National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence

National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence

Last updated 31 October 2016
Last updated 10/31/2016

The purpose of the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence (the Centre) is to contribute to excellent educational outcomes for students through a focus on working in partnership with TEOs to enhance the effectiveness of teaching and learning.

Who applies:  Universities

Agreed through:  Contract (off Plan)

As set out in the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence funding mechanism, the Centre has the following functions:

  • building the teaching capability of TEOs and educators
  • commissioning and, where appropriate, conducting research, monitoring, and evaluation about effective teaching and learning in tertiary education
  • providing associated advice to the tertiary education sector and government agencies.

We are required to select a TEO to host the Centre in accordance with the criteria specified in the funding mechanism.

The funding mechanism for 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2018 can be viewed on the funding mechanisms page.

We provide funding for the Centre under section 159ZC of the Education Act 1989 (funding other than via an Investment Plan).

Ako Aotearoa

In October 2013, the TEC agreed to fund Massey University to host the Centre for 5 years. The Centre, which is known as Ako Aotearoa, has been funded since 2007, and is based in Wellington with hubs in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch.

Ako Aotearoa builds collaborative relationships with TEOs and teachers to encourage effective teaching and learning practices, and achieves educational outcomes for all learners.

Ako Aotearoa also hosts the Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards. The aim of those awards is to:

  • recognise and encourage excellence in tertiary teaching; and
  • provide an opportunity for teachers to develop their careers and share their good practice with others.