Todd, thanks for this important piece of information. Keep us updated about
the happenings, please.
Coming from a country where tertiary education is mainly based on one's
parents' wallet, I consider this a major step backwards.
On Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 9:37 AM, todd nachowitz <toddnach(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Here's some important budget-related news from the NZ Vice-Chancellor's
Committee (NZVCC) regarding the loss of postgraduate scholarships in New
In particular, the Top Achiever Doctoral scholarships will be abolished.
For me, the email from the NZVCC (copied below) raises more questions than
it answers. It's unclear from this email what is meant by: "Broad-based
support is already offered through student achievement funding which is
considered more effective than scholarship funding" as it gives no
examples. It mentions continued PBRF funding, but its also unclear if
postgraduates can apply for it. Further, will something new replace the Top
Achievers scholarships? WIll Waikato University's Doctoral Scholarships be
affected in any way?
I've asked for some clarification of these questions and will pass this
info on when i hear back.
I've just viewed the NZVCC's web site and this article: "Budget Deals Body
Blow to Universities" <www.nzvcc.ac.nz/node/410> provides some of the
background information. This brief article is a "must-read" for anyone
interested in the National government's support (or lack of) for the
Dept. of Political Science and Public Policy
PGSA Student Representative to the Postgraduate Studies Committee
uni email: <tn37(a)waikato.ac.nz>
home email: <toddnach(a)gmail.com>
P Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail
Begin forwarded message:
*From:* Kiri Manuera [mailto:email@example.com <kiri(a)nzvcc.ac.nz>]
*Sent:* Thursday, 28 May 2009 4:02 p.m.
*Subject:* FW: Budget news
Some of you may have already heard the budget news, the Top Achiever
Doctoral Scholarships will be abolished. The NZIDRS scholarships will be
decreasing from 38 to 10. See more information on outcomes concerning
The Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) supports increased quality of
research and research-based teaching and learning, and provides incentives
for improving investment in research in the tertiary sector.
Increases to the PBRF announced by the previous government were withdrawn
as part of unwinding unfunded commitments (with a total reduction of $18.6
million over four years). The Government has now restored this funding, with
the baseline set to grow to $250 million from 2010/11. This means that
there is no material change to the PBRF baseline.
New Zealand’s investment in research quality and capability has been
maintained through continued support for the PBRF.
*Bonded Merit, Step Up and Top Achiever Doctoral scholarships cease from
June 2009. All existing recipients continue to receive their scholarships
for their remaining tenure.
*Broad-based support is already offered through student achievement
funding which is considered more effective than scholarship funding.
Scholarships affected include:
- The NZ International Doctoral Research Scholarships - reduced from 38
to 10 new scholarships each year. Existing students will continue to receive
support until their scholarship terms and conditions expire
- NZ Study Abroad Awards - phased out from the beginning of the 2010
- NZ International Undergraduate Fees Scholarships - phased out from
the beginning of the 2010 academic year. Existing students will continue to
receive support until their scholarship terms and conditions expire.
*Domestic Status for German and French Masters Students**
*Domestic fees exemptions for German and French Masters students will be
phased out. Existing exchange students will not be affected, as the
necessary regulations will continue to support their enrolment as domestic
Note: There is no specific appropriation because this is funded from the
current appropriations for domestic students.
Kiri Manuera (Ms)
New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee
Level 11, 94 Dixon Street
PO Box 11915
Wellington 6142, New Zealand
Ph: +64 +4 381 8510
Fx: +64 +4 381 8501
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