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Education New Zealand’s new plan for private sector

As new research reveals international education was worth NZ$2.6 billion in 2012/2013, Education New Zealand has released an engagement plan to bolster its struggling private sector. The initiative will focus on advocating for regulatory reform, increasing access to government grants and boosting offshore marketing. There is a clear focus on leveraging opportunities presented by vocational training too.

NZ pilots online agent-training course

Education New Zealand is piloting an e-learning training programme for approved education agents ahead of an expected rollout this summer. The course will give New Zealand Specialist Agents greater flexibility in how they train, and ENZ better data.

NZ to take student visa processing online

New Zealand is to take all student visa applications online from late 2013 in a bid to speed up processing and improve customer service. It will be the first service to be delivered through the country's Immigration Global Management System (IGMS) – a new "fit for purpose" IT system aimed at modernising the immigration system by 2015.

New Zealand launches China TV promo strategy

Education New Zealand has developed a promotional campaign in China that will include a factual TV series broadcast in Mandarin featuring interviews with real students and stories of alumni success. The shows will be broadcast next year and followed up with social media campaigns aimed at students.

Marketing drive to attract students to Canterbury, NZ

New Zealand has launched a marketing drive to increase the Canterbury region's appeal as a destination for international students, after enrolments were hit by last year's earthquake. The scheme, Christchurch Educated, will also guarantee university entrance to international graduates of Christchurch secondary schools.