move between workplaces and other educational offerings and locations as their needs change.
The intention is to have a cohesive, sustainable vocational education system that helps improve wellbeing for all New Zealanders and supports a growing economy that works for everyone, bringing together on-the-job, on campus, and online vocational education and training through a unified, sustainable network of regionally accessible provision.
Murray and Stephen joined with UCOL staff, Board and student representatives for a symposium which included UCOL’s new draft Strategy, blended delivery initiatives, and the launch of UCOL’s refreshed brand story and look. Te Pūkenga is working closely with UCOL to pilot a co-branding initiative, and they were very positive about UCOL’s brand refresh. Mr Town and Mr Strong appreciated the discussion on UCOL’s new draft Strategy and confirmed that it covers all the key priority areas and is consistent with the future.
The discussion with Te Pūkenga included the future design of both Operating and Unified Funding systems, and a strong commitment to Te Pae Tawhiti. Te Pae Tawhiti is Te Pūkenga’s Te Tiriti excellence framework that will underpin partnerships with hapū, iwi, and whānau, ensuring more equitable outcomes for tauira Māori. All staff were invited to participate in the opportunities ahead, strongly focussed on building partnerships and supporting learners. Staff, student leaders and TEU representatives took the opportunity to ask questions which were responded to transparently and informatively.
The UCOL Board, Senior Leadership Team, Mr Town and Mr Strong had a fruitful and informative session after lunch, developing the relationship further.