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EXCELLENCE Profiling the 2018 recipients of the Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards

Profiling the 2018 recipients of the Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards.

(PDF, 7.3 MB, 58-pages). 

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2018 Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awardees

In 2018, 10 teachers have received sustained excellence awards for their contribution to tertiary teaching and learning under the General and Kaupapa Māori categories. The Prime Minister's Supreme Award went to Faumuina Associate Professor Fa’afetai Sopoaga, Division of Health Sciences at the University of Otago. 

News, Success Story

Pacific health champion scoops top national tertiary teaching prize

Faumuina Associate Professor Fa’afetai Sopoaga, from the Division of Health Sciences at University of Otago, has received the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award at the national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony at parliament tonight.

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Cultural Capability Pathways

We are proud to launch our online Cultural Capability Pathway modules for anyone interested in improving Māori and Pacific learner success.

Pacific Prof Dev Fund

Pacific PLD Scholarship Fund 2018

Pacific Professional Development Scholarship Fund was established to support Pacific staff working in tertiary education organisations into leadership positions through career development, and to build leadership capacity to provide a platform for supporting Pacific learner success.

Find out how to apply for the 2018 round. 

Pacific Cultural Centeredness Pathway

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Improving Pacific learner success – new online tool aims to build cultural capability

The Pacific Cultural Centeredness Pathway (PCCP) is a free, online tool that offers a great springboard for teachers and support staff to gain the cultural knowledge to enhance how they support their Pacific learners.


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