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Register for the China Mayoral Forum education session
The forum theme is sustainable economies, and is an opportunity to strengthen relationships with regions of both countries. Fifteen mayors and vice-mayors from across China will attend alongside 33 mayors from across New Zealand, including smaller regional centres.
Following introductory presentations by Sir Richard Taylor (WETA Group) and Maggie Zhou (Alibaba), the forum will discuss opportunities for trade, investment, education and developing mutually beneficial partnerships.
The forum is being organised by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) and Wellington City Council, with support from ENZ.
LGNZ President Dave Cull says the forum is an excellent opportunity to grow relationships with New Zealand’s largest trading partner.
“There is much to be gained for our communities in developing a greater understanding and appreciation of how China operates,” said Mr Cull.
“Face-to-face meetings provide the opportunity for the representatives of our cities, districts and regions to engage directly and look for mutually-beneficial economic development opportunities.”
Sarah Gauthier, ENZ Regional Project Manager, said the education break-out session would be particularly relevant.
“This will be an engaging panel discussion touching on key ideas and interactions with China on education, followed by a chance to engage with some of the Chinese representatives,” said Sarah.
“We encourage education institutions, regional education organisations and other service providers to attend.”
Registration is free but spaces are limited. To register click here.
For more information, contact Sarah Gauthier: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Symposium on offshore delivery, Wellington, Thursday 9 June
Do you deliver education products and services offshore? Are you considering venturing in to this aspect of international education and want to know more? Then come along to a one-day symposium in Wellington on Thursday 9 June to explore the opportunities, challenges and value offshore delivery presents.
Jointly hosted by Education New Zealand and Victoria University of Wellington, the symposium will be an opportunity to learn from local and international presenters about their experiences, and engage and share with colleagues in this specialised field. The programme will cover critical success factors, sustainable and collaborative models, quality assurance, explore markets and partners, and consider an online future.
Offshore delivery is a broad church, and includes the delivery of education through offshore campuses or partners, or via online courses.
Global opportunities for offshore education delivery abound, and a good number of New Zealand institutions and businesses are committed to developing their offshore ventures, especially in markets and niches where New Zealand is well-regarded.
In spite of this, it is estimated that only 3 percent of international students enrolled at New Zealand institutions are offshore, compared to 30 percent for Australia and over 50 percent for the UK.
If you are interested in coming along to the symposium please contact Business Development Manager Adele Bryant for a programme and registration details at: email@example.com or phone (04) 830 0810.
Budget update 2013
Education New Zealand Chief Executive Grant McPherson says the majority of the additional funding will be invested in growing awareness and preference for New Zealand as an international education destination in key markets, promoting New Zealand’s education services and products abroad, and supporting industry-led opportunities for growth.
Broadly, Education New Zealand will invest the funding in:
Broadening and intensifying our marketing activities in tier one and two target markets
Offering increased support to New Zealand international education providers and businesses to achieve greater growth.
Deepening our engagement with overseas education institutions and governments
Increasing the number of New Zealanders studying overseas by establishing new scholarships and encouraging the take up of existing scholarships.
“In addition to our own efforts, we will also continue to work with other government agencies to capitalise on all-of-government initiatives to market New Zealand internationally – ensuring a New Zealand education is promoted alongside tourism and other trade initiatives.”
Education New Zealand will continue to update industry throughout the year about where and how these additional resources are being invested, beginning with the release of our Statement of Intent in May. Following this, we will host a series of industry forums around the country to present our new Business Plan, which sets out Education New Zealand’s priorities for the next three years. These will be scheduled for late June/July and registration information will be sent soon.
Read the Minister’s press release
New Interactive Events Calendar
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Celebrating our education ties with Thailand
Students and their families were able to explore a variety of international study options available in New Zealand with 50 New Zealand institutions providing high-quality representation and advice on the New Zealand education offering.
Ziena Jalil, Education New Zealand Regional Director South – South East Asia, said: “The fact that New Zealand education institutions have visited Thailand every year for 20 years to demonstrate the benefits of studying with them in New Zealand, illustrates our long-term commitment to Thailand and to our Thai partners.”
“This year’s theme for the fair was “New Experiences, New Ideas” and it was important to have the full range of New Zealand institutions and sectors to show the true spirit of New Zealand where new thinking is celebrated and where there are multiple opportunities.”
“With more than 3,000 Thai students studying in New Zealand this year, we are already providing high quality education and life-changing experiences for many Thai students” said Ziena.
Over 400 people attended the fair representing an increase of seven percent from last year, with pre-event publicity including media releases and a media briefing to encourage student registration and boost awareness of the fair.
The fair was the peak event for New Zealand education in Thailand following our August roadshow to Thai secondary schools in Bangkok, promoting New Zealand study opportunities and particularly English language courses. As part of the roadshows ENZ visited three schools and participated in an exhibition held by a network of Thai public schools offering English language programmes.
Education New Zealand also takes this opportunity to provide you with a resourcing update for Thailand. Recruitment is well underway for a new Marketing and Strategic Relationships Manager to be based in Bangkok. Sarah Stabler, ENZ’s Lead – Public Relations/Marketing (SSEA) is your contact point for all ENZ activity in Thailand so please contact Sarah if you have any Thailand related queries firstname.lastname@example.org. We wish to thank Gewalin Lertrasameewong, known to most of us as Nan, for her work over the years with ENZ and the former trust. Nan finished with ENZ on Friday 26 September and we wish her all the very best.
$10 million fund to support teaching of Asian languages
The first call for registration of interest is open from 13 October to 20 November 2014. All state and state-integrated schools can apply for funding under ALLiS.
The Government wants to increase second language learning for all students. As well as learning our national and official languages (English, Te Reo Māori, and New Zealand Sign Language), and Pasifika languages, New Zealand needs to increase the number of students learning Asian languages to support our growing trade and international relationships with key Asian countries.
ALLiS will support schools by setting up new, or strengthening existing, Asian language programmes. ALLiS funding is available for up to 90 schools or clusters of schools, with particular emphasis on those that establish language learning pathways from primary through to secondary schools. The fund will encourage greater collaboration amongst schools in partnership with external Asian Language and Cultural organisations. Once the funding ends, programmes are expected to be self-sustaining.
China, Japan and Korea are amongst our top five trading partners but the number of students learning these languages in our schools is relatively low compared to other international languages. In 2013, only two secondary schools offered Korean, fewer than 40 schools offered Mandarin Chinese, while Japanese was offered by 160 secondary schools.
For more information on the ALLiS programme and the funding process visit the Ministry of Education website.
Added ability for searching New Zealand education organisations
While there has always been the ability to find education organisations on the site by region and type, users can now also choose to filter organisations by their NZQA assigned provider category.
Provider categories are either Category 1, 2, 3 or 4 and are reflective of the findings of the institutions most recent External Evaluation and Review.
The enhancement to the website search function is in response to feedback from the education sector and improves access to information for international students and their agents looking to enrol in courses in New Zealand, as well as students, parents and the public wanting to know more about NZQA-registered tertiary providers.
The search function is available here and includes descriptions of each of the four provider categories.
A taste of New Zealand
Kicking off on 20 May, proceedings got underway with an invitation-only event, hosted by New Zealand’s Ambassador to the Philippines, David Strachan.
ENZ engaged a number of successful New Zealand alumni for media interviews and delivered a keynote presentation to a highly engaged crowd at the Glorietta Mall, Makati City venue.
The ENZ booth was particularly busy over the three days. A number of prospective students came prepared with specific questions, with many focusing on postgraduate study options.
The Experience NZ event also coincided with the celebration of 50 years of diplomatic ties between New Zealand and the Philippines.
This event was the latest in a series of in-market ENZ activities in the Philippines. It followed a successful agent seminar in Manila earlier this year.
A second agent seminar is being held in Cebu on 14 July and is now open for registration.