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  • From the CE: 2023 is off to a flying start

    Following the appointment of Chris Hipkins to Prime Minister, last week we welcomed our new Minister of Education, Jan Tinetti. Minister Tinetti knows education well. She has over 20 years as a primary school principal, in four schools across Southland and Tauranga. She also holds a Diploma in Teaching (Primary), a Bachelor of Education and Master’s in Education with First Class Honours, from the University of Canterbury.  

    Both appointments are good news for international education. We have both a Prime Minister with rich knowledge and appreciation for the many benefits that international education brings working alongside a Minister of Education who has significant education experience. 

    The first month of the year saw significant announcements in China, an important partner country. The first was the change to the Zero-COVID policy, followed shortly after with the decision by the Chinese qualification recognition agency to revert to pre-COVID settings for online qualifications. Chinese students were already returning to study in New Zealand and these announcements will encourage this further.   

    In response to these changes in China our team collaborated with Tourism New Zealand to drive awareness of New Zealand as a short-term study destination. Late last year we put the New Zealand education brand back on the map in Colombia with an important event in Bogota. I am also excited to see the relaunch of the New Zealand Schools Scholarships – our flagship initiative for Viet Nam.  

    The first month of the year also saw our first iwi-led Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia recipients (Te Piriru Marae, Ngāti Maniapoto) travelling to Hokkaido for six weeks, forging connections with the indigenous Ainu people of Japan. There will be more on this in next month’s ENews.  

    While I’m on the subject of the Prime Minister’s Scholarships the most recent round of applications saw a significant and very pleasing increase in Māori participation to 22 percent up from five percent from 2016 to 2019. We are eager to continue this increase and will be partnering with iwi to raise it further in the March group application round. 

    After the challenges of the past couple of years, a flying start was exactly what we needed and I am very pleased that is what we have.  

    Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa  

    Let us keep close together, not wide apart. 

    Ngā mihi nui, 

    Grant McPherson  

  • International students welcomed across New Zealand

    In February, hundreds of international students gathered at a University of Auckland orientation event. ENZ’s Student Experience Manager, Ross Crosson, says, “The wait, for many, has been long but there was a very positive vibe in the air.”


    In Hamilton, the Wintec | Te Pūkenga International student services team held an interactive event to welcome students on campus. They used a range of activities to create connections amongst the students and to familiarise them with student support services available.


    Over in Wellington, Victoria University of Wellington Vice Chancellor Nic Smith took the opportunity to connect with students face-to-face as they were settling into halls of residence.


    More than 150 international students from 11 local secondary schools were welcomed into Dunedin at Puketeraki Marae on 8 March. In the event organised by Enterprise Dunedin and Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki, the guests spent the morning at the pōwhiri, which was accompanied by pupils from Waitati School kapa haka group, and then enjoyed a kōrero and some kai.

  • Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia help students from New Zealand and India to showcase a unique cross-cultural collaboration

    The students travelled to India and for five weeks, worked with local students from Indian fashion powerhouse Pearl Academy and artisans from Kala Raksha, an NGO in Kutch, Western India. Collectively they produced a collection of garments, which reflected a philosophy from the past to everyday life. The work helped students and artisans to develop an understanding of different cultural values and ability to think creatively and collaboratively. 

     “We are thrilled to have 15 Prime Minister’s Scholarship recipients from Whitecliffe College visit India and take this opportunity to collaborate with Pearl Academy students in fashion and sustainability.” said David Pine, New Zealand High Commissioner to India. 

    “New Zealand and India hold strong education ties and the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia symbolises the New Zealand government’s commitment to further strengthen bilateral ties between both countries.” 

     Administered by Education New Zealand | Manapou ki te Ao, the Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia is a unique scholarship programme that enables the rich exchange of language, culture, skills and opportunities. It not only highlights New Zealand government’s commitment to help grow strong connections between young New Zealanders and Indians but fosters global citizens by inspiring students to take action on pressing issues affecting the world.  

     Since 2013, the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia and Latin America have enabled more than 2,400 New Zealanders to broaden their horizons through life-changing learning experiences in Asia and Latin America. Applications are open until 23 April for the 2023 group scholarship round. To find out more about the Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia and Latin America, visit our website here. 

  • Around the world in five

    United Kingdom  

    British Council examines future of English language learning  

    English will remain the world’s most widely spoken language over the next decade driven by employment and higher education trends, and teachers will continue to be at the heart of learning despite the rise of AI and automation, according to a new publication by the British Council. 


    United States 

    New forecast warns that US is falling behind in the global race for talent  

    A new HolonIQ analysis focused on the US and its competitive position relative to other leading study abroad destinations finds that within the total global international education market, the US is losing share of foreign students to Australia, Canada, and the UK. 



    Dalhousie University - New study abroad course takes 14 Indigenous students to Aotearoa-New Zealand

    A group of Indigenous students from Dalhousie have embarked on a two-week study tour of New Zealand that will transport them deep into the country's rich Māori history and culture. 



    Dishonest players in India are 'damaging' industry reputation  

    Education counsellors across India say duplicitous players in the international education market are having a seriously negative impact on the sector, with one senior counsellor describing the situation as “supremely unethical”. 



    Netherlands outlines plans to control international student flows 

    The Dutch education minister has written to universities to outline plans for controlling international student numbers, including a central management system, tools for ministerial intervention, strengthening of the Dutch language and targeted instruments on programmes to control flows. 



  • Continuing the discussion on the impact of AI on education

    Since ChatGPT’s (Chat Generative Pretrained Transformer) launch in November last year, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool has featured heavily in headlines around the world, sparking conversations from boardrooms, to classrooms, and around the dining room table. Discussions on the significant impact this tool and future AI technology is having on how we teach, assess, and support our students here in New Zealand’s education system are happening in all areas of our sector, including here at Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ), 

    A particular discussion during a recent EdTechNZ panel webinar on Artificial Intelligence and the impact on Education, looked at where educators may want to focus their valuable time now that generative AI platforms are available. For example, do educators want to spend their time researching topics, analysing data, and producing unique activities of work, or spend it on building meaningful relationships and place-based experiences with and for learners; gaining insights into learners’ interests, engaging in critical thinking activities and deepening learners experience of and outcomes in education? 

    Following EdTechNZ’s interesting and successful March webinar which can be viewed here; Artificial Intelligence and the impact on education, ENZ hosted an in-person seminar at our Tāmaki Makaurau offices in late April. This seminar's purpose was to look deeper at how this emerging technology is changing the way we learn, teach, and innovate. 

    Professor Ian Watson, recent past professor at the University of Auckland, spoke to a group from across the education spectrum including secondary schools, Private Training Establishments, EdTech founders, Education Publishers, Google, about AI and its impact on education.  

    Professor Watson is considered an AI pioneer with 30+ years in the AI machine learning environment and reflected on the history of AI, including that it is not a new or sudden phenomenon, and its progress over time.  

    “AI imitates intelligence and is great at the specific but not so much the general. For example, aircraft use AI to be able to perform extremely specific flight tasks, but it will never be able to suggest a recipe and cook it!”, Professor Watson said.  

    “Within education, AI will certainly provide value in routine, mundane and repetitive tasks such as grading, lesson planning, report writing but in the hard and difficult tasks such as developing a universal design for learning and differentiated or targeted learning, it has its flaws. It is not always factually correct and still needs a human to educate it”. 

    Professor Watson also talked about how important it is, critical even, to teach learners how to use these tools, so they are empowered. Such tools include the likes of AI4K12 for K-12 learners. 

    Anyone looking for more insights and conversations about AI should check out the TechWeek23 programme with over 400 in person and online events to be hosted from 13 – 20 May.  

    Techweek AI focussed online events of note include:  

  • 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.

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