New Zealand's government has included international education as one of its seven priority export areas to grow in its Business Growth Agenda launched this month. Tapping alumni networks and offering scholarships to Latin America are on the docket.
International education providers in Canterbury have developed a 10-year strategy for growth that aims to increase incoming international student numbers by more than 150% as the region shows strong signs of recovery following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.
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.