Education agents can now apply for visas on behalf of students hoping to study in New Zealand, through the government’s online immigration portal. Passport-free eVisas for visa waiver countries will be introduced later this year.
The number of international students studying in New Zealand increased by 13% last year, reaching a 10-year high. Indian enrolments were a big factor behind the upsurge with a 67% growth in Indian students recorded, year-on-year.
New Zealand is aiming to increase its profile as a study destination in Latin American as the minister of tertiary education, skills and employment visited the region for the first time last month and announced expanded mobility agreements with key trade countries.
A new peak body that will provide support to K-12 schools active in New Zealand’s international sector launched this month and is looking for more businesses to join its 15 founding members. The association will help further develop internationalisation within New Zealand schools, many of which already work significantly with the international market.
New Zealand’s international education industry is now valued at NZ$2.85bn after experiencing 12% year-on-year growth in student numbers for the first two trimesters of the year, new government statistics show.
Facilitated by Wellington City Council, a new growth strategy in NZ includes a commitment from each of the region's tertiary institutions that overseas students will make up 15% of their total enrolments within the next five years.
The governments of New Zealand and China aim to broaden qualification recognition and VET collaborations after signing two agreements that they say will also enhance student mobility between the two countries.
Christchurch Mayor, Lianne Dalziel, has sworn in the city's inaugural cohort of international student ambassadors, who will welcome incoming overseas students to New Zealand and provide support as they begin their studies.