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  • New student forum for NauMai NZ WeChat mini programme

    Education New Zealand’s NauMai NZ platform is designed to inform, support and empower international students.

    A WeChat mini programme – an app designed for the WeChat ecosystem popular with Chinese students – has extended NauMai NZ’s reach, attracting over 12,000 users in its first year.

    The NauMai NZ WeChat mini programme helps students make the most of their New Zealand experience, with advice on everything from finding a part-time job and knowing their rental rights to looking after their wellbeing and understanding Kiwi English. There are also stories from students about their lives – for instance, people sharing ideas on what to do during their summer in New Zealand.

    “We know that Chinese students prefer to connect with each other in their language, on the WeChat channel they trust,” says Faymie Li, Senior Advisor for Student Experience at ENZ.

    “We’re delighted to see how much they enjoy this digital platform and how quickly it’s growing. It’s great to be able to connect Chinese students to each other and to people who’re willing to help them out.”

    The WeChat mini programme has now run six livestreams hosted by experts, alumni and current international students on topics including employability, how to grow your network, and mental health and wellbeing. Students tuning in to watch can use the chat feature to ask questions.

    The livestreams have attracted a total of nearly 3,000 live views with over 18,000 engagements during the live events and, so far, more than 1,000 views afterwards.

    The WeChat mini programme has now added a new forum so that Chinese students and alumni can better share their life and study experiences and support one another. The text-based, moderated forum allows students to have their questions answered by their peers.

    A group of international students have signed on as ambassadors for the WeChat forum, including alumni from the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia programme. One of the forum ambassadors, Mengdi Zhang, says she’s looking forward to connecting with newer students.

    “I am excited to be a student ambassador so that any students with unresolved questions can reach out. I can see my own past in the students’ questions, and I hope to help them through to a better experience in New Zealand,” she said.

    If you would like to know more about the NauMai NZ WeChat mini programme, contact faymie.li@enz.govt.nz. You can share it with others using the WeChat QR code.

  • Updated timeframe for the re-opening of New Zealand's borders

    Note: The information in this story was correct at the time of publication, however, some steps in New Zealand's border reopening plan have now been brought forward. Click here to check the current border reopening steps.

    “To slow the rapid spread we have seen overseas, we are pushing out the start of non-MIQ travel until the end of February 2022”, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said. 

    You can read the full announcement from the Government here.

    The Government has not yet announced the date from which any specific group of foreign nationals, such as international students, will be able to travel to New Zealand or apply for visas to do so.

    Until then, New Zealand’s current border settings will remain in place. Most people outside New Zealand cannot apply for a visa unless they have a border exception. There are limited border exceptions for international students.

    New Zealand suspended most offshore visa applications from August 2020 and that suspension currently extends to August 2022. The Government may decide to lift the suspension, in whole or in part, before August 2022 – in line with its decisions on the stages of the border re-opening.

    It is Education New Zealand’s view that it is better for international students, education providers and agents to wait for certainty on border entry conditions before making new plans or commitments to students.

    At this stage, in most cases, if international students who are now in New Zealand leave, they will not be able to return to the country for the start of the 2022 academic year. They will need to wait to apply for visas and to travel to New Zealand until the dates the Government sets for them to do so.

    At Education New Zealand we understand how much international students and education providers have been through during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will keep students and providers up to date with the Government’s decisions as they are announced.

    We are looking forward to welcoming international students back to New Zealand.

    More information

    Find out more about visas from Immigration New Zealand if: 

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  • ENZ unleashes the potential of Prime Minister’s Scholarships alumni

    The first-ever event for alumni of the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia and Latin America was hosted by Education New Zealand in November 2021.

    The scholarships, administered by ENZ, enable New Zealanders to study, research or intern in Asia or Latin America. Since 2013, more than 2,400 group and individual scholarships have been awarded.

    The virtual event – Hono Mai: a call to connect – drew together alumni from all walks of life, based in New Zealand and around the world.

    They heard guest speakers from the Asia New Zealand Foundation and the Latin America New Zealand Business Council, held speed networking sessions in small groups on the EventsAir platform, and joined in challenges and trivia questions.

    ENZ’s Global Citizens Manager, Carla Rey Vasquez, says the event was designed and driven by alumni, for alumni.

    “Our global citizenship work aims to equip New Zealanders with the competencies to engage with the wider world, build connections with people from other countries and cultures, and take action on the things that matter to them.

    “Alumni have so many rich, diverse relationships around the world which can be used to support and uplift each other. Hono Mai is about sharing those relationships to help alumni achieve their own goals within their own communities,” she says.

    One of the alumni involved in organising the event was Robyn Scrimshaw, who studied Chinese law and language in Shanghai with a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia in 2014.

    “Everyone had such a great experience on the trip; the event was about bringing that magic together and connecting everyone’s experiences in one place,” she says.

    Now working as an urban planner in Tauranga, Robyn still draws on her experience of “different perceptions of public and private spaces” in the Chinese cities she visited. 

    Plans are underway for more networking events for Prime Minister’s Scholarships alumni in 2022.

  • Patrick Au: a champion for international students

    Patrick is a registered psychiatric nurse and counsellor who migrated from Hong Kong in 1991.

    He has been working with Asian migrants and international students in primary and tertiary healthcare for more than 20 years – most recently as the Asian Mental Health Coordinator for the Auckland District Health Board. He is now moving into full-time private practice.

    ENZ’s Director of Student Experience and Global Citizens, Sahinde Pala, says Mr Au’s mahi (work) has been of incredible value to international students.

    “Patrick has worked tirelessly to highlight issues and barriers for international students in the mental health system and has been a trusted advisor as initiatives and policies have developed over the years.

    “He has been a respected member of the Auckland Agencies Group chaired by ENZ, which works on student wellbeing, and a key figure during the development of the International Student Wellbeing Strategy.

    “At ENZ we have also been privileged to be able to call on Patrick’s services as we develop new content for our NauMai NZ platform for international students in New Zealand.

    “We are sad to see him move on from the ADHB but grateful that he’s remaining in mental health support.

    “We would like to thank Patrick for his enormous contribution to the international student community over the years and wish him all the best for his next chapter,” says Ms Pala.

    He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata
    Kindness to all people is a great treasure

     

  • Showcasing New Zealand education at Expo Dubai

    Representatives from the University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand education technology company ByteEd and Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao met with key contacts and forged new relationships during their 22-25 January 2022 visit to the Expo.  

    Events were hosted at the New Zealand Pavilion, and the delegation invited education stakeholders to take a new look at what New Zealand education has to offer, including online and pathway options. Attendees heard more from New Zealand’s universities and vocational training sectors, learned about government-to-government opportunities, and met with innovative New Zealand EdTech companies working in the region.  The winners of the Global Kaitiakitanga Project, a sustainability-focused programme for New Zealand schools created by the NZ at Expo team and Young Enterprise (YES), also shared their student experience.   

    Guests at our events gained an insight into New Zealand’s unique cultural identity, with a tour through the New Zealand experience at the pavilion and performances from locally based kapa haka group Ngāti Koraha.  

    The leader of the education delegation, ENZ’s Regional Director, Americas, Middle East and Europe, Amy Rutherford, was interviewed by New Zealander Brandy Scott on the popular business breakfast show Dubai Eye. The interview aired on 24 January, to coincide with UNESCO’s International Day of Education.

    While in Dubai, the delegation took part in the launch of NCUK’s International Foundation Year (IFY) at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. The IFY programme will lead to UAE and other students from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and further afield studying at any of New Zealand’s eight universities in 2023 and beyond.  

    ENZ also held a workshop with delegates to look at ways to align our efforts in the GCC countries and wider Middle East region 

    Expo is the largest global event to take place since the Covid-19 pandemic began. As at the end of January, organisers had recorded 11,608,240 visits to Expo, and the New Zealand Pavilion had over 750,000 visitors.  

    “It was important for ENZ and delegation members to show up and tell the New Zealand education story to the world.  New Zealand remains keen to cooperate with partners on education, we have innovative ways to offer a New Zealand education, and we are looking forward to welcoming students to New Zealand again as soon as border restrictions allow,” Amy Rutherford says. 

    If you are interested to hear more about how ENZ can support your organisation’s approach in the region, please contact Bronwyn Shanks, ENZ’s Senior Advisor – Special Projects, Middle East and Europe, bronwyn.shanks@enz.govt.nz.

  • Upcoming offshore events related to international education – April 2022

     

    Dates  

    Event  

    Location  

    8 - 11 May 

    International Conference & Exhibition for Education (ICEE) 

    Organised by the Saudi Ministry of Education, the conference has this year opened to wider participation. ENZ will host a pavilion with New Zealand universities, English language schools, and EdTech companies.   

    Contact: Bronwyn Shanks 

     

    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 

    16 – 18 May 

    IECA Spring Conference 

    The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) is a not-for-profit, international professional association representing experienced independent educational consultants. ENZ plans to attend to develop networks of IECs. 

    Contact: Lewis Gibson 

     

    North America 

    22 May 

    Study with New Zealand Virtual Fair 

    A co-funded virtual exhibition between ENZ and one of our ENZRAs in Viet Nam, IDP. The online session will promote New Zealand as a high-quality study destination and offers an opportunity for New Zealand institutions to communicate directly with potential students and parents. 

    Contact: Van Banh 

     

    Viet Nam 

    29 May, 4, 5 June 

    Code Camps – Future Proof Interactive series 

    A series of five code camps for Vietnamese school students, in a collaboration between ENZ and Code Avengers.  The aim is to promote New Zealand’s future-proof education. 

    Contact: Van Banh 

     

    Viet Nam 

    31 May – 3 June 

    NAFSA: Association of International Educators annual conference 2022

    This is the largest international education conference in the world, and this year’s theme is 'Building Our Sustainable Future'. 

    Contact: Lewis Gibson 

     

    Denver, Colorado, USA 

    13-16 September 

    European Association for International Education (EAIE)

    EAIE is the largest business-to-business conference and international education event in Europe. This year’s theme is ‘The Future in Full Colour’. ENZ will host a pavilion with New Zealand universities and ITPs and run a networking event to engage with existing and new contacts face-to-face. 

    Contact: Olga Elli 

     

    Barcelona, Spain  

    14 – 15 September 

    Asia Pacific Technical Vocational Education and Training (APAC TVET) Forum 

    A partnership between ENZ, Te Pūkenga and Skills Consulting Group showcasing NZ vocational sector and its expertise. The forum will include academic and business-to-business/government-to-government elements, bringing together stakeholders across Asia and the Pacific to share expertise and capability. 

    Contact: Richard Kyle 

     

    Online –Asia and Pacific wide 

    21 – 29 October 

    China Education Expo (CEE) 

    Annual exhibition tour hosted by China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) since 2000. 

    This major conference and expo is the leading international education event in China. 

    Contact: Jane Liu 

     

    Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai 

  • Upcoming events related to international education – E-News May 2022 

     

    Dates  

    Event  

    Location  

    25 May - 1 July 

    Digital Student Cultural Exchange 

    NZ-Korea Digital Student Exchange Programme brings schools, communities and cultures together online. This is a co-funded programme along with government agencies in Seoul and Gangwon. 

    You can read more in this article from the Education Gazette: Digital exchanges a gift of culture sharing, global awareness – Education Gazette 

    Contact: Kyungah Lee 

     

    Korea 

    29 May, 4, 5 June 

    Code Camps – Future Proof Interactive series 

    A series of five code camps for Vietnamese school students, in a collaboration between ENZ and Code Avengers.  The aim is to promote New Zealand’s future-proof education. 

    Contact: Van Banh 

     

    Viet Nam 

    31 May – 3 June 

    NAFSA: Association of International Educators annual conference 2022.  

    This is the largest international education conference in the world, and this year’s theme is 'Building Our Sustainable Future'. 

    Contact: Lewis Gibson 

     

    Denver, Colorado, USA 

    14-15 June 

    Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) Conference 

    Conference for college admissions consultants. 

    Contact: DuBois Jennings 

     

    Denver, Colorado, USA 

    15-17 June 

    ICEF Conference 

    Annual conference for education providers from Australia and New Zealand to meet with student recruitment agents from around the world. 

    Contact: Agent.help@enz.govt.nz  

     

    Adelaide, Australia/ online 

    2,3 July 

    Duc Anh A&T: Global Education Fair 

    Information for prospective students 

    Contact: Van Banh 

     

    Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi, Viet Nam/online 

    7,9,10 July 

    IDP Overseas Study Exhibition 

    Information for prospective students 

    Contact: Van Banh 

     

    Da Nang, Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 

    10-11 August 

    EduTECH expo and Conference 

    Contact: Alana Pellow 

     

    Melbourne, Australia 

    15-19 August 

    New Zealand International Education Conference (NZIEC) 2022 

    The first conference for New Zealand’s international education sector since 2019 

    Contact: NZIEC@enz.govt.nz  

     

    Online 

    13-16 September 

    European Association for International Education (EAIE) 

    EAIE is the largest business-to-business conference and international education event in Europe. This year’s theme is ‘The Future in Full Colour’. ENZ will host a pavilion with New Zealand universities and ITPs and run a networking event to engage with existing and new contacts face-to-face. 

    Contact: Olga Elli 

     

    Barcelona, Spain  

    14 – 15 September 

    Asia Pacific Technical Vocational Education and Training (APAC TVET) Forum 

    A partnership between ENZ, Te Pūkenga and Skills Consulting Group showcasing NZ vocational sector and its expertise. The forum will include academic and business-to-business/government-to-government elements, bringing together stakeholders across Asia and the Pacific to share expertise and capability. 

    Contact: Richard Kyle 

     

    Online –Asia and Pacific wide 

    23 September 

    2022 New Zealand – China Early Childhood Education Symposium  

    Contact: Rosemary An 

     

     

    21 – 29 October 

    China Education Expo (CEE) 

    Annual exhibition tour hosted by China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) since 2000.

    This major conference and expo is the leading international education event in China.

    Contact: Jane Liu 

     

    Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai 

  • From the CE: Telling the world New Zealand is open for business

    Our purpose was to promote New Zealand’s world-class education and share the message that New Zealand is open again for international students. Travelling with the Minister opened many doors for us and led to useful media coverage in all three partner countries.

    In Denver, USA, Minister Hipkins spoke at the plenary session to open NAFSA, the world’s largest international education conference. Te Pūkenga used the NAFSA event to launch its international education strategy, and ENZ launched the sector’s I AM NEW global marketing campaign. We met with senior officials to reaffirm New Zealand’s partnership commitment to the Gilman scholarships, which enable students of limited financial means to study abroad. We also met with NZ EdTech companies, including ImmerseMe, which uses virtual reality to teach languages. The company signed a 7-year partnership agreement with schools in the area during our visit.  

    The next stage of the trip was Brazil. In São Paulo we explored the possibility of English language study in New Zealand for school students with government Ministers; met with the São Paulo Research Foundation to support the growing NZ- São Paulo research engagement; and met with key education stakeholders from three São Paulo Universities: USP, UNESP and UNICAMP. 

    New Zealand is celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations with Chile this year, and our visit to Santiago included meeting with Chile’s Minister of Science, Technology, Knowledge, and Innovation, and with Kiwi alumni. We signed two separate Education Cooperation Agreements – with Chile’s Minister of Education, and with the Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities. We also visited Universidad Diego Portales, which has a long history of collaboration with NZ EdTech company, ADInstruments, whose technology has been implemented as part of the university’s educational model. 

    We were warmly received everywhere, and there was a high level of interest in New Zealand. It was great to reconnect with Kiwis offshore, and with alumni, agents and others who have a genuine interest in building relationships with New Zealand – and to be able to support their efforts in person at a wide range of events.  

    In other news, the recipients of the recent round of Prime Minister’s Scholarships to Asia and to Latin America are close to being finalised. That round of scholarships, which was solely open for group applications, will soon be followed by the opening of a second round of awards, this time focussed solely on individual applicants. Again, we will be seeking to encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds particularly Māori and Pasifika applicants. In anticipation of the next round, we encourage everyone to check out the alumni stories and other useful information on our scholarships website here.

    Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutouSeek after learning for the sake of your wellbeing. 

    Grant McPherson

  • Upcoming events related to international education – E-News June 2022

     

    Dates   

    Event   

    Location   

    2,3 July  

    Duc Anh A&T: Global Education Fair 

    Information for prospective students  

    Contact: Van Banh 

     

    Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi, Viet Nam/online  

    5 July  

    New Zealand Centre  

    Announcement of the first batch of joint research proposals from NZ universities and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi 

    Contact: Jugnu Roy  

     

    New Delhi, India  

    7 July 

    ENZRA workshop ENZ is organising a workshop to discuss the vision for the NZ education industry, promotional strategy, and next steps around the border opening. The workshop is exclusively for all India headquartered ENZRA office owners and decision makers.  

    Contact: Monika Chaudhary   

     

    Mumbai, India 

    July TBC 

    ENZ/MFAT Alumni FunctionENZ is working alongside Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to deliver an alumni function under the banner of 50 Years Diplomatic Relations, highlighting the importance of our education partnership 

    Contact: Jane Liu  

     

    Beijing, China 

    9,10 July  

    IDP Overseas Study Exhibition 

    Information for prospective students  

    Contact: Van Banh 

     

    Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  

    9 August  

    Te Pukenga International Strategy Launch 

    Media Roundtable: Business-to-business event followed by social networking with agents  

    Contact: Jugnu Roy 

     

    New Delhi, India  

    11 August  

    Te Pukenga MoU signing with Maharashtra Government 

    Formalise the MoU already signed by NZ Trade and Enterprise at a government-to-government level, with the Maharashtra government  

    Contact: Jugnu Roy 

     

    Mumbai, India  

    10-11 August  

    EduTECH Expo and Conference  

    Contact: Alana Pellow 

     

    Melbourne, Australia  

    15-19 August  

    New Zealand International Education Conference (NZIEC) 2022  

    The first conference for New Zealand’s international education sector since 2019  

    Contact: NZIEC@enz.govt.nz   

     

    Online  

    24-25 August  

    IC3 Annual Conference  

    ENZ is gold sponsor for the conference, which is the largest high school conference in India. Has participation from 6 of the 8 NZ universities. Supports the India undergraduate market development strategy 

    Contact: Monika Chaudhary   

     

    Hyderabad, India  

    27 – 28 August  

    The STAR Education Fair  

    Information for prospective students  

    Contact: Naluri Bella  

     

    Malaysia  

    August/Sept  

    Undergraduates – NZ Global Competence Certificate 

    Exchange programme focussed on tertiary students from India and NZ 

    Contact: Monika Chaudhary   

     

    Online  

    13-16 September 

    European Association for International Education (EAIE)  

    EAIE is the largest business-to-business conference and tertiary international education event in Europe. This year’s theme is ‘The Future in Full Colour’. ENZ will host a pavilion with New Zealand universities and ITPs and registrations to participate have now closed.  

    Contact: Olga Elli 

     

    Barcelona, Spain   

    14 – 15 September  

    Asia Pacific Technical Vocational Education and Training (APAC TVET) Forum  

    A partnership between ENZ, Te Pūkenga and Skills Consulting Group showcasing NZ vocational sector and its expertise. The forum will include academic and business-to-business/government-to-government elements, bringing together stakeholders across Asia and the Pacific to share expertise and capability.  

    Contact: Richard Kyle 

     

    Online –Asia and Pacific wide  

    23 September  

    2022 New Zealand – China Early Childhood Education Symposium   

    Co-hosted by Education New Zealand and China Centre for People to People Exchange, the third annual Early Childhood Education (ECE) Symposium will be a hybrid event bringing together professors, practitioners and teachers in the ECE field to share best practices. The theme of the 2022 Symposium is “Sustainable Development of Early Childhood Education.” 

    Contact: Rosemary An 

     

     China, Online 

    Sep/Oct 

    Market Development Activity (Kalimantan Region) 

    Information for prospective students  

    Contact: Naluri Bella 

     

    Balikpapan & Samarinda cities Kalimantan Region,  Indonesia 

    21 – 29 October  

    China Education Expo (CEE)  

    Annual exhibition tour hosted by China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) since 2000.  

    This major conference and expo is the leading international education event in China.  

    Contact: Jane Liu 

     

    Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai  

  • Thirty groups awarded PM's Scholarships for Asia and Latin America

    The successful groups were announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins today, and mark the outcome of the first round of the scholarships since they were paused due to COVID-19.

    Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ) congratulates all the successful recipients, who include a marae, non-profit organisation TupuToa, six of New Zealand's eight universities, Te Pūkenga, and a number of private training establishments.

    A full list of recipients is available here.

    Chris Hipkins also announced that the scholarships will open for individual applications this month. Applications will be open from 18 July - 31 August 2022. More information, including how to apply, is available here.

    About the scholarships

    The Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia and Latin America are funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao.

    Since 2013, the scholarships have supported more than 2,400 New Zealanders on learning experiences in Asia and Latin America.

     

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