Massey signs pact with Missouri University

Massey University has signed an agreement with the US based University of Missouri, aiming to strengthen academic and student ties through exchange and other programmes. Massey Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey signed the agreement with Missouri University Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Professor Thomas Payne in Palmerston North on March 7, 2012. Mr Maharey said…

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Partnership promotes jobs for refugees

A partnership agreement between two Wellington based organisations has been helping a number of refugees find gainful employment. Multicultural Learning and Support Services (Mclass) has teamed up with Wellcare Education, a partnership brokered by Refugee Services’ Pathways to Employment Programme, to run a course at the former’s facility. This initiative was in response to the need identified by the Pathways…

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Programme helps boost employability

Wellington based Multicultural Learning and Support Services (Mclass) has developed a programme to help new migrants and refugees gain short work experience placements. The six-month programme for general employment provides for placements for learners to practice in actual work situations the skills they learn in the classroom. The Centre however does not guarantee employment, which would depend on the individual’s…

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Otago Polytechnic in Auckland

Auckland’s education sector received yet another boost with the opening of the international campus of the Otago Polytechnic last fortnight. A joint venture with Future Skills Academy based in Manukau, the international campus, located at 350 Queen Street (Level Two) in Auckland’s Central Business District, will offer English language programmes and a graduate degree (BA) course in Applied Management. Otago…

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Gender discrimination no good for Fiji

Traditionally Easter has been a time for the Christian community in Fiji to indulge in prayers and in solemn religious activities. Indo-Fijians of Hindu, Sikh and Islamic faiths have used this period for sports and social activities, with the Diaspora showing family, religious and ethnic unity. Gujaratis, the Andhra Sangam, the Sikhs, TISI Sangam, Sanatan and Muslims gather in different…

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Friendly policy drives Super Ministry agenda

The concept of mergers to create ‘mega structures’ to achieve greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the government sector would become the norm if a series of proposals of the National-led government are implemented over the next three years. Prime Minister John Key announced the first of these initiatives on March 15, 2012 at a luncheon meeting hosted by the Auckland…

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Key assures mergers will boost efficiency

Prime Minister John Key believes that his government should be trim, accountable and more efficient, achieving economies of scale and higher levels of productivity. Those were the core objectives with which his cabinet has approved in principle the creation of a ‘Super Ministry’ merging the departments of Economic Development, Labour, Science and Innovation and Building and Housing. The new entity,…

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