Institutions in New Zealand enjoy a high degree of academic freedom as they set their own curriculum, appoint teachers and determine their service conditions. They have their own criteria for selecting students and programs of research.
However, strict measures are ensured that the institutions meet the quality standards. Keeping this in view, the Government has set up nationally recognized processes of quality assurance.
These government appointed bodies are responsible for approving qualifications in New Zealand and for the quality that underlines the delivery of qualifications. These bodies are the: