2 Jul 2013

Massey to address Pasifika graduation rates

9:21 pm on 2 July 2013

Massey University says it needs to do much better for its Pacific students, who have the lowest graduation rates in the country.

About 1200 Pacific students are enrolled at Massey, most as part-time or extra-mural students. Only a quarter of them complete their qualifications - the worst performance for any university.

Malakai Koloamatangi, the university's new Pasifika director, says it is a very serious problem and addressing it needs to be a top priority.

Associate Professor Koloamatangi says Massey aims to lift Pacific graduation rates to more than 50% within three years and hopes to double its number of Pacific students to 3000 over the same period.