International students still perceive the USA and the UK as top destinations for a quality education, however, according to the latest IDP Buyer Behaviour research, Australia is considered among the best study destinations for graduate employment opportunities and Canada and New Zealand are seen as affordable and safe.
New Zealand has experienced its strongest ever start to the year with an 8% increase in international student enrolments resulting in an additional 5,100 students compared to the same January to April period last year. All sectors have experienced growth, but most notably Private Training Establishments have seen a 13% boost in enrolments.
New Zealand’s government has awarded NZ$150,000 in scholarships to some of India’s top students in partnership with Christchurch Educated and the Canterbury Development Corporation, in an effort to build ties with India and plug a skills gap to help with the rebuilding of the city.
This month Education New Zealand launched its Agent Programme introducing three tiers of collaboration with the government's new branding campaign: a trained agent, a recognised agency and official partners. Alongside the launch, ENZ has also introduced an agent search page on its Study in New Zealand website with map locator.
Recent efforts by New Zealand’s government to increase international students to the Canterbury region are starting to have a positive effect. Figures show that after two years of significant decline the industry grew by 11% in 2013 led by the ESL sector which says study work rights have made the region competitive.
Overall international student numbers in New Zealand fell 1.8% in 2013, however pockets of growth in key markets in the second part of the year have left stakeholders feeling optimistic for 2014. PTEs struggled but postgraduate courses continued a growth trajectory.
Navitas has held an official opening for its pathway college UCIC at University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, which has accepted 70 students so far. Its "first of a kind" pathway college is supporting government efforts and investment to rev up regional international student enrolments.