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  • 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:

    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

    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

  • 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 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:

  • 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

  • Miriama Kamo to headline NZIEC 2018

    Miriama will preside over the 27th New Zealand International Education Conference and Expo to be held at Te Papa in Wellington on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August.

    “The NZIEC conference is always a calendar highlight,” says Miriama.

    “It’s a conference that provides learning and networking opportunities – and a lot of fun. I’m so looking forward to seeing everyone again this year.

    “I really enjoy NZIEC conferences. With over 600 delegates, you’d think it could feel impersonal but somehow this crowd pulls off the personal with aplomb.

    “Always inspiring, always educative, always fun.”

    If you didn’t attend conference last year, you’ll likely recognise Miriama from her role presenting TVNZ 1’s flagship current affairs programme Sunday. She also co-presents current affairs programme Marae, is a regular 1NEWS newsreader and is the host on TVNZ 1’s new lifestyle programme, Kiwi Living.

    As a reporter for Sunday, Miriama won the prestigious Best Current Affairs Reporter gong at the Qantas Media Awards in 2005 for her investigation into alleged abuses at Porirua Hospital in the 1960s and 70s. She has also spent six years fronting TVNZ 2’s current affairs show 20/20.

    Miriama emceed the 2016 and 2017 conferences in Auckland, and we’re delighted to be able to welcome her to the ‘World’s Coolest Little Capital’ later this year as we explore the theme of Inspiring Global Citizens.

    Programme update

    With just over a hundred sleeps to go, we’re working hard behind the scenes to deliver a fantastic NZIEC for the industry.

    After being inundated with breakout presentation submissions, we’re in the final stages of confirming the conference programme and will be in touch with submitters over the coming weeks to advise them of the outcome of their submissions.

    With breakout streams focused on global citizenship, student experience and wellbeing, digital innovation, markets and products, sharing our stories and contribution to New Zealand, the programme will highlight the diversity and expertise of New Zealand’s vibrant international education industry.

    We’re also planning some changes to the conference format – stay tuned to e-news for updates on all our conference announcements.

    Registration to open late May 

    Registration for NZIEC 2018 will open in late May. We expect this year’s event to sell out, so be sure to be in quick to confirm your place at the international education event of the year.

    Find out more about NZIEC at

  • Event registration update

    Upcoming events in the following markets are open:

    • Europe (EAIE)

    • India

    • Indonesia

    • Korea (inaugural New Zealand fair)

    • Malaysia

    • Thailand (OCSC Fair).

     Registration for ENZ events in Japan and Thailand has now closed.

     For more information and to register, see

  • NZIEC 2018: Register for AFS pre-conference workshops

    The partnership will see AFS deliver breakout sessions throughout conference as well as two pre-conference workshops exploring the conference theme of Inspiring Global Citizens.

    AFS is a leading global organisation promoting international study, with education and volunteer programmes across 98 countries empowering people of all ages and backgrounds with intercultural knowledge, skills and understanding.

    Grant McPherson, ENZ Chief Executive, said the partnership reflects New Zealand’s vibrant international education ecosystem.

    “AFS has a well-established track record of fostering global citizens so we’re delighted to have AFS contribute its expertise to our conference discussions relating to global citizenship,” said Grant.

     “NZIEC delegates may be particularly interested in exploring practical ways in which they can implement global competence within their institutions at AFS’ two in-depth pre-conference workshops.”

    AFS New Zealand National Director, Doris Cuthell, is excited about showcasing the organisation’s expertise at NZIEC.

    “AFS is honored to be a programme partner at such an event as the NZIEC.

    “We invite NZIEC delegates to join our pre-conference workshops and conference sessions for an opportunity to explore the area of global competence, which is a crucial component for any quality international education programme.”

    In addition to its breakout and pre-conference sessions, delegates can connect with AFS at their stand in the Expo Hall. 

    Register now for AFS pre-conference workshops

    AFS is offering two interactive pre-conference workshops on Wednesday 8 August. Numbers are limited. Secure your place through the links below.

    Pre-conference workshop 1: Global competence in international education: What is it? Why does it matter? How can I foster it?

    This workshop explores the concept of global competence, why it is of growing importance and why your organisation should be engaging with it.

    You will have a chance to participate in experiential activities that enhance intercultural skills. We will discuss strategies for implementing these activities in different settings and identify ways to turn brief experiences into long-lasting learning for your audience.

    Find out more and register here 

    Pre-conference workshop 2: High-tech solutions for global competence programmes

    Research shows that merely coming into contact with cultural differences doesn’t develop global competence in students. However, students do develop these skills when taught within a developmental, experiential and holistic framework.

    This workshop offers three frameworks that can provide a foundation for your curriculum to build global competence in both inbound and outbound students.

    Find out more and register here

    Conference dates

    The 27th New Zealand International Education Conference and Expo will be held at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington on 9-10 August. Pre-conference workshops will be held on 8 August.

    Registration for pre-conference workshops is now open. Registration for conference will open in late May. Find out more at 

  • Get ready for NZIEC 2018

    Previous NZIEC attendees should keep an eye on their inboxes this week for a special link to confirm their place. Registration for everyone else will open next week. 

    With only 600 places available, we expect a sell-out event, so be sure to get in quick to avoid missing out!

    What’s on offer at NZIEC 2018?

    NZIEC 2018 centres on the theme of Inspiring Global Citizens, and how we can leverage our international education activity to foster global citizenship across the diverse communities of New Zealand.

    We’ll kickstart conference by exploring how we can have global impact from New Zealand with our Inspire Keynote Speaker Yoseph Ayele, Chief Executive of the Edmund Hillary Foundation.

    The digital journeys of international students will be under the microscope by Dr Shanton  Chang from the University of Melbourne. Dr Chang will share his surprising insights into the online behaviours of international students as they move across countries.

    We’ll investigate what our industry can learn from Xero’s Anna Curzon as she outlines how we can develop partnerships for global success. The Xero experience in developing partnerships with customers, partners and others has helped make it Forbes’ Most Innovative Growth Company for two consecutive years.

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    L-R: Yoseph Ayele, Shanton Chang and Anna Curzon.

    We’re also bringing the international student voice into our plenary sessions with international students talking to delegates about their experiences living and studying in Aotearoa. We anticipate this will provide interesting and heartfelt life stories that delegates can reflect upon. 

    Our Expo Hall has sold out with an amazing array of partners joining us to connect and engage with delegates over the two days. And, as ever, we have a surprise or two up our sleeves – stay tuned in the lead-up to conference to find out more!

    Programme format changes

    This year, we’ve put back-to-back complementary breakout sessions together into 1hr 20-minute sessions. While you are still free to sneak between sessions, we hope this format will help reduce the amount of time you have to spend navigating around the venue and allows you time to really focus on a particular theme. 

    We’ve also staggered the timing of our pre-lunch breakout sessions, with some starting 15 minutes earlier than others to help reduce those dreaded lunch queues. 

    Pre-conference workshops

    Remember to check out the pre-conference workshops offered by our programme partner, AFS New Zealand. These workshops are a great way to grapple with global competence in an in-depth way prior to conference kicking off the following morning. You can register for these breakouts direct with AFS or during registration.

    About NZIEC

    The 27th New Zealand International Education Conference and Expo (NZIEC) will be held at Te Papa in Wellington on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August. Pre-conference workshops will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 8 August. Find out more about NZIEC at

  • Ministers to address NZIEC 2018

    Chris Hipkins

    Chris Hipkins

    NZIEC 2018 marks Chris Hipkins’ first address to conference delegates as Minister of Education, after speaking to delegates last year in his capacity as Opposition Spokesperson. Minister Hipkins will be outlining his priorities for the international education portfolio on Friday morning.

    Minister Iain Lees-Galloway will be speaking for the first time at NZIEC and is scheduled to address delegates on Thursday morning.


    ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson welcomes the involvement of the Ministers in NZIEC.

    Ian Lees-Galloway

    Ian Lees-Galloway

    "The involvement of two of the most important Ministers for international education at NZIEC shows the importance of our annual hui for industry. We are delighted to welcome both Ministers to NZIEC 2018.”

    Held over two days, NZIEC 2018 focuses on the theme of Inspiring Global Citizens. It features a sell-out crowd of 600 delegates and the largest number of industry presenters yet.

    If you aren’t attending conference, you can follow developments on Twitter with the hashtag #nziec. We will also be reporting on conference news in the E-News following conference.

    NZIEC 2018 sold out

    Registration for NZIEC has closed. Due to venue capacities, we are unable to accept any more delegates.

    Email if you would like to be added to the registration waitlist.

  • Agent training webinars for Malaysia and Thailand

    The webinars will provide updates on popular study options, student entry requirements, scholarships, visa processing, through to employment and career pathway opportunities in New Zealand.

    Speakers will include New Zealand institution representatives as well as ENZ and Immigration New Zealand staff.

    ENZ’s International Market Manager for Southeast Asia, John Mollo, says “We see these webinars as a way to provide the tools, training and intelligence that agents need to better promote New Zealand.”

    The Malaysia Agent webinar is scheduled for 21 May at 10am local time and agents can register here

    The Thailand Agent webinar is scheduled for 22 May at 10am local time and agents can register here

    Please note: Registration for these webinars is for education agents only. ENZ is running a separate series of webinars for New Zealand education institutions.

    Other country webinars are being planned and we will open registration shortly.

    Agent market

    Date and local time of webinar


    Tuesday 18 June, 10am


    Tuesday 16 July, 10am


    Monday 1 July, 10am


    Tuesday 20 August, 10am

    Viet Nam

    Tuesday 10 September, 10am

  • ENZRA fairs in India

    To register, select the event you want to attend online, click ‘Contact Us’ and enter your details. An email will go directly to the agent who will provide you with a registration link. Registration for ENZRA fairs will be on a first in first served basis.

    Register here

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