Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs)

Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs)

Last updated 12 December 2019
Last updated 12 December 2019

A CAPE is a university-led centre of excellence for languages, culture, politics and economics of the Asia-Pacific region.

A CAPE develops strong links with a particular Asia-Pacific region, facilitating collaboration between tertiary institutions and other stakeholders to support language development, research and knowledge of that region, and to strengthen networks and relationships. The CAPE acts as a first port of call for people – students, academics and businesses both in New Zealand and in the target countries – looking for information, research or education related to the region.

Preparing New Zealand to ‘do business’ 

Our economic future success is increasingly connected to the Asia-Pacific region, which includes 11 of our top 20 trading partners. CAPEs help to ensure that New Zealand is better prepared to ‘do business’ with the region, including both goods and services trade.

New Zealand is a progressively more diverse society, so a greater understanding of the Asia-Pacific region also has positive impacts domestically.

CAPEs facilitate the provision of, and access to, education and training relevant to the Asia-Pacific region for a range of learners:

  • current full- or part-time students
  • those already in the workforce
  • people looking for additional training.

This includes language qualifications to support New Zealand exporters and government agencies operating overseas.

Supporting key government strategies 

The CAPEs were designed to support the following government strategies:

  • the Building Export Markets stream of the Business Growth Agenda
  • Goal 3 of the Leadership Statement for International Education
  • the Tertiary Education Strategy
  • NZ Inc strategies for China led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the numerous trade agreements with Asia-Pacific countries. 

2020 Mid-Term Review

Mid-Term Review of the Centres of Asia Pacific Excellence

The Centres of Asia Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) are university-led cross-institutional centres of excellence in language, culture, politics and economics of the Asia-Pacific region.

There are three CAPEs: Latin America, North Asia and South-East Asia.

The CAPEs’ purpose is to contribute to the development of Asia-Pacific knowledge and cross-cultural skills in New Zealand and enhance economic, trade, political and cultural relationships with the region.  It is intended that the CAPEs will excel nationally and internationally in their area of expertise, and ensure broad dissemination of knowledge and skills through collaborative processes. 

A mid-term review is a condition of funding.  The mid-term review will occur in February 2020 and be conducted by an independent expert panel.  The intent of the review is to assist both the TEC and the CAPEs to fully maximise the CAPEs’ contribution to policy objectives in the future.

CAPES terms of reference for the mid-term review (PDF, 665 Kb)

Appointments to the CAPEs Mid-Term Review Panel

The Tertiary Education Commission is pleased to announce the independent panel has been appointed to conduct the mid-term review of the CAPEs. 

The panel members are Stephen Jacobi as Chair, Kevin Parish, Louise Beard and Professor Chistopher Ziguras.

Biographical details of the appointees

Stephen Jacobi

Mr Jacobi serves as Executive Director of the NZ China Council and of the NZ International Business Forum as well as Managing Director of Jacobi Consulting Ltd. He was previously Executive Director of the NZ US Council from 2005 to 2014.

He has led a number of significant relationship-building events in Japan and Korea, and in 2009 he was appointed Alternate Member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and continues to advise New Zealand’s ABAC Members.

Mr Jacobi has diplomatic, trade and government experience including posts as Deputy High Commissioner in Ottawa, Assistant Trade Commissioner in Paris and adviser on trade and diplomatic issues with MFAT and as Private Secretary to the Minister for Trade Negotiations. He is an accredited director and a frequent commentator on trade and international economic issues.

Kevin Parish

Mr Parish is the CEO of China Connections Limited (CCL), a consulting business specialising in the China market. Previously he was the CEO of Primary Collaboration New Zealand (Shanghai) Co Limited (PCNZ) based in Shanghai from 2015. He established PCNZ on behalf of the New Zealand Primary sector shareholders: Scales Corporation, Sealord, Silver Fern Farms, Synlait, Villa Maria, Bostock NZ, Freshmax and Kono.

Mr Parish was New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s (NZTE) Trade Commissioner in Hong Kong from 2012 to 2015. Prior to the Trade Commissioner role he was Regional Manager for NZTE’s Christchurch office.

Louise Beard

Louise Beard is the Founder and Director of FORWARD Insight and Strategy.

She has 20+ years of experience in research and strategic planning across a range of sectors – tourism, primary sector, FMCG and services marketing. She has supported the growth and development of many New Zealand businesses.  

Louise Beard has an in-depth understanding of consumer needs, value drivers and market dynamics globally and throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Professor Christopher Ziguras

Chris Ziguras is a professor in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University in Melbourne. His research explores the social, economic and political dimensions of the internationalisation of education. Professor Ziguras teaches in RMIT’s international development and public policy programs and plays a leading role in coordinating RMIT’s international partnerships in the social sciences.

He was President of the International Education Association of Australia from 2015-18 and is a member of the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan and the Australian APEC Study Centre.

Professor Ziguras was a member of the Expert Advisory Group (EAG) that reviewed the Request for Funding proposals that led to the establishment of the current CAPEs.

Three CAPEs currently operate

Three CAPEs began operating on 1 July 2017:

  • North Asia CAPE hosted by the University of Auckland
  • South-East Asia CAPE hosted by Victoria University of Wellington
  • Latin America CAPE hosted by Victoria University of Wellington.

A consortium was established to deliver on the purpose and policy objectives of all three CAPEs. The consortium includes the host universities (University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington) as well as the University of Otago and the University of Waikato. 

Outcome Statements

A CAPE’s Outcome Statement sets out its mission statement, objectives and outcomes to achieve. See below for a copy of each CAPE’s current Outcome Statement.

North Asia CAPE Outcome Statement (PDF, 176 Kb)

South East Asia CAPE Outcome Statement (PDF, 177 Kb)

Latin America CAPE Outcome Statement (PDF, 176 Kb)

More information

If you have any questions please email: CAPEs@tec.govt.nz.