UC is committed to supporting and graduating the next generation of leaders of Pasifika descent and to creating a culturally inclusive campus. To guide this work, the Pasifika Development team launched the new Pasifika Strategy 2019 – 2023 earlier this month.
The University’s second Pasifika strategy, it outlines the principles and implementation plan that will nurture the success of Pasifika students at UC.
According to the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) Educating Pasifika for Success -2012 Report ‘students develop the ability, confidence and motivation to succeed academically when they participate competently as a result of having developed a secure sense of identity and knowledge that their voice will be heard and respected within their learning environment”.
The strategy is informed by the voices of our Pasifika students here at UC, Ara Institute of Canterbury and Lincoln University, following a series of AKO funded research projects led by University of Canterbury Pacific Development Team from 2012 – 2018 (Luafutu-Simpson et al 2015, Noa et al 2018). An internal Pacific Strategy Group and members of the external Pacific Peoples Advisory Group also helped to shape the strategy.
You can find the Pasifika Strategy 2019 – 2023 and Implementation Plan here.