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  • Market reports moving to IntelliLab

    ENZ has previously published information about its priority markets on

    However, ENZ has since removed these and replaced them with the in-depth Economist Intelligence Unit country forecasting reports, available on IntelliLab.

    Andrew McPhee, ENZ’s Intelligence Manager, said the market reports provide useful insights for industry players.

    “The forecasting reports are an independent, specialist and unbiased perspective on our key markets, and cover everything from a country’s demography, business environment, political outlook, economic outlook and market opportunities,” said Andrew.

    “The main reports are updated annually, with six monthly updates also provided – making them a current and reliable source of market information.”

    Reports are available for Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Europe, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Vietnam and the US.

    ENZ market factsheets are also being completed, with India and China already uploaded, and more to come in the near future.

    The reports on IntelliLab are only available to registered users, who must be New Zealand education providers or officials.

    “Registration also provides access to other great reports too, with new research continually uploaded,” said Andrew.

  • Student visa approval rates

    Updated student visa decision data

    The 2017 student visa decision data is now available on the INZ website.

    Education providers must use this list when enrolling international students, to confirm if the students come from a country with a high visa decline rate for the purposes of Rule 18.2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013. This Rule specifies the English language proficiency testing requirements for international students from countries with a student visa decline rate of more than 20 percent.

    The list is updated annually and comes into force for Rule 18 purposes one month after publication.

    Education providers that enrol international students have until 25 February 2018 to adjust their enrolment policies. From that date, education organisations must use the published 2017 decline rates when enrolling international students, to determine which Rule 18 requirements apply.

    Agent approval data for Viet Nam and the Philippines

    Since 2016, INZ has published student visa approval rates of education agents in India on its website. INZ has now extended this to include the 2017 student visa approval rate data for education agents assisting student visa applicants in Viet Nam and the Philippines.

    The data includes all education agent and adviser types, including offshore exempt agents and licensed immigration advisers.

    The Viet Nam report is limited to education agents with five or more student visa applications completed in the stated time period, while the Philippines and India reports are limited to education agents with 10 or more student visa applications completed.

    Please contact if you have any questions. 

  • NZIEC 2018: Theme and call for speakers

    ENZ warmly welcomes presentation proposals from across the global international education industry for the 27th NZIEC. Submissions are welcome on any topic relating to the international education industry. Check out the guidelines for presenters and submit your proposal on the NZIEC website. Our call for speakers closes on Friday16 March 2018.

    Conference theme: Inspiring Global Citizens 

    ‘We must no longer consider ourselves
    as citizens of the cities or countries in which we live,
    but we must consider ourselves citizens of the globe.’

    In this time of rapid change and globalisation, international education has a vital role in equipping our society with the skills needed for the future. New Zealand is ideally placed to address this need. We rank first in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Educating for the FutureIndex for our ability to equip our young leaders with the critical thinking, collaboration and global awareness skills they need to succeed in an increasingly internationalised and technology-driven world.

    The 27th New Zealand International Education Conference and Expo (NZIEC) will explore how international education can build on this strength to equip and inspire our students, educators and professionals to become the new wave of global influencers and leaders. Our international education industry can help change the world.

    NZIEC 2018 will explore the following questions:

    1. How do we inspire and develop the next generation of global citizens?
    2. How can we harness technology to enhance our international education marketing, offering and practices?
    3. How can we forge leading-edge education products, services and technologies that will be in-demand in existing and future global markets?
    4. How can we connect the value of international education to our diverse communities?
    5. How can we work together to ensure international education contributes to New Zealand’s future development? 

    NZIEC 2018 will feature five breakout streams. Check them out here.

    About NZIEC 2018

    The New Zealand International Education Conference and Expo is the annual conference for New Zealand’s international education industry. NZIEC 2018 will be held at Te Papa Tongarewa on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August and is expected to attract 700 delegates. Registration will open in May 2017. For more information, check out We hope to see you there!

  • What’s new on The Brand Lab this month?

    The ENZ Brand Lab is a rich source of images, videos and other marketing tools to help our industry partners promote New Zealand education.

    Orientation images and vox pop videos

    ENZ visited one of our local university campuses over orientation to find out how new international students were enjoying their first days of study in New Zealand.

    We asked students to answer three questions about their experience so far. You can find these videos on the Brand Lab by searching “Vox pops”. Or share the videos directly from our Facebook page by following the links below.

    To find the images from this shoot, go to the Brand Lab and search for “Orientation”.

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    To find the images from this shoot, go to the Brand Lab and search for “Orientation”.

    Future Proof video

    The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked New Zealand #1 in the world for preparing students for the future. ENZ’s Future Proof Yourself video features international alumni sharing how their New Zealand education helped to prepare them for the future. The video has been very popular across our social media channels and has been viewed more than 30 million times.

    To share the video on your own channels, search “Future Proof” on the Brand Lab or share directly from our Facebook page.

    Register for the Brand Lab

    It is quick and easy to register for the Brand Lab. Simply go to and complete the registration form.

    If you haven’t visited the Brand Lab in a while, please note that we migrated to a new website mid-way through 2017. The new Brand Lab is much easier to use with improved search functionality. If you haven’t used the new site yet, you will have to register again. 

  • SIEBA’s 2018 hui is close to sell-out

    With 320 registered delegates, the second annual SIEBA hui on 17-18 May at Te Papa in Wellington is fully booked on day one, with places still available for the dinner and day two.

    The hui will feature 40 presenters from across the New Zealand school sector as well as a range of external experts.

    Author and television host Nigel Latta is this year’s keynote speaker.

    The hui is open to principals, international directors and managers, international deans, administrators and homestay co-ordinators of SIEBA member schools.

    Jennifer Kirkham, SIEBA Professional Learning & Development Operations Manager, who is managing the hui, said it was “very pleasing” to see the hui generate such strong interest across the sector.

    “It shows how SIEBA is continuing to grow in value to its member schools, government agencies and to wider industry.

    “The hui offers a wide range of seminars focused on building cultural competency, the student experience and running an international student business, which will appeal to the variety of delegates attending the hui.”

    The hui includes sessions on meaningful cross-cultural interaction that enrich the experience of all students, mental health and wellbeing needs of international students, and helping schools grow their international student programmes through effective strategic planning, marketing and budgeting, she said.

    “It's also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the sector’s success, with five International Education Leadership Awards being presented during the conference dinner,” Kirkham said.

    Richard Kyle, ENZ’s Business Development Manager, said ENZ’s relationship with SIEBA, as the school sector peak body for international education, has proven to be a very important government-industry partnership that continues to drive capability, quality and efficiency to the sector.

    “SIEBA also provides advice and advocacy for its members and the wider sector along with other sector peak bodies on themes such as school-to-tertiary education pathways, which help ensure a thriving sector and sustainable growth for industry,” Kyle said.

    Registrations for day two (18 May) of the 2018 SIEBA Hui can be completed on this link.

  • ENZ’s Connect seminar series returns in 2018

    The seminars will be hosted by ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson and General Manager Industry Development Greg Scott.

    ENZ is planning to use this face-to-face time to listen to industry partners and participants will be encouraged to share insights throughout each seminar. 

    “We want to offer practical support to our industry," Mr McPherson said.

    “To help us achieve this, it would be valuable to hear about your experiences. For example, what are the biggest challenges you face? Where do you see opportunity? How can ENZ better assist the international education industry from your perspective?”

    Attendees will also receive an update on ENZ’s strategic direction and current priorities. What these insights mean for industry and how ENZ’s work can be leveraged will also be discussed.   

    “ENZ looks to do the longer term strategic thinking to help provide real intelligence and direction for New Zealand’s international education industry,” said Mr McPherson.

    The series will involve seven workshops in six New Zealand cities. The seminars are open to all international education professionals. They will be particularly valuable for leaders and international staff from:





    Thursday 14 June



    0900 - 1130

    Friday 15 June


    Dunedin Public Art Gallery

    1300 - 1530

    Monday 18 June


    Claudelands Arena

    0900 - 1130

    Tuesday 19 June


    Te Wharewaka o Poneke

    0900 - 1130

    Wednesday 20 June

    Palmerston North

    Massey University:
    Sport and Rugby Institute

    1300 - 1530

    Thursday 21 June



    0900 - 1130

    Thursday 21 June



    1300 - 1530

     Registration details can be found here. Light refreshments will be served.

     Please note: This event is for representatives from New Zealand education institutions and Education Technology Businesses only.

  • NZIEC 2018 nearing capacity

    New Zealand International Education Conference and Expo (NZIEC) are selling like hotcakes and a sell-out crowd is expected.

    We also have a broad array of partners joining us for this year’s event.

    ENZ is pleased to announce that Southern Cross Travel Insurance and Vodafone New Zealand / OKNZ will be joining NZIEC as our Premium Partners.

    Vodafone is offering connectivity packages for international students that includes bonus data and calling offers as well as a greeting and translation service.

    Meanwhile, Southern Cross Travel Insurance will showcase its affordable travel insurance options for international students and their families, including for students moving into the local workforce.

    Other partners joining us at conference are:

    • IDP IELTS Australia offers IELTS testing in New Zealand and around the world. IDP has more than 80 offices in over 25 countries to assist the placement of international students in education institutions.
    • QS Intelligence Unit appears at NZIEC to showcase its expertise as a trusted source of global higher education intelligence to inform institutional decision-making. QS provides high-quality intelligence, distinctive evaluation tools and transformational insight.

    “We thank our Premium Partners and Partners for their support of our industry’s annual hui,” says Grant McPherson, ENZ Chief Executive.

    “We encourage conference delegates to connect with them in the Expo Hall during conference.” 

    Be sure to book your accommodation and confirm your registration today at  

  • ENZ workshops in September

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    Workshop 1: Students’ view from their window travelling along the digital freeway

    Technology is changing the way education providers engage with potential students. Placing you in the driver’s seat on the digital freeway, you will experience first-hand what international students see as they race toward their destination. As with any road trip, there are detours, attractions and temptations that can change the direction.

    This workshop will use a segmentation model to identify what tools are available and what skills are required, and give examples of how education providers, at various stages of digital maturity, can leverage them for success.

    Target audience: Participants involved in international strategy, marketing, recruitment and admissions.


    • Identify how your organisation is segmented and what tools are appropriate
    • Gain exposure to example initiatives that best-practice providers have used to improve their student recruitment efficiency
    • Connect with other practitioners about their experiences and identify opportunities for further exploration. 


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    Workshop 2: Beyond the great firewall: social media in China

    Coming to grips with digital and social media in China is no easy task. Between VPNs, firewalls and the influx of local alternative platforms, it can be a difficult market to gain cut-through.  

    This workshop will empower participants to get beyond the great firewall and embrace digital and social media platforms in China. It will showcase best practice case studies and how best to engage prospective students.

    Target audience: Marketing and recruitment professionals and student services staff. It is best suited to those who already have some knowledge of Chinese social media. 


    • Learn how to incorporate Chinese social media into your wider recruitment strategy 
    • Gain an understanding of the financial input required 
    • Learn how to integrate your campaigns with agents.


    These workshops will be available in:

    Christchurch – 11 September 2018
    Venue: ChristchurchNZ, Level 3, 101 Cashel Street

    Wellington – 12 September 2018
    Venue: ENZ, Level 5 Lambton House, 160 Lambton Quay

    Auckland – 13 September 2018
    Venue: ATEED, Level 8, 139 Quay St, Auckland 


    Workshop 1 will run in the mornings from 9am-12:30pm, followed by Workshop 2 from 1:30pm- 5:00pm.

    The registration fee for a single workshop is $375, or you can register for both workshops for $500.


    These workshops follow a series of well-reviewed workshops delivered by HECG across New Zealand earlier this year.

    Feedback from previous HECG workshops:

    "This is the most useful workshop I have attended in a long time. I will be able to take back a lot of ideas that can be applied at my institution. Very keen to delve deeper into some of the topics further. Great presenters!"

    Register now by clicking here.

    If you have any questions, please contact

  • Register for China vocational education forum

    The forum brings together government agencies, and industry and education leaders in technical and vocational education from New Zealand and China.

    The aim is for all those involved to share their experiences in developing training institutions, strengthen collaboration between the two countries, and plan the development of model programmes in the sector.  

    This is the 6th forum which has been held annually in either China or New Zealand under the auspices of the China-New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Model Programme.      

    With at least 52 senior leaders from higher vocational education institutions in China set to attend, ENZ Regional Director China & North Asia, Adele Bryant, says the event is a unique opportunity for New Zealand vocational and technical education leaders to demonstrate how their institutions are fostering critical and creative thinking in students.

    “With ‘The Entrepreneurial Institution’ theme, this year’s forum is a great platform to showcase New Zealand’s strengths in encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship,” Adele said.

    “It’s a fantastic opportunity to share ideas, network and form relationships with leaders from China at a time when they are increasingly looking to New Zealand for solutions.”

    A range of leaders in vocational education in New Zealand – from CEOs and International Directors to anyone involved in developing innovation and entrepreneurship strategies at vocational training institutions – are invited to present at the forum.

    Registration is limited to 50 delegates from New Zealand, with early bird registrations closing 31 August.

    For more information and to register for the symposium, click here.

  • Are you making the most of IntelliLab?

    ENZ’s Intelligence Manager Andrew McPhee encourages all New Zealand education providers working in international education to make the most of this resource.

    “International education professionals want to be as informed as possible before making important decisions – IntelliLab should be your go-to source,” he says.

    IntelliLab is free, easy to access and provides the latest information on student numbers and trends, market information, industry valuations, research, and insights on developments such as the recent downturn in new Chinese students, to help industry make informed decisions.

    “It also includes exclusive content – while the summary dashboards and most infographics are available for anyone to download, the reports and insights are only available to registered New Zealand government officials and international education providers.

    “The interactive numbers tools in particular are popular with users, such as TED (The Enrolments Data), as it enables providers to analyse student numbers over the past five years by their key markets, sectors, and region,” Andrew says.

    Christchurch NZ Programme Manager Bree Loverich says the data from IntelliLab is a key source of support for the work she does at a regional level.

    “We are increasingly asked to provide data insights at a moments’ notice for various stakeholders and to support business cases for our student visitor activities, major events, talent attraction and retention.

    “The support and quality of data provided by ENZ’s intelligence team is outstanding. They have always provided quality insights and analysis to support our efforts to make informed decisions and projects that benefit industry and the student body.

    “They have also made it possible for me to articulate the value of the industry to key influencers in the region. It’s a service that the region has come to trust and we could not be successful without it.”

    Recently added publications include:

    • Monthly visa summaries and the interactive visa tool updates
    • New Zealand Education system at a glance (OECD and MOE updates)
    • Regional student number data cubes
    • Economist Intelligence Unit country, region, and city reports
    • 2018 Student numbers interactive tool
    • 2018 Enrolments by level and field (SDR providers only)
    • Market update webinars
    • Viet Nam schools sector implementation plan
    • China market trends -FSV decline report 

    Soon to be added publications will include:

    • 2018 valuation of international education delivered in New Zealand
    • 2018 valuation of education exports from New Zealand
    • Valuation infographics
    • Regional infographics
    • Sector factsheets
    • Market factsheets

    You can access the IntelliLab registration page here.

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