[22 February/Rural News]

Massey University Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas, said that we need to stop thinking about agriculture in the traditional sense. Ms Thomas advised that she would like to think of graduates of many other faculties at Massey University, other than vetinary and agriculture, moving into jobs relating to the wider primary sector. She had developed a new strategic plan that would better align courses with industry needs whilst ensuring its teaching methods meet the needs of the digital age. Ms Thomas added that graduates in agriculture must have a wide range of skills to prepare them for future roles, and they need to spend time within industry as part of their degree. She also noted that they need to be able to work in the always increasing Maori economy.