Universities are accountable for their educational and financial performance including operating in an efficient and effective way. Universities are TEIs[1] and the Crown has an interest in each university’s financial and operational viability, which brings additional requirements including universities’ accountability to Parliament. The section on Crown Interest has detailed information.

In general, the universities are accountable for providing:

  • high quality degree and post-graduate level programmes
  • programmes aligned with government priorities, as outlined in the Tertiary Education Strategy
  • value for money with low residual ownership risk to the Crown.

Universities must meet any accountability and reporting requirements specified under the relevant legislation, our funding information or any funding agreement with us.



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    Tertiary education institution (TEI) - universities, ITPs and wānanga

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