Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs)


Here are some preliminary frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs).

If you have other questions, please contact your Investment Manager or email CAPEs@tec.govt.nz.



What will CAPEs do?

The CAPEs will facilitate collaboration between tertiary institutions and other stakeholders to support language development, research and knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region, and the development of networks and relationships. They will act as a first port of call for people looking for information, research or education related to the region, including students, academics and businesses both in New Zealand and in the target countries.

How many CAPEs will there be?

The initial process will seek to establish three CAPEs.

How and when will CAPEs be implemented?

The TEC will allocate funding for the CAPEs through a Request for Funding Applications (RFA) process. We are holding workshops with stakeholders through to the end of September, which will help us finalise the detailed requirements for the RFA. 

We expect the RFA to be released in October 2016, and for CAPEs to be operating from mid-2017.

Who will learn from CAPEs?

CAPEs will facilitate the provision of, and access to, education and training relevant to the Asia-Pacific region for a range of learners, including:

  • current full- or part-time students
  • those already in the workforce
  • people looking for additional training.

CAPEs will also build and disseminate knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region across academics, researchers, secondary schools, businesses, students and the general public. 

What organisations will be eligible to participate in CAPEs?

CAPEs will be led by a university, but must involve collaborations with other organisations.

What countries will the CAPEs focus on?

CAPEs will focus on countries, or groups of countries, in North Asia, South-East Asia and Latin America. Our economic future success is increasingly connected to the Asia-Pacific region, which includes 11 of our top 20 trading partners. New Zealand is also a progressively more diverse society, and a greater understanding of the Asia-Pacific region will also have positive impacts domestically.

How does this initiative link with other Government strategies?

The International Connections package supports a number of other government strategies, including:

  • The Building Export Markets stream of the Business Growth Agenda
  • Goal 3 of the Leadership Statement for International Education
  • The Tertiary Education Strategy
  • NZ Inc strategies for China led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the numerous trade agreements with Asia-Pacific countries (including China, ASEAN, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and others currently in train).

What is the funding for?

Funding is non-SAC funding and intended for the operation of the centre, research and other activities to deliver on the strategic outcomes of the selected CAPE.

How will CAPEs be selected?

We will be running a competitive selection round whereby interested parties will submit applications through a Request for Funding Applications process to be evaluated by a panel of experts. Further details of this process will be announced following stakeholder consultation.

What regions will CAPEs focus on?

CAPEs will focus on regions within the Asia Pacific – the specific countries or areas within that will depend on the proposed strategic role, benefits and contribution of the CAPE to New Zealand.

  • Last changed: 19 September 2016
  • Last verified: 19 September 2016