Massey University is one of the first universities in the Southern hemisphere to become a partner in a UNESCO UNITWIN initiative of a Global Network on Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity in Education.  The Centre for Equity through Education in the Institute of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences will take on the lead in fulfilling the requirements of this global partnership on promoting social justice and inclusivity. The collaborative programme among others, aims to contribute directly to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals to: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning”.


Hosted by the University of Lapland, Finland, the UNITWIN programme, will focus around three major areas:  Teacher Education, Inclusive Education and Indigenous Education.  The UNITWIN collaboration involves sharing of knowledge through joint research activities; hosting bi-monthly seminars on-line seminars, developing and sharing joint lectures in teacher education courses on inclusion and indigenous education. It provides “researcher/teacher and student exchange opportunities” and the setting up of a virtual resource centre.


The other signatories to date include:

Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Educational Studies School - Mongolian National University of Education

Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Murmansk Arctic State University, Russian Federation

Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Russian Federation

Sámi Education Institute, Finland

Sámi University College, Norway

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

University of Alaska Anchorage, USA

University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

University of Helsinki, Finland

University of Iceland

University of Lapland, Finland

University of Manitoba, Canada

Hawassa University, Ethiopia

Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia


The Centre for Equity through Education is looking forward to working alongside Te Putahi-a-Toi in this exciting knowledge building and sharing partnership.