"Mr Bradford may envisage people selecting their variety of qualification via a supermarket but unfortunately tertiary
education is no where near that cheap." Said President of the Otago University Students' Association (OUSA), Steve Day
in response to a speech Mr Bradford made today.
Tertiary Education Minister Max Bradford outlined a seriously flawed vision for the future of Tertiary Education this
morning at the 23rd annual conference of Tertiary Education Management His vision involved students heading overseas and
business influencing previously independent research.
"While the children of Bradford's friends in industry my be able to afford to fill their tertiary trolleys with gourmet
delicacies from around the world, many people seeking tertiary education are standing in the ten-items-or-less isle with
only a can of baked beans. More than likely they will be served by a check out assistant who is working while studying
because they can't access a basic living allowance while studying."
"The reason students are going overseas is not, as Mr Bradford claims, cheaper transport, it is more expensive domestic
fees. Our degrees now rival those in the United States for price but offer none of the scholarship support and long term
belief in research." Claimed Steve Day.
Mr Bradford argues that New Zealand needs to be more business focused in its tertiary education delivery. In last
month's "Bright Future" package the Government indicated its desire to move more students into the areas of science and
technology. "The Government very clearly wishes to make Universities nothing more than research mills for the country's
"To fawn over the credibility of foreign tertiary institutes as Mr Bradford did today only exemplifies how much we have
undermined our own institutes' credibility through under-funding." Stated OUSA Campaign Coordinator and President-Elect,