6 Jun 2009

Leadership programme formed by universities

3:07 pm on 6 June 2009

Eight universities have joined together to encourage more Maori to come through as academic leaders.

The Maori Academy for Academic and Professional Advancement - Manu Ao - was launched at Victoria University's Te Herenga Waka Marae this week.

Waatea News reports it builds on a pilot project which offered weekly seminars for Maori students and academics.

Director Selwyn Katene says the academy will co-ordinate the leadership programmes run by each university.

He says Manu Ao will advance Maori scholarship and strengthen links between Maori professionals and academics.