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  • Event registrations are open – and with a new whizz bang system!

    There’s something for everyone among the agent seminars, alumni networking events, New Zealand education fairs and commercial fairs in China, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Korea and Viet Nam.

    Exciting news is that, in line with our new categorisation of Japan as a ‘promote’ market, we are holding our first New Zealand education fair in Japan in October. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to showcase your education offering to this important market. As well, following on from the success of the agent seminars held in Osaka and Tokyo last year we will again be holding seminars in these cities leading up to the fair. 

    More exciting news on the event front is that our new event registration platform makes the whole process smoother, and does away with some of the paperwork. All the information you need regarding venues, locations and hotels, as well as some facts and figures about the market are available on the registration page for that event, all making for easier trip planning.

    Each event will have an app, so that all the event information will be at your fingertips as you travel. 

    Registrations for all events close on Wednesday 15 July so check out the event calendar, select your country or countries, and away you go!

    Phase two of the event registration improvements will include a meeting planner and appointment scheduler that will enable you to make appointments with agents well ahead of time and ensure you don’t miss out on valuable one-to-one meeting opportunities.

  • ENZ publishes event calendar 2018

    ENZ is offering a range of events in 20 countries in 2018. Events include commercial fairs, New Zealand-only fairs and agent seminars. They can be found on the events calendar.

    A number of events are open for registration now including China events and South America events (including Mexico), which will be held in March 2018. Viet Nam event dates will be confirmed by 6 November, with registration opening that day.

    Sam Heeney, ENZ’s International Event Manager, notes some key changes to the events for 2018.

    “For the first time, Mexico, ENZ’s new explore market, has been included in the South America roadshow, with an agent seminar and networking event,” said Sam.

    “This will be a great opportunity to bring together agents and institutions to form new relationships.”

    Sam said another event to look out for is ANZA 2018 which will be held in Auckland. This follows the two previous conferences which were held in Australia.

    “ANZA 2018 will be a great opportunity to showcase New Zealand to many agents over the three-day event.

    “We will have a New Zealand pavilion and will present at a number of the seminars.”

    Visit the events page for full details.

    Please note which sectors have been highlighted for each event – these have been identified as focus sectors by our in-market teams.

    Prices for these events remain unchanged (all exclude GST):

    • $2500 for commercial fairs
    • $1500 for NZ-only fairs
    • $250 for agent seminars

    As always, do not book travel until you have registered and received confirmation from the events team.

    Registration for events in second half of 2018 will open in mid-February.

    Please contact events@enz.govt.nz with any questions.

  • How to register for ENZ events

    1. Go to https://enz.govt.nz/events and select the event you want to attend.

    2. Click on the ‘Event info’ button.

    Step 2

    3. Log in if you already have an ENZ Events account, or request a new account by clicking on the link provided. Once you have created a new ENZ Events account, you will need to return to https://enz.govt.nz/events, select the event you want to attend and sign in.

    Step 3

    4. When you have signed in, you will be taken to an Overview page. Please scroll down the page to the ‘Click here to register’ link which will take you to the registration page.

    Step 4

    5. Complete the registration form, making sure you tick the events you want to attend. If you don’t tick an event, you will not be registered.

    Step 5

    6. Once you have submitted your registration form, you will receive an acknowledgement email. Read the email and check the events you registered for are showing correctly. If they are not listed, then you have not registered correctly and need to contact the events team at events@enz.govt.nz.

    Step 6

  • Tauranga-based group visits Korea

    E-News caught up with one of the organisers of the visit, Education Tauranga’s Anne Young.  

    What led to the decision to visit Korea as a group of institutions?

    Education Tauranga’s 2013-2017 strategy focuses strongly on collaboration between member institutions. We find that we can make more of an impact in a market as a group, and, with a diverse range of institutions participating in activities, we can demonstrate the pathways that exist within our region to cater for all levels of education.

    Korean students are enrolled in the full range of education institutions in Tauranga – from primary right through to tertiary. This is one of the reasons Education Tauranga’s Korean student numbers have continued to rise in 2015, while declining in New Zealand overall. We also attribute our success in Korea to the fact that we have committed local agents, strong local government support, highly effective links with the Korean community in the Western Bay of Plenty and institutions that provide excellent education and care to all international students, including those from Korea.

    In choosing Korea as our group visit destination, we were able to further capitalise on our already strong position in that market.  

    What are the advantages of a group visit such as this?

    The main advantage of a group visit is that it’s easier to get noticed and to secure meetings than when you’re an individual institution travelling on your own. Promotional costs can be shared, too. In our case, 21 institutions were pitching in, meaning our advertising dollar went a lot further, resulting greater numbers of prospective students at our fairs and good attendance of officials at other events.

    Having trip organisers taking care of all the planning, organising and bookings meant it was a much more efficient process for everybody. It also alleviated stress for some first time travellers to Korea who didn’t have to face many of the challenging ‘unknown factors’ that can pop up when organising your own recruitment trip.  

    What are the downsides?

    I don’t think there are any particular disadvantages to marketing as a group offshore. However, there are challenges in the logistics of dealing with such a large group, such as transport arrangements and getting everyone to where they need to be on time, as well as ensuring that planned activities are of benefit to all institutions from a range of sectors.  

    What were the highlights?

    We attracted over 400 prospective students through our fairs which was a great success for one small region of New Zealand. The students who came along were already pretty well informed about Education Tauranga’s education offerings, demonstrating that the effort that we put into advertising prior to the events hit the mark!

    Several alumni families also attended the events, and it was wonderful to see them engaging with prospective students and their families and giving their perspective on what studying in our region is like.

    The support of big New Zealand brands such as Zespri was also fantastic; their product promotion at our fair went down really well.

    Being hosted at the New Zealand Residence by the Deputy Head of Mission to Korea and Education New Zealand was also a highlight as we were able to recognise the contribution they had made to ensuring our activities were a success.  

    Are there any outcomes on the horizon or promising connections made?

    We’re hoping our visit will result in an increase in student numbers from Korea in 2016. The signs are promising so far, with many new students expressing an interest in coming here. Time will tell however!

    We have also strengthened relationships with Tauranga’s ‘friendship city’ of Ansan, with a larger study tour group coming in 2016 than came in 2015.  

    What would you do differently next time?

    The visit to Korea was our second regional group visit (we visited China together as a group in March this year) so we already had experience in what did and didn’t work and were able to iron out any issues prior to this trip.  

    Any hints and tips for together groups thinking of undertaking this sort of group visit?

    I think undertaking a visit of this kind is very effective for regions or groups of institutions. My top tips for making your visit a success are as follows:

    • Do your research and have a plan. Know exactly what activities you want to do and why

    • Involve all participating institutions in the planning process

    • Make sure you have support from local councils and your Economic Development Agency

    • Enter the market with a strong brand that all participants believe in

    • Make sure you have translated materials and have translators who know your product/region

    • The work you do prior to arrival is just as important (if not more than) as the work you will do while in country

    • Work with ENZ and local Embassy staff

    • Leverage your alumni

    • Follow up with the people you met with during the visit!

     

  • Our team

    The ENZ team works together to works to grow awareness of New Zealand as a study destination and to support New Zealand education providers and businesses to take their services and products overseas for enduring social, cultural and economic benefits.

    Through development of a world-class international education sector, we will build a thriving and globally connected New Zealand.

    We have approximately 100 staff in 18 locations around the world. In New Zealand, we have a head office in Wellington and staff in Auckland and Christchurch.

    Our values, Ngā Manapou strive to create a culture of Aroha at ENZ; a place where we all value the beliefs and culture of ENZ staff. This culture of Aroha is underpinned by four values: Manaakitanga, Be one, Kaitiakitanga, Be Bold.

    On this page:

    Sector Engagement 

    The Sector Engagement group delivers strategic initiatives in partnership with sector partners and stakeholders, undertakes business development, and designs and delivers new products and services.

    Sector Services

    The Sector Services group delivers a suite of products and services that support the sector to rebuild and thrive. This includes student experience, global citizenship, global events, and agent engagement, as well as scholarships to support domestic students to have an international education experience, and international students to study in New Zealand.

    International

    The International group is the face of ENZ around the world. It develops and maintains key relationships with governments, organisations and international stakeholders, and leads ENZ’s engagement globally for enhanced education cooperation.

    As in-market experts, the group drives the flow of market intelligence and targeted advice to ENZ’s other teams. They support New Zealand institutions overseas, and work at offshore fairs and events to promote and enhance New Zealand's education brand.

    Corporate Services 

    The Corporate Services group provides insightful analysis to the sector and ENZ, as well as delivering our strategic finance, budgeting and IT services. The group also leads ENZ's business operations' planning and performance.

    Government Relations 

    The Government Relations group engages with the Minister of Education and Government agencies, providing authoritative advice about international education to support and influence Government policy development and implementation.

    Marketing and Communications

    The Marketing and Communications group leads our creative direction and marketing, acts as custodian of the brand, and provides strategic external communications and PR to support the sector.

    We strive to facilitate a digital experience that embodies the Think New / I Am New brand. The ENZ digital eco-system is the first touchpoint for many prospective international students considering study with New Zealand. 

    People, Culture and Capability

    The People, Culture and Capability group focuses on making ENZ a great place to work. From recruitment and induction to safety and wellbeing, it ensures staff have the skills and information needed to do their jobs effectively.

    The group works with managers to give staff opportunities for professional development and leads work on ENZ’s culture.

     

     

    To get in touch with a member of the team, click here.

     

  • ENZ Facebook group connects international students

    The ENZ social media team has created #MyStudyinNZ Journey, a Facebook group for international students across New Zealand to connect, share upcoming events and meetups, ask questions and offer advice.

    ENZ Director of Student Experience, Hayley Shields, says the group is a space for international students to support one another while also offering ENZ valuable learnings about the types of information they need. Plans are in place for a similar group on WeChat to be launched later in the year.

    “This idea has come out of our student experience research where students told us they value the advice of other students. Facebook communities provide an easy forum for our international students to connect.” 

    To ensure the Facebook group is entirely student-focussed, ENZ has recruited a group of domestic and international students to act as moderators. They will ensure students get the information they need while maintaining the group atmosphere as a safe and positive space.

    One of the Facebook moderators, Pritchard Mukuka, says, “For me, this group means bringing home, security and comfort to fellow international students to make their study and stay as pleasant as possible.”

    How education providers can get involved

    Please share the Facebook group details with your international students and encourage them to join up.

    If you would like to share information about events taking place at your institution with the group, please email ENZ International Social Engagement Manager, Olivia Silverwood, on olivia.silverwood@enz.govt.nz

  • ENZ welcomes restart of PM's Scholarships for Asia and Latin America

    Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced that Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ) is restarting the Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia and Latin America, initially for group programmes only.

    The Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia and Latin America support New Zealanders to undertake life-changing international learning experiences through study, language and internship opportunities. 

    Since 2013, the programme has supported more than 2,400 New Zealanders to broaden their horizons and gain experience in Asia or Latin America. 

    The upcoming round will be open for group applications from 21 March – 2 May 2022. New Zealand universities, wānanga, institutes of technology and polytechnics, private training establishments, iwi and other educational organisations are invited to apply on behalf of a group of students. 

    “After two years of disruption due to COVID-19, we are thrilled to now be in a position to open a group scholarship round", says ENZ's Global Citizens Manager Carla Rey Vasquez. 

    “For Prime Minister's Scholars, the experience is truly transformational. Recipients develop their global citizenship through growing cultural understanding, developing language skills, learning about culture, business and trade practices in Asia and Latin America, and building lifelong friendships and networks.  

    “This benefits all New Zealanders, as upon their return the scholars are tasked with building on those reciprocal relationships, sharing the learning, and taking action to strengthen and foster the growth of local and global communities. 

    “Our scholars come from a wide range of backgrounds and all walks of life, and we see countless examples of alumni who have used their Prime Minister's Scholarship experience to make a positive impact through their careers and communities.” 

    One of those alumni is Denym Bird, whose Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia took him in 2014 to study at Hong Kong's prestigious City University. At age 29, Denym is now living in Amsterdam and running his own business. Denym credits his scholarship experience with helping him cultivate international relationships and understand how the world works outside of New Zealand.

    Image: Denym Bird, a Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia recipient, in Hong Kong

    “Developing an understanding of other cultures has been super valuable as I’ve developed my career and my business. And travelling at a relatively young age with the scholarship gave me a tremendous amount of confidence. All of this has contributed to me being able to set up business on my own.” 

    ENZ has chosen to initially open the scholarships to group applications only with the health and safety of participants in mind. Group programmes involve a higher level of oversight and will allow both education providers and government agencies to offer on-the-ground support to participants while on programme in Asia or Latin America. 

    Group programmes also allow individual participants to be recruited by education providers closer to the time of travel, when there is likely to be greater clarity on travel restrictions and safety. Flexibility will be built into this round, and travel will only take place once it is safe to do so. ENZ anticipates most groups will embark on their programmes in 2023. 

    "Safety of our participants continues to be our top priority throughout all stages of the scholarship programme", says Carla. “We have robust risk management systems and emergency procedures in place, the ability to monitor the changing global conditions as well as resources and tools to support recipients on programme. We will be working with other government agencies, as well as our own staff located in Asia and Latin America, to ensure that our Prime Minister's Scholars are well looked after throughout their scholarship experience.” 

    Currently enrolled students who are interested in taking part in a group programme should enquire with their education provider's international office to check if there are opportunities available.

    For more information about the group scholarship round, including how to apply, click here.

     

    Education providers can also learn more by registering for the following webinars:

    Asia Market update

    Date: Thursday 24th of March 2:30pm- 4pm NZT

    Description: Join us for an update about what is happening across Asia and the opportunities for outbound mobility. We will cover tips, key considerations and strategies for establishing partnerships offshore that increase the impact of your outbound scholarship programmes. The meeting will include a half hour country specific session.

    Link:  https://enz.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvf-CppzItGNx86LKroP8qKSsu3LYtB7jy

    Latin America Market update

    Date: Friday 25th of March, 9am- 10:30am NZT

    Description: Join us for an update about what is happening across Latin America and the opportunities for outbound mobility. We will cover tips, key considerations and strategies for establishing partnerships offshore that increase the impact of your outbound scholarship programmes.

    Link:  https://enz.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kf-uvrTkjHNV95MeQWbE3TwaoemcH4nHp

    Scholarship 101:

    Date: Friday 25th of March 12- 1pm NZT

    Description: New to the Prime Minister's Scholarship to Asia and Latin America? Come and find out what the programme is all about and how your organization can make the most of the opportunities available.

    Link:    https://enz.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqf-mhqz0tEtLYMvgPEOqb0AN6QcY1NK-D

     

  • Reminder of new data collection requirements

    Private Training Establishments who do not receive SAC and/or Youth Guarantee funding from the Tertiary Education Commission, and are also signatories to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students are reminded that they are required to submit new data on their international students from 31 March 2016.

    The August 2015 change to the Private Training Establishment (PTE) Registration Rules made it a condition of PTE registration to submit specific data to the Ministry of Education.

    Consultation with exempted PTEs

    A temporary exemption was granted to PTEs that provide English Language training only. For further information on the exemption please refer to the NZQA website.

    An independent facilitator, Pania Gray of Kororā Consulting, is consulting with exempted PTEs on their approach to the new data collection requirements. Pania is consulting with exempted PTEs who are members of English New Zealand, via this representative body. Exempted PTEs who are not members of English New Zealand, and who would like to discuss the issues with Pania, are invited to contact her at: pania@kororaconsulting.co.nz.

    Background about the data collection project

    The Ministry of Education, Education New Zealand and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) have been working on a project which will gather better information from Unfunded International Education Providers (UIPs) using an automated data collection system.

    The aim of the data collection project is to provide better market insights and analysis, and more targeted risk assessments, that will to help inform plans and activities relating to international education.

    Good data and in-market intelligence can influence government strategy and policy, and enable informed data-driven decisions to be made. These decisions can work to the benefit of international education providers, international students and the wider international education industry.

    More about the data and how to submit it

    The UIP Data Collection – SMS Specification document explains which providers are required to submit data and how the data must be submitted.

    Further information is available on the Services for Tertiary Organisations (STEO) website.

    If you have any questions, or need clarification on who the exemption applies to, please email UIP.Datacollection@education.govt.nz.

    The rule change took effect on 1 March 2016 and the new data must be submitted from 31 March 2016. If you require assistance with setting up the data return, please email UIP.Datacollection@education.govt.nz.

  • New student registration at Chinese embassy

    In order for a New Zealand qualification to be recognised in China, students previously requested a “Certificate for the Returned Overseas Students or Scholars” from either the education section of Chinese Embassy or Chinese Consulates in Auckland or Christchurch.

    However, from 1 July, students are required to register online with the education section of the Chinese Embassy when they arrive in New Zealand in order to receive their certificate when they complete their qualification. The registration system also allows students in New Zealand to share their contact details with the Embassy in case of an emergency. 

    The education section of the Chinese Embassy has asked Education New Zealand to inform institutions of this change in process, and encourage institutions to tell Chinese students to register online. Students should visit http://www.chinanz-education.org to register.

    Please contact Aaron Zhao (Secondary Secretary, Education Section of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in New Zealand) for more information: aaronzl@163.com

  • UIP data collection: go-live 31 March

    There is a temporary exemption from the new requirements for providers that offer only English language training, but any UIP that provides English language training only may still use the UIP data collection system to return data if they wish to do so.

    The new system is an outcome of the recent change to Rule 5.1.3 of the Private Training Establishment Registration Rules 2013, making the requirement to submit information to the Ministry of Education using a new automated data system a condition of PTE registration. 

    For more information about the data and how to submit it, follow these links:

    If you have any questions, please email UIP.Datacollection@education.govt.nz.

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