Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs)

Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs)

Last updated 9 March 2017
Last updated 03/09/2017

The Government has allocated $34.5 million over four years to develop new Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) in New Zealand universities as part of the Innovative New Zealand package in Budget 2016.

Who applies:  Universities

Agreed through:  Contract (off Plan)

CAPEs will further develop New Zealand’s Asia-Pacific rim knowledge and language skills, facilitating collaboration between tertiary education providers and stakeholders to enhance our partnerships with the Asia Pacific region. CAPEs will be cross-institutional centres of excellence, in the language, culture, politics and economics of countries or groups of countries within the Asia-Pacific region.

Three CAPEs will be set up initially, and be based in universities around the country. 

These CAPEs will specialise in countries or groups of countries in North Asia, South East Asia and Latin America. Each CAPE will develop strong linkages with its region of speciality, facilitate student and faculty exchanges, and become a focal point for New Zealand’s relationship with that part of the world. CAPEs will also train language-capable graduates for New Zealand exporters, MFAT, and other government agencies with posts offshore.

The CAPEs Fund will be allocated in accordance with the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment’s funding mechanism issued under section 159L of the Education Act 1989. Funding from the CAPEs Fund will be determined through a fully contestable process and allocated and monitored through a funding arrangement with the TEC.

Successful applications announced

We have now completed the Request for Funding Applications (RFA) process. The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Paul Goldsmith, announced the successful applicants on 9 March.

Read Minister's announcement on the Beehive website.

Who to contact for help

If you have any questions please email us: CAPEs@tec.govt.nz, or visit the CAPES FAQs page