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  • Six months in Singapore

    The campus at NTU is truly amazing and the facilities are something to behold. I enrolled in classes at Nanyang Business School (NBS) and the school of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). While there were a few language barriers initially, I learnt early on that I would need to speak slower – though at times my professors still struggled with my accent.

    Outside of classes, I played hockey in the Singaporean National Hockey League, which enabled me to meet new people and stay healthy. I loved getting to know my teammates, although playing in the 40-degree heat with 100% humidity was torturous at times!

    My biggest highlight abroad was taking part in FINEX, a financial competition crossed with the amazing race. I teamed up with two other exchange students to undertake finance-related challenges at locations throughout Singapore and we were fortunate enough to finish runners-up! The competition was a great introduction to Singapore and was an excellent opportunity to meet local students and learn more about the Lion City.

    Singapore is a diverse, modern, multi-cultural hub of the ASEAN bloc and was an ideal place to become accustomed to Singaporean, Indonesian, Malay, Indian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese practices first-hand. I gained invaluable exposure to a diverse group of people while on exchange. I became close friends with my Chinese roommate and even learned Mandarin from him.

    I travelled extensively throughout most of North and Southeast Asia, visiting friends and immersing myself in their different languages and cultures. Being able to experience these environments first-hand was incredible, and I developed a greater appreciation for a wide array of cultures, customs, traditions and etiquettes. It highlighted the need to be tolerant, patient and respectful of distinct ethnicities and their customs – traits that will prove invaluable for me going forward in both my personal and professional endeavours.

    "While I learnt a lot about the places I travelled to while abroad, I also learnt a lot about myself."

    Bagan Archaeological Zone, Mandalay, Myanmar.

    Bagan Archaeological Zone, Mandalay, Myanmar.

    I now feel more comfortable making connections with people from Asia as I have had the opportunity to develop extensive knowledge of the region. Trade and business prospects between New Zealand and ASEAN nations are extremely promising. However, my experience taught me that these economic relationships must be accompanied by education and an adequate understanding of the cultural dynamics underpinning them. It is so important to approach different cultures, traditions and practices with respect and an open mind. If we are able to do that, New Zealand’s relationship with Asian nations will grow remarkably.

    While I learnt a lot about the places I travelled to while abroad, I also learnt a lot about myself. I feel my exchange made me more well-rounded and receptive to others and their ideas. I also feel more driven and motivated to get up each day and make a meaningful difference. My experiences abroad made me realise how fortunate we are in New Zealand and the extent to which we can both learn from and give back to our neighbours in Asia.

    I cannot express how grateful I am for the opportunities this award has presented me. The PMSA is a tremendous scheme and I am so appreciative for being given such a great head start.

    Hugh Holland in Shanghai, China.

    Hugh at The Bund, Shanghai, China.

  • US students arrive in New Zealand

    Amy Rutherford, ENZ’s Director of Education, North America, said studying in New Zealand will be a life-changing experience for these students, and will hopefully create more Kiwi ambassadors in the US.

    “We’re working hard in the US to raise the profile of New Zealand as a high-quality education destination, and authentic stories from students who have studied in New Zealand are a great way to do that,” said Amy.

    “We also want to see a more diverse group of US students having overseas experiences, and these scholarships are an excellent first step.”

    Taylor Weckstein, one of the recipients of the GSA Awards, is studying at the University of Otago. She chose New Zealand as a way to follow in her grandfather’s tracks – literally. After learning about the great hikes he did in New Zealand many years ago, she wanted to share the experience.

    US student Josh Golden, the recipient of the Go Overseas New Zealand scholarship, has also begun his semester at the University of Canterbury. As a marine science major with biology and environmental science minors, he wants to explore the geography and wildlife of New Zealand.

    “I am simultaneously excited and nervous. I expect to be mesmerized by New Zealand’s natural beauty and culture. I can’t wait to live as a Kiwi this semester!” 

    Gilman Scholar Angel Geller has also arrived in New Zealand. Her scholarship came from a partnership between ENZ and the US Department of State, which is aimed at diversifying the kinds of students studying internationally.

    Angel will explore Māori culture and tribal politics at the University of Waikato and compare them with her experience growing up with UmonHon, her indigenous tribe in Nebraska.

    “I did extensive research to find a host site with indigenous-relevant classes on topics from history to language. The University of Waikato has this, as well as resources on how to connect with community members, and a significant Māori student population who I will have as my peers,” said Angel.

    You can follow the study adventures of our Kiwi Ambassadors on the Study in New Zealand Instagram, YouTube and Blog.

    For more information on scholarships for US students please contact ENZ’s US team, Amy Rutherford or Alanna Dick.

    New assets on the Brand Lab

    Want to share scholarship information with your US partners? Visit the Brand Lab and search under "USA" and "Study Abroad" keywords to find two scholarship flyers and education and lifestyle PDFs designed for US students and advisors.

    Share your student stories

    Do you have interesting student stories or scholarship winners on your campus? ENZ is always looking for student profiles to share through our social and marketing platforms. Please contact Lucy Johnston, ENZ Senior Communications Advisor.

  • International students welcomed to the capital

    More than 300 students from over 20 countries attended the official welcome to New Zealand’s coolest little capital last week.

    The event was held at the Michael Fowler Centre and organised by WREDA (Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency).

    Wellington City Mayor Justin Lester was on hand to give the students a warm welcome alongside current international student Khang (Kyle) Phan from Massey University.

    The students learned about Kiwi culture through a series of interactive and fun activities. Students were introduced to Māori culture with a Kapa Haka performance from local Wellington group, Te Kapa Haka o Pukehuia. They also had a chance to cuddle puppies and bunnies with SPCA staff, learn juggling and tricks from the Circus Hub, try on police vests and hats and have a go at rugby alongside a few Hurricanes players.

    As well as celebrating Kiwi culture, the event was a chance to celebrate students’ own cultural backgrounds. Many prizes were given out on the day including a free helicopter tour to the student who was judged best dressed in the traditional clothes of their home country.

    Chloe Kincaid, WREDA Project Coordinator for the event said that international students are an important part of the Wellington community.

    “Each year, thousands of international students find a second home in Wellington, bringing a rich cultural diversity to our schools and community,” said Chloe.

    “This event is another way for Wellington to welcome and celebrate all of our wonderful international students.”

    Wellington student welcome

  • Owairoa Primary celebrates Chinese New Year

    Owairoa’s Year 6 students met parents at the door with a Chinese New Year greeting (Xin nian kuai le). The parents then celebrated the Year of the Dog with party poppers, a Happy New Year song, a red velvet cake, and a film explaining the customs and traditions of the Chinese New Year.

    Several international parents spoke at the event, sharing their experience of coming to New Zealand – particularly to Owairoa Primary.

    Principal Alan McIntyre said the concept of tūrangawaewae (‘a place to stand’) is embedded in Owairoa Primary School, with its focus on creating an inclusive place for all cultures to be one Owairoa “family”.

    “Our school has a constant flow of Chinese international students throughout the year, and we make a big effort to make them feel welcome and included.

    “In celebrating Chinese New Year, we are engaging with our international parents, while also encouraging New Zealand students to think globally and to become more Asia aware.”

    Owairoa Primary School has spent the past few years nurturing a sister-school relationship with the Zhongshan Whamposa International Education Group (ZWIE) in China.

    "Our interactions have been of immense benefit to our students, teachers and parents."

    In 2017, ZWIE Principal Jason Tsui led more than 50 students and staff members to Owairoa for a two-week visit.

    The Chinese students joined their Kiwi peers in classes including Kapa Haka, sport, ceramics, art, cooking and ICT, while the Chinese teachers learned about the New Zealand curriculum, classroom management strategies and teaching resources.

    “Our interactions have been of immense benefit in increasing the Asia awareness in our students, teachers and parents alike,” said Alan McIntyre.

    “A number of our local host families have maintained friendships with the Chinese students, with some even planning to visit them back in China in future.”

    Owairoa

     

  • Ara student’s volunteering experience

    Sas has been involved in the Christchurch Youth Council’s Civics focus group, is an International Student Representative for the Ara Student Council, and is the Student Representative for Engineering, representing his classmates at the Engineering New Zealand Canterbury Committee meetings each month.

    He has found that volunteering is great for networking and considering his future career options.

    “I love it because it’s study-related, and I get to meet a lot of industry people,” Sas said.

    “It’s been good for developing my communication skills, and public speaking. Currently I’m doing my final year project on recycled concrete but I’ve also talked to the City Council to see if there’s any research they want me to do for them. It’s good to do industry projects.”

    In future, Sas is interested in working with Engineers without Borders.

    “I’d love the opportunity to go to the Pacific Islands and use the knowledge I’ve learned so far to help build structures and give back to those communities.”

    Lynda Clegg from the Ara Careers Centre believes students can find great value in volunteering.

    “Volunteering offers a range of opportunities for students including building on their employability skills, gaining experience in an area of interest, contributing to the community and enhancing their CV,” said Clegg.

    Ara organised a Student Volunteer Expo earlier this month to connect students to volunteering with a variety of organisations, including Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army and SPCA.

  • 11 million engagements across channels

    Patrick Holden, ENZ’s Digital Media Project Manager, said this makes it ENZ's single largest marketing campaign yet.

    “We are really pleased with how ENZ’s ‘Future Proof’ campaign has been tracking since its launch on 19 March,” he said.

     New Zealand was ranked the #1 country in the world for educating students for the future, according to a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released late last year.

    On 19 March, ENZ launched an eight-week global campaign to promote the ranking and encourage international students to sign-up to ENZ’s database marketing programme.

    The first ‘dream’ phase of the campaign focused on awareness.

    “We reached over 30 million people and have had 11,757,000 engagements across our digital and social ecosystem.

    “This is the largest qualified audience ENZ has ever achieved in a single campaign.”

    The second phase of the campaign started on 1 April and is focussed on converting the audience into enquiries to institutions. Ten days in, 11,600 referrals have been made.

    The ‘Future proof’ campaign integrates ENZ’s social communities and digital channels via ENZ’s student attraction engine and is the first campaign integrated with the database marketing platform.

    The third ‘decide’ phase will introduce the My StudyNZ member centre tool for which we received excellent feedback from the pilot prospective student group.

  • Japanese students join Kiwi flight school

    The students came from Kinjo Gakuin University in Nagoya, Japan and studied a short course specially designed for them. In addition to New Zealand School of Tourism’s flight attending course, they also had a session from Cut Above Academy about hair and makeup training, as immaculate grooming is an essential part of the job.

    Shizuko Ozaki, a teacher from Kinjo Gakuin University, said the girls loved their time at the airport campus, and were impressed with the school’s facilities – including offering training onboard a real plane.

     “They enjoyed the hands-on learning and the practical aspect of the training on the 737 aircraft. The trainer was fantastic with our students, she made the learning easy for them to understand and follow. They also enjoyed interacting with the other classes and they felt very comfortable and welcomed on campus.”

     New Zealand School of Tourism frequently creates bespoke programmes for international groups.

     New Zealand student Armani Young said having international groups at the college was a bonus for everyone involved. She said it gave the trainers the opportunity to learn about other cultures, and the international students the chance to experience life in New Zealand.

     “Our class also loved interacting with the Japanese group. They were quiet and shy at first, but soon became comfortable and had fun interacting with us. It was great to share our culture with them.”

  • Have your say on major review of education

    There are several ways people can become involved in the Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga.

    People can offer their thoughts on the future of education using the simple online public survey at https://conversation.education.govt.nz/and engage on social media using the hashtag #EdConvo18.

    The Ministry of Education has been working with stakeholder groups across the sector to identify possible participants for two Education Summit events being held next month – in Christchurch on 5-6 May and Auckland on 12-13 May.

    Some 3,000 nominations have been received for the total of 1,600 spaces at the events. Invitations are going out this week to people representing the full breadth of the sector and the wider community, including students.

    Fiona Weightman, the Ministry’s Group Manager Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, said that not everyone who wishes to will be able to participate directly in the Summit events as numbers have to be limited due primarily to venue capacity.

    “In acknowledgement of this, there will also be regional opportunities after the Summit events for local communities to share their ideas and continue the kōrero.”

  • Around the world in five

    IRELAND
    Ireland to create new technological universities
    Ten of Ireland’s 14 institutes of technology are working together to merge and set up four new technological universities focused on science and technology programmes by September 2018.
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    COLOMBIA
    Colombia hopes peace can attract postgraduates
    The ongoing peace process has given new impetus to the country’s efforts to attract international students, with the Colombia Scholarship scheme for postgraduate students doubling its budget and inviting 110 applications.
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    INDONESIA
    University sector to open to 100 percent foreign ownership
    Indonesia’s university sector will open to 100 percent foreign investment, including allowing foreign universities to open local campuses, according to the head of the country’s investment board.
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    UK
    Alliance needed on student mental health
    A student mental health report has prompted a group of stakeholders in the education sector to call for more collaboration to improve mental health of students, including international students.
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    CHINA
    App designed to help protect Chinese students abroad
    A private company has launched an app to provide a range of security, travel and emergency support services to Chinese international students in New Zealand, US, Australia, Cambodia and Israel.
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  • ENZ signs education arrangement with Atsugi city

    The arrangement was signed between ENZ, the Atsugi City Council and the Atsugi City Board of Education at the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo on 5 April. 

    The signing was preceded by a two-day visit to Wellington by an Atsugi City Board of Education delegation in late March. They met ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson, Deputy Mayor of Wellington Jill Day and visited secondary schools.   

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    ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson with Atsugi City Board of Education Superintendent Takaharu Soda in Wellington

    Already there are tangible results from the signing. Atsugi city is making plans to send a group of junior high school students on a 10-day study visit in August to Wainuiomata High School, Wellington.

     Misa Kitaoka, ENZ’s Senior Market Development Manager – Japan, said Atsugi city is keen to provide more opportunities for Atsugi’s school students as well as English teachers for teacher training in New Zealand.

    Atsugi city will also act as a host town for New Zealand under the Japanese government’s initiative to promote exchanges between Japanese cities and the countries participating in the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

    The education cooperation arrangement is the first of its kind between a Japanese host town and guest country.

    Adele Bryant, ENZ’s Regional Director for China and North Asia, said the arrangement will strengthen the education relationship.

    “Atsugi city has begun organising a range of activities to foster a strong relationship between the city and New Zealand in sport, culture and education.

    “The arrangement has highlighted the range of education exchange initiatives that we could further promote as part of Japan’s ongoing internationalisation agenda leading up to and after the 2020 Olympics,” Adele said. 

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