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Korea and New Zealand sign historic agreement
On 23rd February, New Zealand hosted a Korea-New Zealand education Joint Working Group (JWG) in Wellington, where a delegation of Korean education officials met with officials from the Ministry of Education (MOE), the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and ENZ to exchange policy updates and sign a Joint Recognition Statement – a landmark document regarding senior secondary school qualifications in both countries.
The statement follows the Comparison of Senior Secondary School Qualifications, a joint research report which concluded that the Korean High School Certificate and the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 3 are broadly comparable.
New Zealand Secretary of Education Iona Holsted said the signing of the statement will support higher education institutions in both countries to make decisions about these qualifications, with the potential to open up study opportunities for young Kiwis and Koreans.
“The joint statement is a step towards our students being able to have previous qualifications more easily recognised abroad and will provide access to further study that has traditionally been difficult to access.
“While there is still more to do, I’m looking forward to seeing the shared benefits for both countries,” Ms Holsted said.
NZQA Chief Executive Dr Karen Poutasi said the Recognition Statement and research report are a result of the two countries’ collaborative work under the Education Cooperation Arrangement, signed in 2009.
“The statement is the first of its kind signed by Korea and is a sign of confidence in the quality of education in both countries,” said Dr Poutasi.
“The joint research report has helped to promote a shared understanding of the Republic of Korea and New Zealand’s education systems and curricula. We look forward to further dialogue between our two countries.”
Poutasi now hopes to see more Korean students coming to study in New Zealand, and vice versa.
US students: Adventurers and Future Makers
When talking to American students, Lewis found that most held positive views of New Zealand, but lacked any specific details of what study in New Zealand involved. It got him thinking about the four international student personas and, for the most part, Lewis said US study abroad students fall into two categories – Adventurers and Future Makers.
“Adventurers are students who see study abroad as an opportunity to experience new things and places, and to have fun while learning more about themselves,” explained Lewis.
“Most of my time with these students was spent mapping out the closest mountains to their university of choice, or explaining how to road trip around the country.“Adventurers are students who see study abroad as an opportunity to experience new things and places, and to have fun while learning more about themselves,” explained Lewis.
“They’re an easy sell for New Zealand but there were a number of other students who weren’t as convinced.”
Lewis believes this second group of students are in the Future Maker category. For them, career outcomes are top of mind, and education is seen as the road to get there. Lewis said these students were concerned that New Zealand’s appeal to thrill-seekers meant that the academic components wouldn’t be up to standard.
“For these students, study abroad is a serious opportunity. Beautiful pictures of Fiordland aren’t enough – they need cold, hard facts of New Zealand’s high quality education.
“Because of the perception of New Zealand as a place for outdoor adventure, many students were surprised to hear that they could study subjects like mechanical engineering, IT or physiotherapy in New Zealand, and that all universities ranked in the top 3% in the world.
“They also had many enquiries about internship opportunities and programmes that combine study and work experience.”
Lewis also saw that alumni play a powerful role in this market.
"At one fair, alumni from the University of Southern California were key in piquing the interest of their fellow students, sharing that their courses in New Zealand were cross-credited, and that the Tongariro crossing was just as beautiful as the pictures.
“That’s the balance needed – students who are able to attest to both the academic rigour of courses in New Zealand and the adventure opportunities.”
Successful Brazil media famil
Media familiarisation trips are a great way for journalists from our key markets to develop a better understanding of New Zealand’s education system, possible study options, and the experiences of international students.
The journalists received a warm welcome from education providers in Wellington, Canterbury, Hawke's Bay and Auckland – thank you very much to everyone involved. Special thanks also to our regional education partners, especially Brook Pannell (Wellington), Bree Loverich (Canterbury), Steph Kennard (Hawke’s Bay) and Nick Arnott (Auckland).
There were around 3,000 Brazilian students in New Zealand in 2015, and on this trip the journalists met Brazilian students and staff everywhere they went – which was a great way to build relationships and showcase the opportunities for students here.
The famil is a long-term investment in promoting international education – but two very positive articles have already been published by Camila on Exame.com, the online content and news portal of Exame Magazine, which is the largest and most influential business and economy publication in Brazil:
Esta é a cidade da Nova Zelândia mais promissora para engenheiros (This is the most promising city for engineers)
A Nova Zelândia quer atrair mais profissionais de tecnologia (New Zealand wants to attract more technology professionals)
NAFSA’s Dr Esther Brimmer to address NZIEC 2017
Her keynote address, ‘Connecting people to change the world’, will explore the ways in which international educators can build bridges across professional and political lines to keep our societies open and welcoming.
Drawing on recent developments in the United States, Dr Brimmer will outline the initiatives being undertaken by the NAFSA community to foster increased support for international education and will suggest a framework for action that can be applied by international educators the world over.
ENZ Chief Executive, Grant McPherson, said it was wonderful that Dr Brimmer would speak at NZIEC 2017.
“Dr Brimmer operates at the highest levels in the United States government and internationally, and offers unique levels of influence and expertise,” he said.
“We look forward to her insights on how we can forge greater global connectivity through international education.”
With over 10,000 members in more than 150 countries, NAFSA is the world’s largest non-profit association dedicated to international education and exchange. The 2017 NAFSA conference will be held in Los Angeles 28 May to 2 June. At NAFSA, Dr Brimmer is at the forefront of efforts to promote global connectivity through international education and exchange.
Dr Brimmer’s distinguished career has included three appointments within the U.S. Department of State, serving most recently as the Assistant Secretary for International Organisation Affairs.
Dr Brimmer has also held positions at George Washington University, Council on Foreign Relations, Johns Hopkins University, College of Europe, Carnegie Commission, Democratic Study Group in the U.S. House of Representatives, and McKinsey & Company. She earned her Doctorate from Oxford University.
We’ll be making more speaker announcements before registrations open in May. Stay tuned!
NZIEC and the future of China student recruitment
Mr Zhou Chenggang is president and chief executive officer of New Oriental Education and Technology Group, one of China’s largest student recruitment agencies.
In his keynote address, President Zhou will outline some of the key trends curently shaping student recruitment from China and highlight what the future will have in store for New Zealand international student recruiters.
Alex Grace, ENZ Regional Director for Greater China and North Asia, said, “New Oriental has longstanding partnerships with schools and tertiary institutions across New Zealand. We’re looking forward to hearing President Zhou’s insights on the future of the Chinese student market and implications for New Zealand international education marketers.”
During his more than 30-year career in the education sector, President Zhou has been awarded the Leader in Chinese Educational Enterprise and Outstanding Individual in Education Industry in 2011-2013 awards, and was the 2010 Person of the Year (Tencent, Global News, and Beijing Morning Post).
Get ready to reserve your place at the international education event of the year! Registrations for NZIEC 2017 will open on Wednesday 17 May.
Crowdsource your NZIEC 2017 experience
Alongside the usual presentations, workshops and panel discussions, we’re introducing crowdsource cafés.
Crowdsource cafés are designed to harness the collective intelligence of the group. Rather than listening to ‘a sage on the stage’, these interactive sessions will see you working with others to brainstorm and problem solve.
“Crowdsource cafés are a neat way to explore the breadth and depth of experience and insights from professionals across our industry,” says Sam Mackay, ENZ Strategic Projects Manager.
“You’ll connect with other delegates, share challenges, learn what others are doing, and come away with new ideas and inspiration you can implement.”
“To make the most of these sessions, come prepared to share your insights, tips and best practice with fellow participants,” says Sam.
"We’ll also be announcing three new session formats in the lead-up to August. Stay tuned!"
GP practice for international students
Caring Clinic is focused on meeting the needs of international students and migrants from Asia, providing services in Cantonese and Mandarin as well as English, and offers innovative services including Skype consultations after hours and e-prescriptions.
The new clinic has been welcomed by the Auckland Agency Group (AAG), a cross-agency collaboration of central and local government agencies formed to lead communication with international student groups, ethnic communities and providers in Auckland.
Hayley Shields, ENZ’s Director of Student Experience and Chair of AAG, said the new clinic reflects the shift to make support services more attuned to students’ cultural needs.
“More than 60 per cent of international student enrolments are in Auckland, and it’s important for students to be able to access culturally appropriate healthcare services.
“This is one of the key objectives in the New Zealand International Student Wellbeing Strategy.”
Dr Jessie Liu and Dr Ruoh Sim, the two principal doctors at Caring Clinic, came to New Zealand as teenagers and both studied medicine at Otago University.
Draft International Education Strategy released
A group of about 75 international students and staff, along with representatives of education providers and key local and central government agencies, were present at Auckland University of Technology last Friday where Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith officially launched the draft strategy.
The draft strategy sets out the government’s vision that international education will continue to contribute to a vibrant and prosperous New Zealand, and outlines the proposed actions the government will take to support a sustainable, high quality international education sector that delivers net benefits to New Zealand.
The draft strategy was developed with input from the wider sector, including an online survey and a series of workshops in 2016, to identify future challenges and opportunities. ENZ and the Ministry of Education are leading the strategy development.
The draft strategy can be found here, alongside options for providing feedback, including an online survey, a series of workshops for the sector, and a session on the draft strategy during the NZIEC conference in August.
We welcome feedback on the draft strategy and the vision, goals and actions that it recommends. Consultation will close on 31 August 2017. The strategy will be finalised and an implementation plan developed for launch towards the end of the year.
Thank you to everyone who has participated in this work to date, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on the draft strategy.
One million reasons to follow Study in New Zealand
The SiNZ social media community includes Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, WeChat, Instagram and Snapchat.
Olivia Silverwood, ENZ’s International Social Communities Manager, said while the one million milestone is a big achievement, the engagement from followers is just as good a reason to celebrate.
“In the education sector, even 1% engagement is seen as successful. Over the past 12 months, we have seen an average 8% engagement with Study in New Zealand’s social media content,” said Olivia.
“We know our followers are engaged and enthusiastic about New Zealand education and it’s positive to see results reflect this.”
Engagement is a measure of how users interact with content, such as sharing a Facebook post, retweeting a tweet, ‘favourite’ an Instagram image or clicking a link to a website. Social media engagement is an important metric as it indicates how effective content is.
To further measure the effectiveness of the social media activity, Olivia has benchmarked the SiNZ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts against competitors, including Study in Australia, Study in the UK, Education in Ireland, Study Melbourne, Study in Canada and Study in the States.
“SiNZ consistently outranks all competitors’ Facebook and Instagram pages in terms of followers, follower growth, reach and engagement,” said Olivia.
“Our Twitter pages also outrank competitors in all areas except followers, where we are second to Education in Ireland.
“This is a fantastic space to be in and we aim to stay at the top.”
Olivia added that SiNZ wouldn’t have been able to achieve these great results without the student stories from institutions.
“There’s always an opportunity to collaborate more with our institutions’ social media team members,” she said.
If you’re interested in joining a social media working group, please email email@example.com.
In the meantime, keep an eye on the SiNZ Facebook page to see how the milestone is being celebrated.
Around the world in five
Canadian language programmes register modest growth in 2016
The number of students enrolled in Canadian language programmes increased by 1 percent in 2016 even as student weeks fell by 5 percent, according to a Languages Canada survey. The survey report noted that language students looking to work during study were more likely to choose Australia or New Zealand, where work and study is facilitated, as compared to Canada, where off-campus work during language study is prohibited.
UK’s net migration position under pressure
Calls for a rethink on net migration targets and the inclusion of international students within that target were mounting on all sides of the UK political spectrum on August 24. As the latest news that 97 percent of international students leave after their studies filtered through, MPs and business leaders stepped up calls for Theresa May to protect the UK’s international education industry and rethink the inclusion of international students in net migration figures.
Hotcourses embeds TNE into course searches
Study search platform Hotcourses has expanded its offering to include a transnational education course search. Over 3,000 programmes from 432 education providers are offered in the new expansion, allowing students to search for courses in their own country, or overseas, with a degree awarded from a foreign university.
US reduces visa operations in Russia
The United States has suspended all visa operations in Russia for one week and from September will only provide visa services from the US Embassy in Moscow and not at other consulates, a move likely to cause disruption for Russian agents and students. The move follows the Russian government's recent order to cut the American diplomatic mission staff by 755 people.
Hong Kong’s ESF raises fees as government funding phased out
Year 2 pupils are the latest year group to face an additional fee payment of US$2,200 this year at English Schools Foundation (ESF), one of Hong Kong’s largest providers of English-medium education, as a result of the removal of a large government grant. ESF, which operates 22 schools across Hong Kong, teaching 17,600 students, is in its second consecutive year of phasing out the grant money it received from the government, which totalled US$36.5 million annually.