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.
New Zealand's Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce has claimed that moving the country's universities offshore, namely to Singapore and Southeast Asian countries, will boost university income and attract more foreign students.
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.