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  • Funding available to reimagine international education

    Registrations of interest are open now for ENZ’s International Education Product Innovation Fund (PIF), closing on Wednesday 4 May 2022. Funding is available to all New Zealand-based organisations and individuals with fresh ideas for international education. 

    The PIF will support providers of education – whether established, new or emerging – to explore, develop and test pilot projects of new products and services that reimagine international education. 

    “New” could mean the mode of delivery, the configuration, the learner experience and learner outcomes, or the type of collaboration. The pilot projects developed through the PIF will help explore what could set New Zealand apart from its competitors, how students want to engage with New Zealand education, and how to increase the sector’s resilience to future shocks. 

    “We are extremely excited to now be receiving registrations of interest for the Product Innovation Fund”, says Euan Howden, ENZ’s Director of Innovation. “By encouraging and enabling the development of new, innovative products and services, we are seeking to position the sector for a more sustainable and resilient future and take advantage of trends such as alternative credentials, life-long learning and flexible learning.” 

    Underlying the PIF is the principle of tukutuku, or partnership. Each pilot project supported through the PIF will be a partnership based on mutual benefit and reciprocity between ENZ and the provider. 

    ENZ will offer funding of up to $300,000 per pilot (but is open to considering proposals that seek greater funding), as well as connections, support and credibility. In turn, ENZ is looking for applicants who can show a commitment of resource, a willingness to share lessons, reporting and insights for broader benefit, an openness to new thinking, and willingness to give best effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

    The PIF is one of ENZ’s initiatives underway to build a sustainable and diverse international education sector for New Zealand which is more resilient to future shocks such as COVID-19. The programme is funded by the Covid Response and Recovery Fund and is linked to the Government’s Strategic Recovery Plan for International Education. 

    The results of the pilots supported through the PIF will eventually inform recommendations to the Government in September 2023 on future investment in the development and diversification of international education. 

    To learn more and register your interest, click here. 

  • Kōrerorero on quality education

    Panellists included 

    • Dr Dawn Freshwater, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Auckland, who is also the first woman to hold this role 
    • Dr Sandra Regina Goulart Almeida, Vice-Chancellor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil 
    • Dr Alejandro Ceballos, Vice-Chancellor at the Universidad de Caldas in Colombia. 

    With simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and Portuguese, the session attracted more than 100 attendees and 350 registrations from across Latin America and Aotearoa New Zealand. Panellists shared their thoughts on gender equality, integration, and inclusion, and how to achieve more equitable access to quality education. They also discussed the main priorities and focus of their institution in relation to SDG 4, and how they overcome challenges to achieve the SDG’s objectives.  

    Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao’s Kōrerorero webinar series is intended for academics, education agents and media in Latin America and New Zealand. It has been particularly effective in maintaining awareness of a New Zealand education while our borders are closed, while also contributing to discussions on important matters related to international education. Across the six episodes since its launch in 2020, more than 1,000 people have attended, with many subsequent views on YouTube.  

    If you would like to watch this episode, please click here

  • Workshops on supporting international students’ mental health

    Monday 30 May 2022 at Helen Kitson Centre, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Christchurch

    Register here by 26 May.

     

    Monday 20 June 2022 at Lower Hutt Events Centre, Wellington

    Register here by 13 June. 

     

    About the workshop: 

    Culture shock, language barriers, isolation, loneliness, homesickness, separation from support groups, the loss of confidence — these are just a few of the challenges faced by many international students in New Zealand. Add to these differences in how different societies view, talk about and seek solutions for challenges relating to mental health, and we can see why it is difficult for schools to support their students effectively when they are struggling. 

    This workshop will be jointly facilitated by Ivan Yeo, Deputy Director of Asian Family Services and Jennifer Kirkham, PLD Operations Manager of SIEBA. The goal is to explore what might be going on for students struggling with their mental health, and how providers might best support them.  The workshop will be highly interactive with a focus on sharing and discussion of the topics provided, guided by the facilitators. 

  • Advertising opportunity in Japan

    Click here to view a sample advertisement.

    The publication is the only one of its kind supported by the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo and Education New Zealand. KBUNSHA distributes 20,000 copies to Japanese schools, universities and education organisations as well as education fairs and seminars.   

    “With the New Zealand border gradually reopening to students from Japan, along with the recent New Zealand Prime Minister’s visit to Japan in April, this is a great opportunity for us to join forces to promote New Zealand education to the Japanese public. Destination marketing plays a key role in student attraction for a market like Japan with a tourism focus and I hope regions can also participate in this special opportunity to introduce their regions and activities,” says ENZ Director of Education – Japan, Misa Kitaoka.  

    To advertise, bookings must be made by 30 June 2022 directly with KBUNSHA (details for English speaking contact person are included in the NZ Proposal).

    Advertisement rates for individual providers range from $NZ1,200 to $NZ6,000 for guidebook and/or website listing. Individual providers can download the proposal here. Advertising copy can be provided in English.  

    For further details on the guidebook and pricing for regional groups (starting at $NZ2,300 for a 2-page colour advertisement) download the proposal here.

  • From the Chief Executive: Stepping up the promotion of international education

    We’re about to embark on education-focussed travel that will include three of our important markets for international education – the United States, Chile and Brazil. As part of the trip, the delegation led by Education Minister Chris Hipkins will attend NAFSA, the world’s biggest international education event, held in Denver, Colorado.

    This trip will also feature the launch of ENZ’s amazing new global marketing campaign on 31 May 2022 at NAFSA – there’s a sneak preview in this issue of E-News.

    I’m also delighted to let you know that planning is well underway for the 29th New Zealand International Education Conference (NZIEC) to be held in August. To ensure we reach the widest possible audience at a critical time for the rebuild of the industry, NZIEC 2022 will be delivered in a virtual format this year, at no cost to attendees.

    Following on from the government’s announcements earlier this month on changes to immigration settings and the restart of student visa applications from 31 July 2022, there have been two further announcements that are important for the international education sector. These relate to the outcome of recent consultation on enrolling international fee-paying students under Year 9, and a refresh of the New Zealand International Education Strategy.  

     

    International students up to Year 9  

    The government has decided to make no change to the ability of international students to enrol in New Zealand primary and intermediate schools. This follows earlier consultation on possible options to restrict the enrolment of international students below Year 9, which closed in March 2022.

    This announcement has been widely welcomed, and demonstrates the government listened closely to feedback received from the sector and other interested parties. It’s good news that we can resume welcoming young students and groups to New Zealand schools across all age levels as our borders reopen.    

     

    New Zealand International Education Strategy (NZIES)

    The existing NZIES dates back to 2018, and the impact of Covid-19 and the changed global education environment mean another look at the strategy is timely.  Consultation on a refreshed NZIES 2022-2030 is underway, and I encourage you to provide your views and feedback before consultation closes on 24 June 2022.

    The draft refreshed NZIES 2022-2030 reflects the government’s continued commitment to international education, and the need for us to focus on building back better from the pandemic. It includes two phases. The first phase is about rebuilding and recovery – promoting New Zealand’s education brand and supporting student recruitment.  The second phase aims to build capability and investment in a more diverse and resilient international education sector.

    As a package, the recent government decisions including the immigration rebalance mean we now have increased certainty about the operating environment for the international education sector. We look forward to working with you to rebuild our international education sector to be a major contributor to New Zealand. And we look forward to students from all around the world enjoying the benefits of a New Zealand education, and New Zealanders enjoying the benefits these students bring to our communities.

     

    He rā ki tua – better times are coming.  

    Grant McPherson

  • Around the world in five – July 2022

    International 

    New Zealand’s offshore graduates call for post-study work visa extension 

    NZ reveals 30 groups for PM’s scholarships 

    New Zealand unveils 30 groups for Prime Minister's Scholarships 

    Current events to have “long-term impacts” on sector 

    Are universities solving or accelerating the environmental crisis? 

    New Zealand 

    Institutions get ready to welcome international students 

    Northland education and tourism sectors await international students 

    Farewelling the undiplomatic diplomat 

    Graduation gown tells story of time in NZ 

    Hopes foreign student numbers back to pre-Covid levels by 2024 

    International students reunite with families after two-year pandemic separation 

    PM’s scholarships fund indigenous links 

    How universities are luring lucrative international students back 

    Canada 

    Exploring Indigenous cultures and societies around the world 

    China 

    China lockdowns driving study abroad interest, say stakeholders 

    The winners of the China-New Zealand "Three Brothers Cooperation Project" 2022-2023 Annual Fund were announced 

    Colombia 

    They held a virtual course on Culture and Society for teachers and public officials 

    New Zealand offers virtual courses with its best universities 

    Education agencies will help Colombians for their education in New Zealand 

    Indonesia 

    Girls in tech & education New Zealand facilitates education for Indonesian women 

    Matariki, the Maori New Year as a New Zealand’s unique celebration 

    Malaysia 

    New Zealand ready to welcome Malaysian students this August 

    Mexico 

    “Clear signs” for recruitment growth in Mexico 

    Nigeria 

    Nigerian students — which countries will give you the best shot for visa approvals? 

    South Korea 

    Embassy of New Zealand in Korea - New Zealand Education Promotion Agency, 'New Zealand Asia Coding Camp' 

    Thailand 

    Embassy of New Zealand Open House New Zealand Hybrid Bachelor's Preparation Course 

    New Zealand Education partners with 5 Schools in Dang Rayong to develop digital classroom projects  

    Young Animators 

    United Kingdom 

    Prime Minister signs landmark science agreement with New Zealand 

    Viet Nam 

    International students return to New Zealand from 1/8 

    New Zealand Future Skills Summer Camp 2022 revealed 

    'Study Abroad Day' brings together more than 100 global universities 

    Strengthening education cooperation between Vietnam and New Zealand 

    Face-to-face key to recruiting Vietnam Gen Z 

  • Alumni events in China build ties with NZ

    More than 100 past, current and future students, as well as representatives from China’s Ministry of Education and six other key government agencies, attended an event in Beijing on 8 July 2022, organised by Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao.  

    Two former international students played a major role in the success of this event.  

    Chinese author Ma Boyong gave a keynote speech. Ma Boyong was a student at Waikato University, and today he is a well-known novelist, columnist and blogger, whose work has been adapted into successful TV drama series. His achievements have been recognised with the People's Literature Prize, one of China's most prestigious honours.  He told guests how his New Zealand study inspired his creativity, his desire to be a writer, and led to love – he met his wife in New Zealand! 

    Reggie Li, who trained at the New Zealand School of Travel and Tourism and later worked extensively at top restaurants and hotels in New Zealand as a chef, is the New Zealand Embassy’s executive chef.  Reggie gave salmon cooking demonstrations to the assembled guests. The demo was interactive and put a spotlight on searing/cooking salmon with a blowtorch.  The salmon was then enjoyed by the guests.  New Zealand-imported Aoraki salmon is often served at embassy events as it has a strong reputation in China, promotes sustainability and is, of course, loved by Chinese. 

    In Guangzhou on 10 July 2022, a similar number of guests gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China, and the festival of Matariki, the Māori New Year.   

    Organised by ENZ with support from other government agencies (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and Tourism New Zealand), the 2022 NZ Guangzhou Community Mid-Year Event brought together close to 100 agents, past, present and future students and New Zealand expats. The event included a screening of the award-winning film Whale Rider. 

    “Events like this help us maintain relationships with our alumni students, connect new students with alumni, and strengthen people’s connections with New Zealand,” says Miranda Herbert, ENZ’s Director based in China. 

    “It is also very rewarding to showcase the benefits of a New Zealand education and hear about its impact on the lives and careers of former students.” 

    Interested in other upcoming events with Greater China?  

    The 2022 New Zealand – China Early Childhood Education Symposium will be held on 23 September and New Zealand-based participants can register here to join virtually.  

    In October New Zealand will have a national pavilion at the China Education Expo 2022. For more information on these events, please refer to the ENZ Events Page. 

  • Innovation at Mission New Zealand

    With support from the product and service diversification pilot funding round led by Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ), the new platform is being developed and managed by The Mind Lab.

    Mission New Zealand offers a fully immersive and distinctively New Zealand experience. It focuses on the key differences that New Zealand offers and the benefits of being part of a movement for positive change. A range of shorter learning opportunities are grouped under four themes that reflect New Zealand’s progressiveness and values: culture, tech innovation, creativity and sustainability.

    Visitors to the site will be greeted by the world’s first 360° virtual pōwhiri, starting at the gates of Ngāti Whātua Orākei Marae in Auckland. They will experience being called onto the marae with a karanga and stepping onto the grounds to be welcomed by members of Ngāti Whātua.

    A screenshot from Mission New Zealand's virtual pōwhiri

    Personalised learning, with optional content and stories, insights and other material will help learners experience what makes New Zealand unique.

    The new platform is designed to address the increasing global demand for connecting with a visible cause, for online learning options, and for shorter and more flexible courses.

    There are still opportunities for New Zealand education providers interested in being part of this opportunity, before the marketing campaign gets underway over the next two months. The site will enable providers to test the demand for their short courses and micro-credentials in areas of New Zealand specialist expertise.

    This project is part of ENZ’s programme to encourage the development of new products and services in the international education sector, supported by the COVID Response and Recovery Fund.

    The Mind Lab was founded in 2013 and has a strong background in innovation, online delivery and building community connections, including relationships with iwi and Māori-led organisations.

  • New Zealand – Korea digital student exchange

    Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ) again worked in partnership with two education organisations in South Korea – Gangwon International Education Institute and Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education – as well as with NZ-based Learn English Live, to deliver the programme. 

    The programme offers opportunities for Korean 12–14-year-olds, and for New Zealand students, many from low-decile schools, to develop their language skills and engage in cross-cultural relationships with their international peers. This is done through Zoom sessions using quizzes and other interactive activities, where students can share aspects of their life. Facilitated, student-led discussions in small groups are another key feature of the programme. 

    In all, 654 students from 12 New Zealand schools and 16 South Korean schools participated in the programme, attending sessions once a week for seven weeks – 102 sessions in total. 

    Students who participated in the programme represented the following schools across New Zealand: 

    Sylvia Park School, Rotorua Intermediate, Raumati Beach School, Finlayson Park School, Tauranga Boys College, Taupo Intermediate, Cambridge High School, Waimea Intermediate, Tokoroa Intermediate, Solway College, Rowandale Intermediate, Auckland Grammar.  

    Each school assigned at least one of their classes to take part in this programme, with teachers recommending the initiative to their colleagues for future sessions.  

    Within the Seoul and Gangwon regions in South Korea the following schools took part:  

    Seoul Schools: Dongguk Middle School, Wonmyoung Elementary School, Nonhyun Elementary School, Sinseo Middle School, Soongeui Elementary School, Topsan Elementary School, Gajaeul Elementary School, Seoul Kyodong Elementary School, Hansan Elementary School, Seoul Anpyeong Elementary School, Singa Elementary School, Buksung Elementary School, Songwon Elementary School.  

    Gangwon Schools: Gangreung Haeram Middle School Buron Middle School Namchuncheon Girls' Middle School.  

    A total of 339 children from South Korea were digitally connected with children in New Zealand. 

    The 2022 programme has provided many positive benefits for schools, teachers, children, and the wider community both in New Zealand and South Korea. In a world where in-person exchange and cultural opportunities remain constrained, the programme has continued to enable school children to connect with their international peers and develop long-term connections.  

    Feedback from teachers in New Zealand highlighted the enthusiasm that children in the classroom showed towards the programme.  

    The incorporation of a hybrid STEM-based and cultural-based exchange model was especially welcomed and enabled the promotion of unique aspects of Māori culture, in a modern format, on the international education stage.  

    New Zealand teachers also gave the programme the thumbs up. Given their high workloads, they appreciated that they did not have to organise the content or facilitate the sessions, as this was taken care of by the Learn English Live (LEL) team.  

    The programme provided the opportunity to indirectly promote a New Zealand school education to a South Korean audience. Students there were reported to be highly engaged throughout the exchange. The ENZ team will give a presentation on the programme at the Australia International Education Conference (AIEC) in October 2022: The session will explain the programme evaluation and survey methodology and how the results are being used by ENZ and LEL to continue to enhance the digital exchange to benefit students. The presenters will also discuss how they overcame challenges relating to language barriers, as one of the main goals of the exchange is to support Korean students with learning and practising English. 

    Contacts for more information 

    New Zealand representatives attending AIEC can attend the ENZ session or contact our South Korea team to receive a copy of the presentation slides after the conference (Alanna Dick) 

    Know of a New Zealand school interested in the next round of NZ-Korea digital student exchange? Please contact Learn English Live (William Clarke).

  • Education Minister addresses first World Vocational and Technical Education Development Conference

    The conference was jointly organised by Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO and the Tianjin Municipal People’s Government.

    An audience comprising representatives from government departments, international organisations, trade associations, businesses, research groups and vocational education providers joined the hybrid event to discuss moving forward in the post pandemic era.  Topics covered included digital empowerment, green technology, industry/education integration, skill development and poverty reduction, promotion of equity and lifelong learning.

    The Minister outlined New Zealand’s recent experience of vocational education reform, highlighting the importance of integrated provider and work-based training, with learners and employers at the centre of the reform process. COVID-19 had continued to cause disruption around the world, but this also provided opportunities for change as countries plan for recovery, he said.

    The Minister’s involvement in the conference highlighted the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations between the two countries this year, as well as the long standing and deep collaboration between New Zealand and China in vocational education.

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