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  • Upcoming ENZ webinars

    Viet Nam school sector webinar

    At this webinar, industry professionals in the school sector will learn about ENZ’s approach to the Viet Nam market, and how they can partner with ENZ.

    Who should attend?

    New Zealand-based marketing/international managers at secondary schools.

    Session details:

    2:30pm NZT, Wednesday 27 November

    Register here

    Vietnamese agent webinar

    As part of ENZ’s commitment to raising the awareness of New Zealand among education agencies, ENZ has launched a webinar series to improve the profile, and understanding, of the benefits of a New Zealand education.

    Who should attend?

    Vietnamese education agencies and counsellors who currently share information about studying in New Zealand, or would like to.


    The webinar will provide updates on:

    • ENZ activity
    • Study options
    • Scholarships
    • Employment and career pathway opportunities in New Zealand

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

    Session details: 

    4pm NZT/10am Viet Nam time, Thursday 28 November

    Register here

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

    US industry webinar

    Registration is now open for an ENZ market intelligence webinar for the US. It will offer local market updates and insights and share ENZ’s outlook for the first half of 2020.

    Who should attend?

    International directors and marketing/international managers at tertiary level.


    The in-market team will cover:

    • Partnerships for reach: Learn more about ENZ’s strategic partnerships in the US
    • Market engagement opportunities: In-market events Jan-June 2020
    • Study Abroad scholarships
    • Additional topics proposed by the sector

    Session details: 

    You must register in advance to attend the webinar. If you have questions or topics you’d like to hear covered in the Industry Webinar, please email with your suggestions by Friday 6 December.

    11am NZT, Tuesday 10 December

    Register here

  • Register now for NZIEC 2022

    You can register on the NZIEC website. 

    Registration is free, sign up now and tell a colleague to register too! 

    A new format  

    We’re delivering NZIEC 2022 in a virtual format so we can reach as many international education practitioners as possible during this critical time for the industry’s rebuild. The virtual format means we have eliminated participation costs and the prospect of Covid blues for all. Join from the comfort of your favourite workstation! And while it means we won’t be able to connect in-person, we are offering a range of new ways to network and connect during conference – stay tuned for further information following registration!  

    The virtual format means we can offer a wider range of keynote speakers than in our usual two-day in-person format. We hope you’ll enjoy insights from our bumper line-up of ten keynote speakers from a range of industries and perspectives. That’s right, ten!  

    We’re also able to offer content in a more flexible manner. We’ll be delivering content in bite-sized chunks each morning and afternoon during the week (except for Friday afternoon). Don’t worry if you can’t attend a session – all sessions will be recorded and available to view later if you have registered.  

    A varied programme  

    NZIEC 2022’s theme is Towards Recovery: Reflect, Reconnect and Renew. We will be exploring this theme across the conference week; we’ll start by Reflecting on the shared experience we’ve had these past two years, before we focus on Reconnecting New Zealand and then turn to Renewal of our industry for the future.  

    The full programme will launch shortly, but here’s a taste of what we have in store:  

    • On Monday morning, join international students and practitioners as we Reflect on our collective experiences over the past two years. Hear from 2021 New Zealander of the Year, Dr Siouxsie Wiles, about her experiences through the pandemic and her advice for the future. Gain insights from our first-ever international student-led panel as they discuss their experiences during the pandemic – and their hopes and expectations for the future. And join our Board Chair, Steve Maharey, as he provides an update on ENZ’s vision and direction.  


    • On Monday afternoon, learn how providers across Aotearoa worked through the pandemic to enhance international student wellbeing – and what lessons this experience provides for our current offering. Pick and choose from a cornucopia of sessions that explore New Zealand’s commitment to manaakitanga, including advice from the New Zealand International Students’ Association.  


    • Tuesday sees us shift focus to Reconnect. Join us in the morning for an address from the Minister of Education, Hon Chris Hipkins, when he’ll provide an update on the Government’s strategy for international education. You will have an opportunity to ask questions. After the Minister’s address, get up to speed with updates from a range of New Zealand government agencies.  


    • On Tuesday afternoon, we continue our Reconnect focus with a keynote address from New Zealand’s leading trade negotiator, Vangelis Vitalis. He’ll speak about New Zealand’s Trade Recovery Strategy and the role of international education within that. Then take a trip ‘Around the World’ with international market insights from ENZ’s global network and sessions led by industry representatives.  


    • On Wednesday morning, the centrepiece of our conference week, we explore how international education relates to Te Ao Māori. Gain perspectives on traditional Māori knowledge and wisdom from our keynote speaker, Sharlene Maoate-Davis, as she explores Te Māramatanga o te Maramataka – or renewed Rongoā perspectives from traditional Māori knowledge and wisdom. Then learn how Te Tiriti is being implemented in practice across the international education sector.  


    • On Wednesday afternoon, we turn our attention to global citizenship. A range of industry-led sessions examine the concept and its application. Then be inspired by the journey of Abbas Nazari, who fled Afghanistan as a refugee and found himself aboard the Tampa, before gaining a new home in Aotearoa and eventually travelling to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship. Abbas’ story is a powerful tale of the importance of education – and humanity.  


    • And as we aim to shrug off mid-week blues, don’t miss the opportunity to find your Inner Superhero! Tapahia Heke and Pita Mei are a Superhero Dream Team who will amaze with their abilities to read – and draw – the Inner Superhero in any of us. Tune into this session if you want your superhero abilities unleashed.  


    • Thursday sees us in search of Renewal with the morning devoted to exploring innovation and diversification in international education. Join us in the morning as we explore the do’s and don’ts of innovation within the international education sector. Melissa Clark-Reynolds, our Renew Keynote speaker will talk about the innovation game and how to beat your organisation’s immune system.  


    • On Thursday afternoon, we’ll discuss the challenges and opportunities regarding sustainability and international education. Several industry practitioners will outline the approaches they have embraced to address the sustainability imperative. And René de Monchy will provide insights from the tourism industry that speaks to the challenge of rebuilding while keeping sustainability concerns front of mind.  
    • Finally, we ease into Friday morning with a late start and an early finish to wrap up our conference week. Grab a cuppa to join a Kōrero Kawhe with some inspiring New Zealand alumni and hear how they are making their way in the world and improving the lives of their communities. Then join clinical psychologist Nigel Latta as he shares the bare essentials for the rebuild job ahead. Finally, don’t miss our conference wrap, including an announcement as to how we’ll be celebrating 30 years of NZIEC in 2023! 


    Register now 

    You can register to attend NZIEC 2022 here. 

  • Call for speakers for NZIEC KI TUA 2023

    NZIEC KI TUA 2023 will be held in Ōtautahi Christchurch from 16 to 18 August 2023 at Te Pae Convention Centre. A welcome function will occur on Wednesday evening followed by two days of conference sessions on Thursday and Friday. 

    2023 marks the 30th time our conference will be held, and this year’s theme is Te Ara Ki Tua – the pathway ahead. As we celebrate this milestone, our theme encourages us to consider how our sector can thrive in the future.  

    We’re calling for speakers to help us explore the following sub-themes:  

    1. Excellent ExperiencesHow can we foster excellent experiences for international students studying with Aotearoa New Zealand? 

    2. Marketing SmartsWhat are the most effective ways to market to and recruit international students?  

    3. Growing GlobalHow can we grow our relationships with international partners?  

    4. Authentically AotearoaHow can our international education offerings tap into what makes our country special?  

    5. Fresh OfferingsHow can we develop fresh programmes, products, services and partnerships and take them to the world?  

    Please refer to the NZIEC KI TUA website here for detailed information on the theme and sub-themes, session formats, tips for your abstract and biography, and speaker terms and conditions.  

    You can submit your speaking proposal through the NZIEC KI TUA Speaker Portal.  Submissions close on 22 May 2023.  

    If you have any questions, please contact us at  

    We hope you will consider joining us at NZIEC KI TUA to discuss the key opportunities and challenges facing our sector as we discuss Te Ara Ki Tua.  

    An in-person format and early bird registration  

    Subject to pandemic settings, this year’s conference will be an in-person format. Sector feedback revealed a strong desire to return in-person, in part to facilitate kanohi-ki-te-kanohi connections after so many years apart.   

    We are not intending to offer a hybrid option (in-person and virtual format) this year as this requires additional resources to deliver and a hybrid approach results in inferior experiences for both audiences. To support attendance, and in recognition of the impact of Covid-19, a discounted early bird registration rate will be available this year.

  • NZIEC KI TUA 2023 programme announced!

    The New Zealand International Education Conference 2023 brings together practitioners and leaders from across New Zealand’s international education sector to look to the future and explore strategies for growth.  

    Our keynote speakers include:  

    • Helen Souness: Pathway to the future 
    • Dr Hinemoa Elder: Māori stories for global learning and teaching  
    • Dr Stephen Holmes: Post-pandemic insights from international students and parents 
    • Yemi Penn: Igniting your rebellious curiosity 
    • Dr Paul Spoonley: International education in 30 years 
    • Bridget Williams: International education and the sustainable development goals 
    • Sharon Zollner: The national and global economic outlook for 2024 
    • Kaila Colbin: Future of education 

    The conference also includes a range of energising breakout sessions hosted by experts in the sector, centred on the themes of Marketing Smarts, Growing Global, Authentically Aotearoa and Fresh Offerings.  

    Breakouts include Excellent experiences – Spotlight on student experience insights hosted by Marie Clark and Ross Crosson, ChatGPT, now what? Pitfalls and opportunities of AI in student recruitment hosted by Audrey Voon, Ko wai koe? Building indigeneity into your internationalisation strategy hosted by Monique van Veen and The intersection of EdTech and traditional education hosted by an expert panel. 

    Check out the full programme here:  

    We look forward to seeing you at NZIEC KI TUA 2023, register today:  

  • Next webinar for the schools’ sector – 19 June 2024

    Our next webinar is taking place on Wednesday 19 June 11:00am–12.15pm and we will be discussing: 

    The schools' market in South Korea

    Mary will be joined by in-market specialist Kay Lee and international market manager Alanna Dick. We will bring you data, the latest intel, discuss what Korean families are looking for and share insights from agents. Bring your questions as we take a closer look at this important school sector market. 

    Register in advance for the webinar series here. 

    You can register once and attend any or all sessions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

    Please note these sessions are for NZ schools only – agents should check out 

    The next webinars will take place on:

    • Wednesday 17 July. Topic: ENZ Offshore Events 101
    • Wednesday 21 August. Topic: TBC
    • Wednesday 18 September. Topic: TBC

    If you miss any of our monthly school sector webinars, you can find recordings of these on Intellilab here.

  • Tokyo education fair showcases Māori culture

    This was the fourth annual ENZ fair in Japan and included representatives from 40 New Zealand institutions as well as SIEBA representatives.

    Misa Kitaoka, ENZ’s Senior Market Development Manager – Japan, said this year she wanted to make the fair special by incorporating an element that was uniquely New Zealand, but that also resonated with the Japanese attendees.

    “Being part of Te Rautaki Māori, ENZ’s Māori Steering Committee, I have had the opportunity to learn some te reo and Māori cultural practices, which I realised has many commonalities with those of the Japanese,” said Misa.

    The fair began with a mihi to welcome a group of junior high school students and teachers from Tokyo Seitoku University Junior and Senior High School, a private secondary school that sends all 150 of its year 3 junior high school students to New Zealand schools for one term every year.

    Following the mihi, a group of over 30 students from Hamilton Boys’ and Girls’ High School performed a haka and waiata which brought tears to the eyes of many students and parents.

    “The kapa haka performance increased visitor numbers for sure – it was such a moving performance. A student from Hamilton Boys’ who’s half Maori, half Japanese translated the meaning of each performance to attendees in Japanese, so impressive!

    This year’s fair also saw an increasing number of mothers interested in taking their young children to New Zealand.

    “With the Japanese government’s focus on improving the nation’s English language capability in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the average age of English learners in Japan is getting younger,” Misa said.

    To address this demand, ENZ is working closely with SIEBA to promote its PSP programme, representing more than 40 primary schools available to receive international students over five years of age. 

    The ENZ Japan fair in 2019 will be held during the Rugby World Cup on 22 September 2019 followed by an agents/educators’ seminar and networking event in Tokyo on 24 September 2019.

    For those interested in attending the fair, pre-registration is now open at ENZ Events page here.

    Any New Zealand secondary school or tertiary institution bringing their kapa haka group on a tour to Japan next year and wish to perform at our fair, please email

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  • EdTech connections good for business

    This was the view from Education New Zealand hosted networking events for over 40 representatives from the edtech sector in Wellington, Auckland and Dunedin last month. 

    It was a great opportunity to share development and export experiences and meet like-minded business contacts. As well as making new business connections, attendees were interested in ways to create more opportunities to learn and collaborate. 

    Bennett Medary, Chairman of the NZ Technology Industry Association, spoke to the meetings about creating a group of edtech members under the NZTech umbrella. Edtech investor, Dr Sue Watson, Chief Executive of Summit Education Asia Pacific, facilitated the discussion.

    Views were varied but overall attendees were positive about the formation of an edtech sector group, particularly as part of a well-established industry association. There was interest in a group that connected widely across sectors including with educators, other tech companies and investors. 

    Chris Bulman of Bud-e-Digital said: “Getting together is important so you can learn from what others are doing and joining with NZTech would mean that edtech companies are hooked into the wider tech sector.“

    Other priorities expressed for the group included coordination and monitoring of international research and trends, support to take New Zealand companies to market, and established opportunities for networking and real collaboration.

    “Working together means the sector can have more resources to build the reputation of New Zealand edtech which is good for us all,” said Joanne Ho of Kiwa Digital.

    NZTech and ENZ are working on the formation of an edtech group and will be contacting people who offered support at the meetings to help develop a programme for the group to grow the value of the edtech sector.

    To learn more about global edtech opportunities and New Zealand’s special advantages – a high quality education system and an innovative, problem solving culture - watch this video from the EdTech for Export conference held in late June this year.

  • Education links with China

    Lisa Futschek, General Manager, International, at Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ) says the Joint Working Group has become an important mechanism for supporting educational cooperation and exchange with China.  

    “It’s a valuable opportunity for government agencies and education sector representatives from both countries to exchange ideas and information and build relationships.”. 

    This is the second time the Joint Working Group has been held virtually. Senior officials and subject matter experts from both New Zealand and China’s education and government sectors came together to discuss topics of mutual interest including higher education, early childhood education, vocational education and applied learning, and quality assurance.  

    Jinpeng Huai, Minister of Education, People’s Republic of China and Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education, New Zealand exchanged remarks at the Opening of the 10th Joint Working Group

    The meeting saw the renewal of the Addendum to the New Zealand – China Arrangement on Cooperation in Education and Training, which covers a range of joint projects including the New Zealand-China Tripartite Partnership Programme. Note: the 2023 New Zealand-China Tripartite Fund is currently open for proposals from New Zealand university representatives.

    Secretary for Education and Chief Executive, Ministry of Education of New Zealand, Iona Holsted and Vice Minister, Ministry of Education of People’s Republic of China, Xuejun Tian, renewed the Addendum to the New Zealand – China Arrangement on Cooperation in Education and Training.

    The meeting also provided an opportunity for New Zealand representatives to provide updates on collaboration with China in the areas of Vocational Education, Higher Education, and Quality Assurance. 

    David Christiansen, ITP Transition Lead, Te Pūkenga, shared the newly-launched International Strategy and the development of international collaboration and opportunities internationally and in particular with China.   

    “We wish to renew and strengthen our existing offshore collaborations and create new collaborations. New Zealand has many areas of strength, across a range of industries, where we believe we can offer value and strength to Chinese Industry,” Mr Christiansen said. 

    There are currently 41 degree or diploma joint programmes across more than 14 subjects from engineering and fashion to viticulture and winemaking, and agriculture. These partnerships cover 20-plus provinces and numerous cities throughout China.   

    The fifth New Zealand China Higher Education Forum, co-hosted by Universities New Zealand and China Education Association for International Exchange was held virtually on 10 November 2022 and was a discussion topic for the JWG during the Higher Education discussion. Chris Whelan, Chief Executive of Universities New Zealand, was present at the fourth New Zealand-China Higher Education Forum held in Beijing in 2015. He told participants that, back then, “the focus was on how to deepen collaboration between our institutions, how to grow mutual student mobility, and how to ensure high-quality education offerings.” It is evident the New Zealand-China education relationship in the higher education sector has developed over the years to envelop broader current topics such as “green and sustainable development of higher education,” building on the foundation established through years of cooperation. 

    The final discussion topic, Quality Assurance, saw Alex Bidois from New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) provide an update on the progress of the working group on the Recognition of Distance Learning Qualifications between NZQA and the China Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange. The working group was established at the ninth Joint Working Group and NZQA has been working with its partner agency to lay a foundation to build towards mutual recognition of distance learning qualifications.  

  • Joint initiative supports school group visits

    To make the most of every opportunity to grow international education in schools across the country, Education New Zealand (ENZ) and the Schools International Business Association (SIEBA) have established a ‘clearing house’ for school student group visits.

    There is increasing interest from such groups in visiting New Zealand, particularly from Japan, China, Thailand and Korea. Schools aren’t always able to accommodate these visits however, so ENZ and SIEBA are working together to channel the enquiries through a clearing house that aims to say ‘yes’, as a starting point, to any request. The clearing house then works behind the scenes with its members to identify schools that are keen (and have the capacity) to host, determine appropriate pricing for the visit, and ultimately improve the experience of, and bring efficiencies to, group visits to New Zealand.

    ENZ is promoting the SIEBA clearing house service to its in-market networks, including agents and schools who are considering New Zealand as a destination for school group visits.

    The service is another ‘value add’ by SIEBA and is free to its members. If you are a school (irrespective of whether or not you are a SIEBA member) that receives requests to host a group but is unable to, ENZ asks that you forward the request on to SIEBA. For more information on the clearing house please contact

    In the 17 February issue of E-News, we let you know about the Ministry of Education’s new online form for state and state-integrated schools to make it easier to register visiting groups of international students. Find out more about this here.

  • Alumni news - launch the New Zealand Educated LinkedIn group

    We encourage you to look at this and refer the LinkedIn group to your own alumni and ask them to join up.

    This is the first stage in our work with alumni. Once there are more members in the group we will start sending out notice of events, encourage alumni to form groups and start discussion forums.

    Here is a comment from one of the alumni who recently joined: “Thank you very much for invitation, this group would make me feel like return back to NZ. Keep in touch.”

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