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Chief Executive Karen Poutasi

Chief Executive Karen Poutasi"Delivering changes that meet the needs of 21st century learners" is the best way to define the NZQA vision that is taking us from now through the next few years.

What does the future hold? NZQA needs to respond to the global and digital environment that is integral to the first decades of the 21st century. The changes we are making now will lead to NZQA being online, on-demand, anywhere, anytime. The way we do assessments and what we assess will change. The global environment we are working in is becoming increasingly borderless, making quality assurance of education and qualifications more important and more necessary.  At NZQA we are interested in how technology lifts the 'possibilities' for learners.

Board Chair Sue Suckling

Board Chair Sue Suckling

"The Board sees this as an exciting time for NZQA as it continues with its 'Future State' programme of work, making the organisation responsive to and relevant to the demands of the future.

At the core of the Board's and NZQA's thinking, has been global trends and their impact on the organisation and more broadly, discussions with NZQA’s clients about their own strategic directions and their views as to how their needs will change. There are some clear pathways guiding us into the future, some we are already travelling down, and some we are still learning to negotiate. But what is important is that the technologies, processes and new ways of thinking are coming together to ensure NZQA remains responsive and meets future client expectations and the needs of learners."

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