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International education policy of New Zealand
International education in New Zealand is being grown and shaped by several key policies.
The Government’s Economic Growth Agenda identifies international education as an area that can contribute more to New Zealand’s economic growth. Legislation was introduced into Parliament on 6 April 2011 to establish a new Crown agency for international education, Education New Zealand, to help in achieving this greater contribution. The agency began operations on 1 September 2011. It will enhance the marketing and promotion of New Zealand and New Zealand education providers, and carry out overseas representation.
The Ministry of Education will, however, retain a focus on international education, complementing that of Education New Zealand. The Ministry will take the lead on New Zealands education relationships with multilateral organisations, regulating education providers involved in export education and promoting better support of international students, working with Immigration New Zealand to ensure immigrating settings for interational students are optimal, and encouraging greater interationalisation of the curriculum across the education system.
It includes targets to:
increase annual revenues from providing education services offshore to at least $0.5 billion
develop and sustain mutually beneficial education relationships with key partner countries in Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas
increase the number of international students enrolled in New Zealand providers offshore, from 3,000 to 10,000
double the number of international postgraduate students (particularly in programmes in addition to those at PhD level) from 10,000 to 20,000
increase the transition rate from study to residence for international university students
increase New Zealanders’ skills and knowledge to operate effectively across cultures.
To find out more about the International Education Agenda please visit:
The Ministry of Education Statement of Intent 2011/12-2016/17 includes as a key priority, ensuring that “Every young person has the skills and qualifications to contribute to New Zealand’s future.” Within the international education, the Ministry will “provide policy advice on how to improve the international knowledge and skills of New Zealand students”.
To find out more about the Code of Practice, please visit:
The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students provides a framework for minimum standards, good practice procedures and a complaints procedure in relation to the hosting of international students in New Zealand schools and tertiary institutions. All providers enrolling international students must comply with the Code.
International education statistics on Education Counts
The Ministry of Education holds various collections of statistical information relating to international education, obtained through Ministry of Education processes, including information relating to:
students’ international learning
international students in New Zealand
the internationalisation of New Zealand education providers
the benefits of international education to New Zealand.
Go to our main publications page and search for a range of education publications or use our publications search engine.
Other New Zealand government sites of interest
Te Kete Ipurangi is New Zealand’s bilingual education portal. An initiative of the Ministry of Education, it provides New Zealand schools and students a wealth of information, resources and curriculum materials to enhance teaching and learning, raise student achievement and advance professional development for teaching staff and school managers.