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  • ENZ’s new partnership with the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships Programme

    The Manaaki scholarships represent the government’s single largest investment in international scholarships and have been awarded for more than 70 years. 

    The scholarships are a key pillar of Aotearoa New Zealand’s International Development Co-operation, offering more than 1,100 scholarships annually to students from 112 eligible countries to study in Aotearoa New Zealand, in the Pacific, or online.  

    “This partnership plays to the strengths of both MFAT and ENZ,” says Andrew Needs, MFAT Deputy Secretary – Pacific and Development Group. 

    “It will help us ensure that not only are we demonstrating manaaki to our scholars, but also offering scholarships that address the skills and knowledge requirements of each of our partner countries.” 

    ENZ will participate in joint governance of the programme and provide data and insights to inform investment decisions, as well as operational management, drawing on its expertise in supporting a world-class scholar experience. The partnership offers opportunities to develop closer connections between scholarship partners and tertiary education providers and encourage innovation in product development. 

    ENZ already manages the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia and Latin America as well as scholarships on behalf of the Ministries of Business, Innovation and Employment, and Primary Industries.  

    “This is an excellent example of ‘NZ Inc.’ cooperation in action,” said Grant McPherson, ENZ’s Chief Executive. 

    Two recent Manaaki Scholars are Aminat Razaq from Nigeria, who has completed her New Zealand studies on sustainable energy – you can read about her experiences here; and Jason Nath from Fiji who completed a Postgraduate Clinical Doctoral Degree in Paediatric Dentistry in New Zealand – you can read about his experiences here. 

  • Digital skills and global citizenship at #NZAsiaTech Code Camp

    A team of six students from Te Kura Māori o Porirua, a predominantly te reo Māori medium school in Porirua, interacted with school students in Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Viet Nam, Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.   

    The overall theme was tourism, seen through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) - a theme that is highly relevant for the Asia-Pacific region. Students were given the task of profiling their home country’s SDG initiatives, with a focus on sustainable tourism.   

    Team Enterprise 12 from Viet Nam work on building website project during #NZAsiaTech Code Camp 

    The North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence partnered with educational coding programme Code Avengers and Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao to deliver the event. 

    “With New Zealand’s borders having been closed for more than two years, it’s crucial that the next generation of students still have opportunities to build cultural competencies and make connections across the globe,” says Education New Zealand’s Regional Director for Asia, Ben Burrowes.   

    “The #NZAsiaTech Code Camp was an opportunity for Kiwi students to re-establish connections with students in other countries, while gaining critical digital skills to prepare them for the future. 

    “It also also gave a taste of New Zealand’s education offering to prospective international students from the Asia region, who might consider enrolling in high school or tertiary study in New Zealand in the future.”  

    Code Camps can help to generate subsequent visits by interested students to New Zealand. For example, the Code Camp held at Waseda Jitsugyo School in 2021 and at Waseda University Junior and Senior High School in 2022 has led to Waseda’s group students’ programme sending around 50 students from three schools to New Zealand for three weeks in March 2023.  Code Camp served as a great opportunity for students and teachers from Waseda University affiliated schools to experience our world-class digital education first-hand. 

    Honam Jeon, the Education Manager at Gangwon International Education Institute said the programme helped increase awareness of New Zealand: 

    “South Korea is very interested in international engagement and exchange programmes for school students. The #NZAsiaTech Code Camp was a perfect example we want to continue to join. Thanks so much again to ENZ for organising the well-structured programme.”    

    The online programme included team building exercises, English learning, HTML coding lessons, and the creation of a website by student teams, to demonstrate their understanding of the importance of sustainable tourism.   

    “As our students look to enter an increasingly globalised word, developing cultural connections and transferable skills is so important,” says Te Kura Māori o Porirua school principal, Whāea Evelyn Wharehinga.  

    “The Code Camp has been an exciting growth experience for our students, who have extended their digital literacy skills while having the chance to connect with students of different ethnicities and cultures across the Asia-Pacific region.”   

    Team Indonesia

    Team Indonesia was the winning team after presenting their newly developed website on Sustainable Tourism to a virtual panel of judges. 

    The students presented their sustainable tourism-themed websites to a panel of expert judges at the awards ceremony on 2 July 2022, with students from Indonesia winning the top prize.  

    Steve Budd of Code Avengers, a global edtech company based in New Zealand, said it was a great programme to participate in.  

    “It was a privilege to gift all participants a one-year free subscription to the Code Avengers site as part of our mission to build lasting digital capabilities for educators and young people, and bridge the digital divide,” says Budd.    


  • From the CE: Putting NZ back on the map in 2022-23

    With relatively low numbers of international students currently in New Zealand, the primary focus for Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ) over the 2022-23 year will be on rebuilding the sector. The rebuild will have an emphasis on quality and long-term sustainability. We will be working closely with our key sector partners here and around the world to put New Zealand back on the map.  

    This focus is reflected in the draft refresh of the New Zealand International Education Strategy 2022-30, in our recently published Statement of Intent 2022-26 and Statement of Performance Expectations 2022-23, and in our internal business planning for the year ahead.  

    The high impact global marketing campaign, I AM NEW, launched at NAFSA in late May, provides a strong starting point for the rebuild. As well as raising New Zealand’s profile by attracting significant international media coverage, the campaign has so far reached over 115 million users. This is a unified, overarching promotion on behalf of New Zealand’s international education providers – an essential approach for us to be heard in this extremely competitive sector. We have focussed the promotion on ten partner countries: Brazil, China, Colombia, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, United States, and Viet Nam. The current phase of the campaign includes highlighting individual student stories.  

    Travel to partner countries to support the work of locally based ENZ staff and our NZ Inc agency partners is also an important part of promoting New Zealand’s education. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s visit to Singapore and Japan in April, and Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ travel to the United States, Brazil and Chile in May-June have delivered the clear message that New Zealand is open for business, raised awareness of our quality education offering, and progressed our relationships in these countries. You can read more detailed reports about the trip to North and South America in this month’s E-News, and we’re currently planning our forward schedule of travel to other key partner countries.  

    After discussions with education providers, we have finalised the programme of in-market events where New Zealand will be represented through until the end of 2022, and this is now available on our website here 

    The reopening of New Zealand’s borders has also enabled the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia and Latin America to restart this year, so New Zealanders have the opportunity to learn from international experiences and develop their global citizenship competencies and networks. Decisions were recently announced on the first round of group applications, while applications for individual scholarships are open until 31 August 2022.  

    This month we also formalised a new partnership between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and ENZ that will see ENZ take over operational management of the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship Programme from November 2022. This is an excellent example of ‘NZ Inc.’ cooperation that plays to each agency’s strengths. You can read more about the partnership in this issue of E-News.  

    He ora te whakapiri, he mate te whakatāriri – Unity is strength 

    Grant McPherson 

  • Individual applications for PM’s Scholarships for Asia and Latin America now open

    “Following on from the successful group applications, the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia and Latin America are now open to individual applications, and this is the only opportunity for individuals to apply in 2022,” Grant McPherson, Chief Executive, Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao said.

    These scholarships enable talented New Zealanders who are passionate about supporting local and global communities to add an international dimension to their learning and develop their global citizenship competencies and networks.

    “We welcome diverse applicants from all stages and walks of life - you don't need to be a current student, and you don’t need top grades. We are looking for applicants who can display qualities like cultural awareness, initiative, and confidence. Previous scholarship recipients have come from a wide range of backgrounds and have studied in a range of fields, including environmental science, languages, law, the arts, and business.”

    More than 2,400 Kiwis have benefited from the programme since 2013, contributing to New Zealand’s ability to engage with key partners in Asia and Latin America.

    The Prime Minister's Scholarship is open to New Zealand citizens or permanent residents who are at least 18 years old at the time of application and have been a resident in New Zealand for at least 12 of the previous 24 months.

    Scholarship funding can be used to cover, for example, tuition fees to undertake a course in Asia or Latin America, flights to and from Asia and Latin America, living and accommodation costs, travel and medical insurance and visa fees.

    More information is available on the Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao scholarship website here. Applications close on 31 August 2022.

  • Networking starts at home

    Space is limited to 50 people so be in quick.

    “Wellington is the only location where all three agent groups will cross-over and be in the same place, at the same time,” says Sarah Gauthier, ENZ Regional Project Manager. 

    “This is your chance to meet and introduce yourself and your institution to 10 highly engaged agencies, without having to leave New Zealand.

    “It will be a matter of first in, first served!

    “It will be a great evening of networking and worthwhile conversations about New Zealand’s unique education experiences.”

    While subject to change, the list of agents includes:

    From Korea:
    • Chongro Overseas Educational Institute (C.O.E.I)

    • DnA Education

    • Ilsan Uhak Centre

    • EDM

    From Saudi Arabia:
    • IDP (Saudi Arabia)

    • Pillars in Bloom

    From Colombia:
    • LAE International Studies

    • Go Study Work and Travel

    • Information Planet

    • New Zealand Option/Australian Option Education

    If you can’t make the Wellington event, fear not. The agents will travel separately across New Zealand on different programmes, which are still in development. We’ll be in touch if we are coming to your region or institution.

    Sarah says one of ENZ’s biggest challenges is to sustainably grow the number of students choosing to study in New Zealand from a broader range of countries, and to see students study in a broader range of our cities and towns. This networking event is part of that endeavour.

    Date: Friday 27 May

    Time: 6:00 – 8:00PM

    Cost: $30.00 pp

    Venue: Shed 5, Queens Wharf, Wellington

    Register here:

  • Marketing development

    Education New Zealand’s international staff network works to raise the profile of the country’s education system in priority markets.

    Team members can support education organisations with a range of activities, including organising media visits, providing introductions to key contacts and carrying out market research.

    On this page:

    International media and key opinion leader visits

    ENZ raises awareness of New Zealand in priority markets by organising or supporting visits from international media and key opinion leaders to different regions, locations and organisations.

    International public relations

    ENZ’s international public relations activities may include helping to launch new programmes, leveraging in-market visits, promoting scholarships and highlighting student successes.

    Introductions and contacts

    Introductions and contacts from ENZ’s domestic and international staff network can help match institutions with recruitment agencies.

    Staff can also assist organisations to connect with:

    • potential partners or customers
    • relevant foreign regulatory agencies and authorities
    • local market or industry experts
    • other specialist external service providers.

    Ministerial and education trade missions

    Education organisations may have opportunities to profile flagship initiatives during ministerial visits and education trade missions, depending on objectives and scheduling.

    In-market support 

    In-market teams can help support education providers by providing information on the market, leading arrangements for ENZ marketing and promotional activities, and facilitating introductions with local stakeholders.

    In-market initial fact finding

    ENZ’s international staff network may be able to help with initial fact verification of foreign partners. They may also be able to refer organisations to in-market third parties if more detailed due diligence is needed.

    Identifying new business opportunities

    International staff may be able to scout for new business opportunities for organisations seeking to develop partnerships or sell products and services.

    Market research

    ENZ sometimes carries out market research for sector groups or consortiums, or for individual organisations investigating high impact and high growth initiatives.

    In-market events and conferences

    Education organisations may be given ENZ help to take part in in-market conferences, seminars and events with external partners.

  • Countdown to conference

    It’s being held at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland on Thursday and Friday, 18-19 August. 

    We expect to release the programme and open registrations in the coming weeks.

    In the meantime, here are some key updates on New Zealand’s international education event of the year:

    Help us celebrate 25th anniversary

    2016 marks the 25th year of the New Zealand International Education Conference being held. We’d love you to help us celebrate 25 years of international education networking, sharing and capability development. If you’ve been around in the industry for “a while”, we’d love to hear from you.

    We want to showcase how our industry has grown and changed over the past 25 years. So if you have some interesting memories, stories, records or recollections, please drop us a line. It would be great to feature your memories as part of our 25th celebrations.

    BPO Intelligence comes to the party again

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    A big thanks to our Platinum Sponsor, BPO Intelligence, who are sponsoring NZIEC for the third consecutive year. We’re grateful for their support of NZIEC – as well as the support they provide to international education providers across the country.

    BPO Intelligence offers a wide range of services for international education providers. Check out what they offer at and be sure to check out their booth at conference.

    Official media partner

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    We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with The PIE (Professionals in International Education) as our official media partner for NZIEC 2016. The PIE team will be exhibiting at and reporting from the conference. If you haven’t already, you can sign up for The PIE News here.  

    Gold and silver sponsors

    We’re pleased to announce that Hotcourses and QS World University Rankings will be joining us at NZIEC 2016 as Gold Sponsors.

    Southern Cross Travel Insurance will feature at NZIEC as a Silver Sponsor.

    Find out more about our sponsors at the conference website and be sure to check out their booths at the conference exhibition hall.


    We have an array of exhibitors confirmed for NZIEC 2016:

    • ASB Bank

    • BPO Intelligence

    • Education New Zealand

    • Hotcourses

    • ICEF

    • MBIE Immigration New Zealand

    • New Zealand Police

    • New Zealand Qualifications Authority

    • PTE Academic

    • QS World University Rankings

    • Schools International Education Business Association (SIEBA)

    • The PIE.

    Stay tuned

    We’ll be releasing the programme and opening registrations for NZIEC in the coming weeks at You can also stay tuned via E-News and LinkedIn.

  • Brazilian science scholarship opening

    Education New Zealand is now working with New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (NZITP) on an agreement to include ITPs the SWB programme.

    The inclusion of New Zealand universities in the national call for applications for the SWB Scholarship follows the signing of an agreement between Universities New Zealand and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) which was witnessed by Prime Minister John Key and Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff, during Mr Key’s visit to Brazil in March 2013. 

    The SWB programme aims to send 100,000 Brazilian students on undergraduate “sandwich” courses; PhD “sandwich” courses; full PhD and post doctorates programmes to study science, technology, engineering, mathematics and creative industries at top universities around the world.

    The SWB also offers opportunities to foster relationships between institutions under a Special Visiting Researcher scholarship scheme. This scheme aims to attract recognised international researchers in priority areas set by the SWB programme to conduct projects with Brazilian research groups and visit Brazil for up to three months each year over a period of two to three years. 

    Information and applications for study at New Zealand universities is now available to Brazilian undergraduate and postgraduate students at this link.

  • Schools: roadmap workshop summary

    Download the school sector summary paper.

    ENZ is facilitating the Strategic Roadmap programme to help each sector, and New Zealand’s international education industry overall, to outline what success will look like in the future and develop a plan to get there.

    Everyone, regardless of whether you attended the workshop, is invited and encouraged to read the summary document and send comments, questions or ideas to Greg Scott, Project Manager for the school sector.

    Greg, who has been seconded from Middleton Grange School for this project, says the workshops were designed as the first of many opportunities for schools to provide input into the Strategic Roadmap process.

    “During the workshops, participants reported a wide range of motivations for and benefits from enrolling international students. An exciting array of ideas emerged of what might be possible by 2025 – our roadmap destination – and the workshops demonstrated that our sector has the vision and ideas required to make a significant difference in the next 10 years.”

    Greg says he was particularly impressed by the high level of creative thought: “The ideas put forward by the participants are well worth reading and reflecting on.” 

    Advisory Groups have been formed for each sector to provide advice and feedback to Project Managers and the sector roadmap development team during the roadmap process.  These groups are tasked with representing the views of the sector throughout the process, and will also act as a communications conduit between their sector and project managers.

  • Growth in the outdoors

    The Outdoor Education New Zealand (ODENZ) cluster has been working since 2002 to develop this niche, and enrolments are rising from northern Europe. 

    ODENZ chief executive Ian Reedy says the participating schools from across the country are united by two things: passion for the outdoors, and awareness that joint marketing efforts are the way to go. 

    ODENZ is growing the international outdoor education business through a concerted multi-year campaign, with support funding from Education New Zealand. The aim is to end up a self-sustaining organisation with a regular ‘in-market’ presence in northern Europe.

    In 2012 there were 184 international students recruited to outdoor ed programmes at participating schools. Figures for Term 1 2014 show an encouraging trend, with 20 percent growth against the same time in 2013. This year they come from Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg.

    The aims for 2014 and 2015 are to increase the number of schools in the cluster, and to increase the numbers of students on the ground – or the water, or high on the rockface…

    ODENZ is one of several clusters supported by Education New Zealand. Others include independent schools, faith schools and regional groupings. Email us for more information about our support for clusters.

    For information on the outdoor cluster, email or see

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