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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 33 No. 12. 5 August 1970

Foundation funds Teaching Centre

Foundation funds Teaching Centre

Over $70,000 has been offered to Victoria University by the McKenzie Education Foundation to help establish a University Teaching Centre.

This information was received at the University Council's Annual Meeting in July.

The Chairman of the Foundation, Mr Roy McKenzie, in a letter to the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Taylor, pointed out that this offer, if accepted, will require the foundation to outlay more than half of its total annual budget for the next five years.

"We envisage that a centre of this kind would become a source of help and advice to members of your staff on such matters as curriculum, planning, examination objectives and techniques, the use of visual and other teaching aids, as well as a clearing house for information on modern teaching practices at the university level in other places."

Mr McKenzie pointed out that the grant itself would be sufficient only to finance the salaries of certain key appointments for the first few years and expressed his hope that the university would gradually accept the financial burden of maintaining the centre.

Commenting on the proposal after the meeting NZUSA s Education Research Officer, Lindsay Wright, said it was a welcome move. "Centres such as this are being planned in a number of New Zealand universities and follow similar developments in Australia, the United States and Great Britain," he said.

"Serious attempts to help improve university teaching in New Zealand are long overdue and Victoria University, if it accepts the offer of the Foundation, will likely develop the best equipped cantre in the country."

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