Frequently asked questions about CAPEs

Frequently asked questions about CAPEs

Last updated 24 November 2016
Last updated 11/24/2016

This page contains frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) about the Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs).

These are grouped into two sections.

If you have other questions, please contact your Investment Manager or email

Request for Funding Applications (RFA) questions

Recent questions in relation to the CAPE's Request for Funding Applications (RFA) process are located at the top of the list.

If you have any questions please email us:

Your questions will be used to develop FAQs that will be added to this page. To ensure that all applicants have access to the same information, we will not provide individual replies.

Questions and answers

Q. With regard to the 20-page PowerPoint, can you please inform on the following:

  • Can the PowerPoint be responsive ie, contain video clips, graphics and links?
  • Will the PowerPoint be reviewed in printed form/pdf or viewed as an active PowerPoint show? (new question)

A. The RFA (section 5.7) requires that the PowerPoint application is submitted as a PDF document. The application has a page limit (section 5.3) to appropriately restrict the level of information included in applications. Including links and video clips potentially opens up a way for applicants to add, potentially significantly, more information than allowed. Applicants who are invited to take part in the presentation stage of the assessment process will have the opportunity to expand on information provided in their application.

Q. Please clarify this statement in Section 1.2 of the RFA: "The overall objective of the competitive process is to select a consortium, led by a university as the 'lead TEO (tertiary education organisation)', to operate one or more CAPEs. Does this mean that a consortia could operate more than one CAPE? 

A. Yes. Each CAPE is to be operated by a university-led consortium. This might mean that each CAPE is led by a separate consortium or that a consortium could operate all three CAPEs.

General questions



Q. What will CAPEs do?

A. 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.

Q. How many CAPEs will there be?

A. The initial process will seek to establish three CAPEs.

Q. How and when will CAPEs be implemented?

A. The TEC will allocate funding for the CAPEs through a Request for Funding Applications (RFA) process. Information on how to apply, including the RFA document, is now available.

Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) Request for funding applications (RFA) (PDF, 889 Kb)

Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) RFA Cover Sheet (Word, 433 Kb)

Financial information template - Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) "Part B" RFA (XLS, 133 Kb)

Application deadline

You must submit your application to us by 12:00 noon on Friday, 03 February 2017.

Q. Who will learn from CAPEs?

A. 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. 

Q. What organisations will be eligible to participate in CAPEs?

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

Q. What countries will the CAPEs focus on?

A. 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.

Q. How does this initiative link with other Government strategies?

A. 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).

Q. What is the funding for?

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

Q. How will CAPEs be selected?

A. We are running a competitive selection round whereby interested parties can submit applications through a Request for Funding Applications process to be evaluated by a panel of experts. 

Q. What regions will CAPEs focus on?

A. 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.