Science system and university advisory groups announced

Two advisory groups are being established to explore what New Zealand’s science system and universities need to thrive now and into the future.

The Science System Advisory Group (SSAG), supported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, has been established to provide advice on improving the effectiveness and impact of the science sector in New Zealand.

The University Advisory Group (UAG), supported by the Ministry of Education, has been set to provide the government with advice on New Zealand’s university system.

Both groups will be chaired by Professor Sir Peter Gluckman who will ensure connections between the two advisory groups as appropriate. Other panel members will be announced shortly.

Sir Peter says he is honoured the government has asked him to coordinate and chair the two panels.

“As a small, advanced economy, New Zealand must make strategic choices in investing in science, innovation and higher education and in ensuring partnerships both nationally and internationally.

“The last significant and comprehensive look at science system was in 1992 and since the University of New Zealand was disestablished in 1961, the system as a whole and its broad contributions have not been holistically considered.

“Once the panels are appointed, we will engage with science and the higher education sectors and a number of stakeholders to inform this process and ensure a fit-for-purpose science system and a robust and forward-thinking university system for New Zealand,” he says.

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