08 August 2016

Policy Update – 8 August 2016

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Government releases Transport Domain Plan and Research Strategy

The Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss has released the Transport Domain Plan and Research Strategy.

The Domain Plan outlines the main statistical and information priorities for the transport sector, and provides guidance on how to address them. It also provides a tool for targeting research and investment across the transport sector, and creates a common approach prioritising transport data and research.

The Research Strategy gives clear guidance on the direction for transport research and outlines how the diverse research community can collaborate into the future.

Associate Minister Foss said “We have some significant transport challenges ahead. These two documents will help us understand those challenges and how we can best manage, plan for and invest in a smarter, safer and more efficient transport system.

More students enrolling in engineering degrees

More students are enrolling in degree qualifications in STEM-related subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), according to a media release from Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce.

This is the finding of What are they doing? The field of study of domestic students/learners, a study which has analysed the fields of study of domestic students over the past eight years.

Last year, 11,500 students enrolled in engineering and related technologies at bachelors level or higher. This is an all-time high and an increase of more than 3,500 students compared with 2008. In 2015, engineering students represented 6.5 per cent of all students studying at that level, up from 4.9 per cent in 2008.