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  • ENZ hosts its first famil since 2019

    Eleven public universities were represented in the Malaysian delegation of senior executives from the Multimedia Technology Enhancement Operations Sdn Bhd (METEOR). METEOR is a consortium of universities that aims to provide advanced solutions through technology. This was an exploratory visit, to enable delegates to discuss a range of opportunities and possible partnerships with New Zealand universities and Te Pūkenga.  

    The visit was exciting on many fronts as our institutions demonstrated their expertise and explored mutually beneficial relationships, regions showcased their attractions, and the famil delegates from Malaysia experienced many aspects of New Zealand. 

    The eight-day visit included Wellington, Canterbury and the Waikato. While the start of the week coincided with a cold southerly storm, this was mitigated by warm hospitality and the promise of sun later in the week.  

    L to r: Lisa Futschek, GM International at ENZ; ENZ’s Chief Executive Grant McPherson; Mr Muhammad Afiq Bin Redzuan, Group Chief Executive Officer at METEOR; and YB Senator Tuan Jaziri Alkaf Abdillah Suffian, after signing an Education Cooperation Agreement.

    The delegation was fortunate to meet with Minister of Education Chris Hipkins during their visit. While in Wellington they also signed an Education Cooperation Agreement with ENZ that provides a framework for our relationship going forward. They also met up with Malaysian students at various institutions and heard about their personal experiences here. 

    The delegation saw trades in action at WELTEC’s trades campus where they observed building apprentices on a block course.

    Famils are important for ENZ as well as for New Zealand institutions, as they establish relationships and strengthen people-to-people links. They are also a key way to showcase some of the best education New Zealand has to offer across different regions.  

    ENZ looks forward to hosting more famils in the coming months, in partnership with institutions and regions throughout New Zealand. 

    You can read more about the METEOR famil on the Ara website here. 

    A Kiwi welcome was on offer at a private bach in Duvauchelle near Akaroa.

  • Reconnecting in Malaysia

    Six of our eight universities participated, along with Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao, connecting with more than 5,200 Malaysian students and parents. This was the first in-person fair we have attended in Malaysia for two years. It was a good opportunity to meet students face-to-face, to discuss a high-quality New Zealand education and what it’s like to live here.  

    New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, Pam Dunn, spoke at the opening ceremony and highlighted that many Malaysians who studied in New Zealand have returned home to use their skills and knowledge as experts in their fields – students such as Tan Sri Dr Mazlan Othman. 

    "She was the first Malaysian woman to gain a PhD at Otago University. She then returned home as Malaysia’s first astrophysicist and later pioneered this country’s space programme. 

    “An education in New Zealand empowers Malaysian students with the life skills and confidence to succeed.” 

    Patrick Holden, ENZ’s Director International Market Strategies, was interviewed by the STAR Media Group – see the video here.

  • Important update: passport requirements for temporary visa applicants offshore

    Immigration New Zealand has announced a change to passport requirements that affect a number of temporary visa applicants offshore. This change is in effect now.

    The change means that people applying from offshore for a student, visitor or work temporary visa only need to send Immigration New Zealand a high-quality scan of their passport, not a physical copy.

    An Immigration Officer may still ask for a physical passport if they consider it necessary for the application. This will be on a case-by-case basis.

    This is a temporary measure to help with visa processing. People applying for a student visa or group visitor visa through the Immigration Online form will currently receive an automated letter asking for a physical passport to be submitted. This is not required, and Immigration New Zealand is working to update the letter to reflect the change in requirements.

    Visit Immigration New Zealand to learn more about passport requirements.

  • 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

  • Agent inbound tours kickoff in April

    This is the start of the 2013/14 round of agent visits supported with Education New Zealand funding on a regional and niche market basis.

    The programme gives regional and sector groups the opportunity to introduce agents directly to their specific education offering. It follows the inbound agent funding offered to regions in 2013, when nine regions hosted 38 agents from 12 different countries involving 75 institutes and schools.

    This year the programme was altered to require matched funding, so hosting organisations contribute half of the costs. It was also expanded to include speciality groups, such as the MARA scholarship coordinators (and one agent) who will tour the New Zealand universities they send scholars to. 

    Regional groups hosting later in the year include Education Wanganui Export Network, Bay of Plenty, Venture Southland, Grow Wellington, and International Education Manawatu. 

    The list of region/sector groups awarded funding this year is shown on the Education New Zealand website, including the countries the agent groups are coming from. 

    To secure matched funding hosts have set up programmes for agents from priority markets that showcase pathway opportunities and foster alumni networks. They have also developed 12-month forward plans in order to build and maintain effective relationships with the visiting agents. All collaborative regional programmes were supported by the local economic development agency.

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