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  • Inviting feedback on the Capability Toolkit project

    More than 36 pages of tips, guidelines, tools, case studies and scenarios have been developed for the online resource, and ISANA NZ is seeking your feedback. 

    Material is grouped around key themes that include wraparound tailored support, intercultural competence in education contexts, and student experience information for agents and offshore partners. The toolkit will be published early in 2023.  

    “This is all about delivering an excellent student experience,” says Chris Beard, ISANA’s Executive Director. 

    “The toolkit will promote evidence-based practice that supports innovation, nimbleness and risk mitigation, and aligns with the Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021, which came into effect this year.”  

    To browse selected draft pages and provide feedback, go to the ISANA NZ website, and select ‘Toolkit’. To share your reflections, ideas and suggestions, please email content@isana.nz  with the header 'Capability Toolkit feedback'. 

    You may also be interested in the following video presentation about the new toolkit, which was delivered for NZIEC KI TUA 2022: KT004 Student Experience Chris Beard Friederike Tegge - YouTube 

    The next in-person presentation about the toolkit will be held at Victoria University of Wellington-Te Herenga Waka on 2 December, 10.30 – 12pm, AM106 (Alan MacDiarmid). Please contact chris.beard@isana.nz to register your interest.  

  • Latin America masterclasses showcase New Zealand education

    From 25-26 October 2022, the Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao team in Latin America hosted the second edition of the Latin America Masterclasses, an online event that brings Latin American audiences closer to New Zealand universities and showcases the quality of a Kiwi education. There were more than 1700 registrations, and more than 1000 people joined during the six live broadcasts. 

    Centred around ‘Education for sustainable development’ as the main theme, the event brought together researchers from different subject areas to deliver classes focused on the importance of sustainability for the development of society. Lecturers from Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Waikato, Auckland University of Technology and Lincoln University participated. 

    The goal of the initiative was to highlight the quality of education in New Zealand, explore key themes in sustainability, and demonstrate how a New Zealand education prepares students for the future. To promote the event, ENZ carried out an extensive communications campaign on social media, press and trade channels, focusing on countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Argentina. The campaign shared key messages about a Kiwi education with thousands of people across Latin America. 

    Dr Christian Schott of Victoria University of Wellington discussed sustainable tourism development

    Dr Silvia Serrao-Neumann of University of Waikato talked about what makes cities more liveable

    Attendees were able to learn why New Zealand education is considered a world leader in promoting independent thinking – through practical and collaborative teaching – with an emphasis on issues such as environmental preservation and sustainable business innovation. 

    The students also learnt about the concept of kaitiakitanga, which represents taking care of people and place, preserving traditional knowledge for the benefit of future generations. 

    The event's production team at work during the live broadcasts

    All classes were broadcast in English, with simultaneous translation into Portuguese and Spanish. Participants were able to chat with ENZ staff and send through their questions for the speakers to answer live. 

    Following months of preparation for the event, the masterclasses were broadcast on ENZ’s own online platform in Latin America. The site is available to Latin American audiences and features the 2022 and 2021 Masterclasses. There are plans to transform the site in the future, into a permanent hub of events and content on New Zealand education for Latin America audiences.  

  • Indonesian students meet the KIWI Challenge

    Now in its third year, this annual student entrepreneurship competition asks students from schools across Java and Kalimantan to provide innovative ideas or solutions, based on a given theme. Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ) organises the competition in collaboration with Kopi Tuli (Deaf Cafe), a deaf community in Jakarta. 

    This year, ENZ has partnered with Massey University, which chose the theme of sustainable tourism. 

    The school groups will submit videos to a judging panel made up of Massey University academics and ENZ representatives. Submissions will be reviewed by the panel and finalists selected. The students will then be supported through a number of workshops and mentoring by the Massey University academics.  

    This mentoring will prepare finalists for their final pitch in the following weeks. After the final pitches are reviewed, the top three groups will be awarded vouchers worth IDR 2,000,000 – 10,000,000 and offered the opportunity to take part in virtual internships provided by Massey University.  

    Registrations and initial video submissions for KIWI Challenge 2022 have now closed and are currently being assessed by the panel. We received 36 videos from 18 schools across Indonesia – and they are competing to secure a place in the Top 5 finalists.  

    To date, ENZ has engaged more than 1,200 Indonesian students through the programme and each year has showcased a New Zealand university and a particular theme. Previous university partners were Lincoln University (Agribusiness) and the University of Canterbury (Education Technology).

      

    “Now entering its third year, KIWI Challenge has grown into a unique platform for New Zealand and our universities to remain connected to Indonesian students in a meaningful way. Most importantly, we have worked together to identify themes that resonate with young Indonesians and then matched these with the expertise our New Zealand universities have to offer,” Chris Hipkins said.  

    “This year has seen another shift in topic, with student groups focusing on Sustainable Business and Entrepreneurship under the expert guidance of academics from Massey University. With the current challenges facing societies across the globe as a result of climate change, I’m looking forward to the ideas Indonesian students will develop this year in such a meaningful area.”  

    Professor Jan Thomas, Vice-Chancellor of Massey University, was also present at the launch event in Jakarta.  

    “We are honoured to be part of the 2022 KIWI Challenge, and to have the opportunity to inspire Indonesian students to tackle an issue of utmost importance to their homeland - tourism. Massey has many links to Indonesia, particularly through our research partnerships with the University of Mataram. It’s exciting to again be able to showcase our world-class teaching and research on foreign shores. Best of luck to all of the teams taking part in the KIWI Challenge this year.” 

    This year’s KIWI Challenge looks to build on the success of previous years and inspire youth to be engaged in entrepreneurial activities around important social issues, connect students from Indonesia with New Zealand academics and strengthen ties between Indonesia and New Zealand.  

  • Innovative leadership programme funded by PIF proves great success

    The Crusaders partnered with Christchurch-based education provider Boma to develop an engaging online leadership programme sharing the Crusaders Way with rugby coaches for all age levels. The programme draws on rugby legends Scott Robertson, Robbie Deans, Kieran Read and Samuel Whitelock to help participants build a connected and skilful team.  

    The Crusaders chose to collaborate with Boma because of the values alignment between the two organisations, combined with Boma’s expertise in crafting compelling, impactful, scalable online learning experiences.  

    Boma is a recipient of ENZ’s Product Innovation Fund, which assists in the development of programmes that deliver new, meaningful and unique learning experiences from New Zealand, for the world. 

    The funding allowed Boma to embark into a new area and develop the Crusaders pilot programme. Boma already runs events, workshops, and courses, and has worked with leading organisations in Aotearoa and around the world. Some of Boma’s clients include IAG, Meridian Energy, Stuff and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. 

    While fully on-demand online courses have been around for a long time, they typically generate low completion rates. Boma’s approach is different, creating a cohort of learners who move through the programme together, leveraging pre-recorded video with time-sensitive community engagement.  

    Boma founder Kaila Colbin says their unique method delivers extraordinary outcomes. 

    “Our programmes are designed to offer the quality and impact of Stanford, the scalability of Masterclass, and the excitement and shared experience of TED,” she says. 

    Kaila explains that the coaches have the flexibility to complete the course in their own time but have a sense of urgency and accountability because of the community element.  

    The two-week pilot was completed by 114 coaches from 14 countries. It had glowing written feedback and earned a Net Promoter Score, or NPS, of 80%. NPS is a widely used customer satisfaction benchmark in which the potential score ranges from -100 to +100. A positive score is considered good and a score above 50 is considered outstanding. 

    Boma has big plans for the future, growing from rugby leadership to sports leadership to business and general leadership.  

    Registrations are open for the next Crusaders course, which starts on 30 January 2023.  

    Find out more about Boma here and find out more about the Crusaders Coaching Leadership Programme™ here 

  • Join ENZ’s virtual Latin America regional update

    The session – set to take place on Wednesday 5 April at 9 am NZT – is an opportunity for those who are both new to the sector, or wanting to re-establish links in the region, to hear updates from our LatAm team.  

    As the New Zealand international education sector rebuilds, Latin America provides New Zealand institutions with an opportunity for diversification. New Zealand has well-established links in the region, with many strong connections in the fields of education, academic research, government, business, and agriculture.  

    Following the re-opening of borders in 2022, New Zealand has recently welcomed high school student groups on exchange from Brazil and Colombia. In turn, New Zealand students have travelled to Latin America as part of the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America, participating in study tours and exchanges in Chile, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico.  

    To learn more about the Latin America region, be sure to register for the session on this link 

    For more information about international education in the LatAm region, contact latinamerica@enz.govt.nz.

  • Advertising opportunity for NZ education providers and regional groups in Japan

    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.    

    ENZ’s Business Development Manager – Japan, Tomomi Kontani says “New Zealand’s border is now fully open to students from Japan, and interests from students and their parents, schools, and education agents are shifting back from other options.  

    “This is a great opportunity for New Zealand education providers and regional groups to join forces with us to promote New Zealand education to the Japanese public. ENZ Japan is planning to host and participate in various students/business-to-business stakeholder focus events in 2023, and this guidebook will be the main information source we refer to and distribute at these events. Destination marketing plays a key role in student attraction for a market like Japan with a tourism focus and we hope regions can also participate in this special opportunity to introduce their regions and activities.”    

    Advertisement rates for individual providers range from $NZ2,400 to $NZ6,600 for guidebook and/or website listing. Individual providers can download the proposal here. Advertising copy can be provided in English.   

    For regional groups, download the proposal here for further details on the guidebook and pricing (approx. $NZ2,400 for a 2-page colour advertisement and $NZD3,600 for a 4-page colour advertisement). 

    Interested New Zealand education providers and regional groups should contact KBUNSHA directly for any questions (available in English). Advertisement bookings must be made by 30 June 2023.  

    KBUNSHA contact:  

    Minori Takahashi (Director) 

    Tel: +81-3-3234-1744 

    Email: minori@kbunsha.com  

  • Introducing Sharon-May McCrostie, ENZ’s new Director Sector Engagement

    Can you tell us about your professional background including the role you had prior to joining ENZ?

    After graduating from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Management Studies specialising in Japanese and International Business, I joined the primary export sector. I held a range of sales, marketing and business development roles in the seafood and horticultural sectors with a focus on Asian markets, including with ENZA (the NZ Apple and Pear Marketing Board) in Singapore. My first job was in Bluff, exporting live lobster!

    Prior to joining ENZ, I spent 20 years with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise in a range of roles supporting NZ exporters to realise their international growth ambitions. In my last role there, I was Customer Director where I led a team of customer managers supporting digital technology and services exporters across the central New Zealand region.

    What are your thoughts on your new role so far?

    I feel I have joined ENZ at the perfect time as the team here comes together to co-create next year’s business plan. Early in the role, I was catapulted into focus groups with sub-sectors to understand their priorities and ensure we focus on the right opportunities and challenges to enable the international education sector to flourish. Providers were generous in sharing insights and setting expectations for ENZ, providing important input into the business planning process.

    As we work through the process, I have been incredibly impressed with the knowledge of my team and the wider  ENZ team, and admire the depth of passion and ambition to ensure we make a difference to the sector.

    What do you see as the challenges and potential opportunities for our sector?

    The market for international learners is hyper competitive, and our main competitors are driving hard to win market share in the face of ongoing global uncertainty.  New Zealand has an excellent reputation for education, but we must be smarter and nimbler to maintain an edge over our competitors and attract quality learners to NZ. 

    We must continue to build brand awareness and enable agents and providers to provide a compelling case for choosing a NZ education. As the sector shifts from recovery to rebuild, it is an opportunity to think differently about how we partner with the sector to co-create a robust, resilient, and innovative sector that meets the needs of the future learner:  I am excited to be part of that conversation.

    Outside of work, what do you like to do?

    Wellington is blessed with rolling hills that embrace the harbour, and I love running its trails and taking in the soaring views. I also love to swim – mostly in a pool, with the occasional plunge in the ocean. Otherwise, I love to read, rummage through op shops for vintage china and linen, and hang out with my daughters who are my biggest teachers.

     

  • Smart cities and AI technology key focus for KIWI Challenge 2023

    The competition is designed to inspire youth across Indonesia to be engaged in entrepreneurial activities that address societal issues.

    The 2023 theme is “Reforming Indonesia’s mobility and smart cities using AI technology”.

    Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ) organises the competition in collaboration with a New Zealand university and Kopi Tuli (Deaf Cafe), a deaf community in Jakarta. This year, ENZ is partnering up with Auckland University of Technology (AUT) to co-host the initiative.

    School groups are required to submit video entries to a judging panel made up of AUT academics and ENZ representatives. Submissions are reviewed by the panel and finalists selected. The students will then be supported through a number of workshops and mentoring by the AUT academics.  

    The participating academic from AUT is Senior Lecturer International Business, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Dr Taghreed Hikmet, who has expertise in smart cities and is passionate about mentoring and inspiring young future leaders. She has had close involvement in multiple programmes like YES, where she mentored young entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas. 

    Dr Hikmet says she is honoured to be involved this year.   

    “It is a delight to have the opportunity to inspire Indonesian students to think creatively about what the future can look like. The development of smart cities is about improving sustainability, creating opportunities for economic development and enhancing the quality of life for people, I’m looking forward to seeing the ideas students put forward,” she says. 

    ENZ Director Asia Ben Burrowes says that this initiative showcases New Zealand’s world-class education and academics in a meaningful way. 

    “Now entering its fourth year, KIWI Challenge has grown into a unique platform for New Zealand and our top academics to remain connected to Indonesian students in a way that is in touch with what matters to them. We continue to work with partners in Indonesia to identify the themes that resonate with students” he says.

    The winners of the competition will be announced on Saturday 25 November, the top three groups will be awarded vouchers worth IDR 2,000,000 – 10,000,000. 

    To date, the competition has attracted more than 1,000 Indonesian students through the programme and each year has showcased a New Zealand university and a particular theme. Previous university partners were Massey University (Tourism), Lincoln University (Agribusiness) and the University of Canterbury (Education Technology).  

  • Smart waste management idea sees students take out top spot in KIWI Challenge Indonesia finals

    The theme was “Reforming Indonesia’s mobility and smart cities using AI technology”. This year’s initiative hosted 59 teams from across 37 schools for a total of 269 student participants, the highest ever at the KIWI Challenge 

    The groups were required to submit video entries to a judging panel made up of AUT academics and ENZ representatives, who reviewed the submissions and selected finalists. Participants received mentoring from a New Zealand university academic through the process and took part in workshops to refine their business plans. They were given a taste of New Zealand’s learning environment along the way and built an understanding of our tertiary education offering for future planning. 

    The participating academic was Dr Taghreed Hikmet from AUT, a Senior Lecturer in International Business, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship who has expertise in smart cities and is passionate about mentoring and inspiring young future leaders. 

    The finals were held on Saturday 25th November, where six shortlisted teams from across Indonesia presented their ideas to a panel of judges made up of Dr Hikmet (AUT), Ben Burrowes (ENZ’s Regional Director, Asia), and Indonesia Embassy staff (representing Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade), Hira Trisnoputri 

    UniSadhuGuna International College took first place with their ‘Greenlight’ business idea, a smart waste management enterprise which aims to create a sustainable waste management system that actively involves households, businesses, and the government. UniSadhuGuna International College received a voucher worth 10,000,000 Indonesian Rupiah for winning the competition.  

    Winners! The team from UniSadhuGuna international College took out first place with their ‘Greenlight’ business idea.

    Dr Hikmet reflected on the KIWI Challenge warmly. It has been truly rewarding, observing the outstanding progress and growth in the finalists' projects, presentations, and overall confidence.  

    "It was a privilege to engage with high school students across Indonesia, contributing to the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit fostered by the competition. Excitement brews within me for the potential of future collaborations and initiatives,” Dr Hikmet concluded.  

    Following the finals, Ben Burrowes and Dr Taghreed Hikmet participated in an Instagram Live session with KOMPAS TV, the leading media network in Indonesia. This Instagram Live generated a total of 3.4k views and the highest number of people watching online was 348. You can watch the Instagram Live here: Part 1 and Part 2.  

  • Advertising opportunity for Japan’s New Zealand Study Guidebook

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

    ENZ’s Business Development Manager – Japan, Tomomi Kontani said that there is increased demand for information on New Zealand’s education offering.  

    “We are continuing to see significant interest in New Zealand as an education destination from students and their parents, schools, and education agents here in Japan.  

    The KBUNSHA New Zealand Study Guidebook is a trusted publication in Japan and advertising here is a great opportunity for education providers and regions 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 we hope regions can also participate in this special opportunity to introduce their regions and activities”, said Tomomi. 

    This guidebook was distributed at the annual student fair and education stakeholder events hosted by ENZ Japan in 2023 which attracted over 1,000 people. The New Zealand Study Guidebook will remain the main information source referred to and distributed at upcoming education events in Japan.  ENZ encourages NZ providers attending the New Zealand Fair in Tokyo October 2024 to consider advertising in the Study Guidebook to reach your target audience in Japan. 

    Advertisement rates for individual providers range from approx. NZD 2,500 to NZD 6,020 for guidebook and/or website listings. With the “Premier Plan” and “Advertorial Plan”, the school logo will be listed on the new scholarship campaign page built by KBUNSHA. Individual providers can download the proposal here. Advertising copy can be provided in English.   

    For regional groups, download the proposal here for further details on the guidebook and pricing (approx. NZD 2,200 for a 2-page colour advertisement and NZD 3,300 for a 4-page colour advertisement). 

    Bookings must be made by 28 June 2024. For more information, visit the KBUNSHA website here. You can view last year’s guidebook here 

    Alternatively, interested New Zealand education providers and regional groups can contact KBUNSHA for any questions (available in English). 

     

    KBUNSHA contact:  

    Minori Takahashi (Director) 

    Tel: +81-3-3234-1744 

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