3 Tertiary Education Institutions and their Councils
Types of tertiary education institutions
The Education Act 1989 provides the following distinctions among tertiary education institutions (TEIs) (s 162(4)(b)):
- An institute of technology and polytechnic (ITP) offers a wide diversity of continuing education, including vocational training, that contributes to the maintenance, advancement and dissemination of knowledge and expertise and promotes community learning, and by research, particularly applied and technological research, that aids development
- A university is an institution that is primarily concerned with more advanced learning, whose research and teaching are closely interdependent, meet international standards of research and teaching and are a repository of knowledge and expertise
- A wānanga is characterised by teaching and research that maintains, advances and disseminates knowledge and develops intellectual independence, and helps the application of knowledge regarding āhuatanga Māori (Māori tradition) according to tikanga Māori (Māori custom).
The Act provides that every TEI is a Crown entity (s 203(1)). However, not all provisions in the Crown Entities Act 2004 apply to TEIs (s 203(2), Education Act 1989). This guide refers to provisions of the Crown Entities Act 2004 when these are relevant.