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  • ENZ event activities for 2018

    There are two key student recruitment seasons. Depending on the market, these are March/April and September/October.

    Confirmed events and dates will be published on the ENZ event calendar on 31 October. Event registration will open shortly after for events taking place during the first six months of 2018.

    Please note: This is an overview and is subject to change. As such, it should only be used to help with high-level planning.

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  • NZIEC 2017 to be biggest ever

    More than 700 delegates, presenters, exhibitors and sponsors will descend on SkyCity Convention Centre in Auckland to connect and discuss significant issues and opportunities for our industry.

    “The fact that more than 700 delegates are participating this year is a ringing endorsement of the health of the industry,” says ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson.

    “We’ve invested in NZIEC as a key initiative to bring all parts of our industry together to connect, exchange ideas and develop new ventures. This year’s theme is leadership, and we’re looking forward to two days of great presentations and stimulating discussions to drive the next phase of the industry’s development.”

    This year’s conference boasts an amazing range of conference partners and exhibitors. Lead Partner BPO Intelligence will be showcasing its print and digital offerings for every stage of the international student lifecycle.

    ENZ is delighted to welcome Vodafone New Zealand as Premium Partner. Vodafone is offering connectivity packages for international students that includes bonus data and calling offers as well as a greeting and transition service.

    ENZ is also pleased to welcome the following partners to conference:

    • Endeavour Education Services Ltd offers a range of services for institutions both seeking to undertake international recruitment and international students' work preparedness.
    • IDP IELTS Australia joins NZIEC this year. It offers IELTS testing in more than 50 countries around the world, including 16 locations in New Zealand.

    The PIE News returns as our official media partner, ISANA New Zealand joins us as programme partner, and we also welcome Ako Aotearoa, the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. 

    But wait, there’s more! This year’s Expo Hall will feature a record 25 exhibitors. For a full list of exhibitors, check out the conference app or website.

    We look forward to seeing you at the international education event of the year!

    Registration closed

    While we are unable to accept any new registrations, you can still follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #NZIEC.  

  • Students experience a New Zealand classroom in Thailand

    Approximately 600 fair visitors, including students and their parents, were given a glimpse into what life is like for New Zealand students.

    The fair was also attended by the New Zealand Ambassador to Thailand, His Excellency Ben King, who presided over the opening ceremony and welcomed all the participants.

    A popular exhibit was the New Zealand simulated classroom experience, which showcased New Zealand’s interactive and hands-on learning and teaching methods.

    ENZ Marketing and Strategic Relations Manager – Thailand Chortip Pramoolpol, said the simulated classroom experience drew a great response from fair participants and was fully booked for each of the four sessions on offer.

    “The simulated classroom experience targeted students aged 11 to 18 years old".

    “With Facebook Live in one of the classroom sessions, we were able to reach 43,282 people!"

    “The top five locations for people to engage with the Facebook Live stream were Bangkok, Auckland, Wellington, Metro Manila and Ho Chi Minh City.

    “We also launched a new registration and lead management system at the fair, which will enable us and education institutions to continue to engage with potential international students,” Chortip said.

  • IntelliLab launched at NZIEC

    Further developments to the portal will provide a more interactive experience, with customised dashboards and searches.

    Providers will be able to use IntelliLab via a single log-in that will also give them access to ENZ’s SkillsLab and BrandLab.

    ENZ’s Intelligence Manager Andrew McPhee described the response from industry users as overwhelmingly positive.  

    “The recently released New Zealand International Education Snapshot (2016 full-year report) is available on IntelliLab and is proving very popular with users,” he said. 

    Interactive tools on the portal include TED (The Enrolments Data), which enables users to access and analyse student numbers over the past five years by market, sector, and region. 

    Shortly, TED will be joined by ELF, a tool that will enable users to sort student numbers by level and field of study.

    All previously available student number resources (visa dashboards and student visa trends) will continue to be offered on IntelliLab under the ‘Student Numbers’ tab without users needing to register.

    You can access Intellilab on this link and either register through the Registration link on the homepage header or be prompted to register when first trying to download a document via the site.

  • 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.

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