The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

June 04, 2008 08:00 ET

Media Advisory: New Zealand Education Reform Expert Discusses Education Funding and International Developments at Fraser Institute

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 4, 2008) - Alternative means of financing post-secondary education in Canada and international developments in school choice will be discussed at Fraser Institute breakfast and luncheon briefings with Norman LaRocque, education reform expert from New Zealand, on Thursday, June 5.

Breakfast Briefing

LaRocque will examine the costs and benefits of two broad strategies for financing post-secondary education: low tuition fees and high government funding vs. higher tuition fees combined with a student loan scheme. As an advisor to the education forum in New Zealand, LaRocque will provide recommendations on how Canada can best meet the challenge of financing the high cost of post-secondary education.

Luncheon Briefing

LaRocque will examine the variety of innovative partnerships that are changing the educational landscape around the world by bridging the gap between the public and private education sectors. He will also highlight several examples of these new models from the developed and developing worlds and will discuss how these models can be beneficial to Canada.

LaRocque is a public policy consultant and advisor to the education forum in Wellington, New Zealand, a research affiliate with the State University of New York at Albany's Program on private higher education, an editorial board member of the Journal of School Choice and an advisory board member of the EG West Centre for market solutions in education.

Interested media are invited to attend either event.

Breakfast Briefing Luncheon Briefing
7 :45am Registration 11 :45am Registration and Lunch
8 :00am Presentation 12 :15pm Presentation
9 :15am Adjournment 1 :30pm Adjournment

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