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Bringing Us Together – TVET in the Asia-Pacific
The Global COVID pandemic has put skills issues and innovation on the center stage, as governments, industries, and educators alike work to upskill and reskill workforces disrupted by the pandemic and ensure strong working futures.
The APAC TVET Forum will bring together the necessary key groups for effective TVET: Governments, Industries, and Educators. The Forum will offer Government to Government (G2G), Business to Business (B2B), and System-to-System content streams, then “bring us together” for a cross-system conversation across the APAC region.
The Forum will be free to register, and held over two Fridays (5 November and Friday 12 November, 2021) across the following local times:
- Bangkok, Thailand 09.30-14.00
- Beijing, China 10.30-15.00
- AEDT 13.30-18.00
- Samoa 14.30-19.00
- New Zealand 15.30-19.30
We will hear from senior government officials, major companies, international agencies and organisations, and TVET sector leaders from around the APAC region.
The New Zealand partners include New Zealand government’s international education agency, its largest private sector vocational education consultancy, and New Zealand’s new national institution for Vocational Education and Training.
We look forward to welcoming colleagues from around the region for this high quality and not-to-be-missed event: stay tuned to our social media channels for call for abstracts, registration, and speaker information in the coming weeks, or visit our website: www.apactvetforum.com
STEM and higher education in Thailand
More than 600 visitors, along with our eight universities, Te Pūkenga and English New Zealand, attended ENZ’s online New Zealand Higher Education Showcase in early November. Instead of only showcasing institutions, we decided this year to have a Gradvocate live session as the main feature of the event.
Graduate students discussed their experience of higher education in New Zealand, and enabled Thai students and parents to see how successful our alumni are. Asia’s 2019 Breakout Musician and NZ alumni Phum Viphurit performed a mini-concert, and ENZ’s Lisa Futschek granted the 2021 Alumni Hall of Fame Award to three outstanding alumni: Dr. Chakrit Tiebtienrat, Mr. Narun Wiwattanakrai, and Ms. Wipapat Somumchan.
The increase in registrations and visitors for this year’s event demonstrates growing interest in New Zealand’s higher education. There were 620 unique visitors from 1,260 registrations, an increase of 59% in visitors and 3.6% in registration numbers since last year.
Later in November, the Thailand team successfully launched a NZ STEM Webinar series for teachers and students from Princess Chulabhorn Science High School (PCSHS) network, which comprises 12 schools for gifted students in four regions of Thailand.
The five webinars were offered in partnership with the University of Otago. Presentations on topics such as augmented reality gave gifted young students the opportunity to see some of the pathways into STEM tertiary education in New Zealand. Dr. Khunying Kalaya Sophonpanich, Deputy Minister of Education Thailand, also spoke at one of the webinars.
NZIEC coming soon – mark your diary now!
It will be free to attend.
The theme for NZIEC 2022 is Towards Recovery: Reflect, Reconnect, Renew.
Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the international education sector. In our first conference since 2019, we will look back at the past two years, and look forward to what we have to offer to the world.
NZIEC 2022 will focus on the sector’s recovery journey and, as the theme suggests, encourage us to: Reflect, Reconnect and Renew.
- Reflect – on what has been a crazy two years. An opportunity for us to share the tough stories, what we learned, how we pivoted, the good stuff we did.
- Reconnect – with each other and with the wider world. Be stimulated by international speakers in offshore markets and hear the latest in trends, shifts and dynamics.
- Renew – building back better for a stronger future. Gain inspiration and embrace innovation so we continue to ThinkNew.
By Reflecting, Reconnecting and Renewing, NZIEC 2022 will help our sector build Towards Recovery.
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, at no cost to attendees. The virtual format also enables us to connect with a wide range of international speakers and deliver sessions for specific sub-sectors that attendees can opt in or out of. Sessions will be recorded and will be available to registered attendees who cannot attend the original time of the session.
This year’s NZIEC programme takes a leaf out of the successful New Zealand Partners Workshop Week held in 2021, which connected over 3,000 attendees in sessions spread over the course of the week.
While further details on the programme will be released in July, you can expect the following:
- Conference opening on Monday morning
- Ministerial address
- International speakers
- Industry speakers
- Updates on global market trends and developments
- Market-focused sessions
- Virtual networking opportunities
- Government agency updates
- Conference closing on Friday.
Keep an eye out
Soon we’ll be launching our call for speakers. We’re keen to hear from practitioners right across the sector, so put your thinking cap on if you are interested in presenting – or suggest that a colleague does the same. Further details will be made available in the coming weeks, but if you have an idea for a session, please don’t hesitate to email us: NZIEC@enz.govt.nz
We are also developing a te reo Māori ingoa (Māori name) for NZIEC and look forward to sharing that with you soon.
Registration for NZIEC 2022 will open in July.
Format in future years
The decision to opt for a virtual format this year reflects feedback from our survey of previous and potential conference attendees to find out their levels of interest in attending NZIEC in person this year. While some were keen to gather in person, many more were hesitant to do so due to the cost of attending and concerns regarding Covid-19.
Subject to Covid-19 settings, we plan to resume in-person formats for NZIEC in future years.
School support on the way
Mary Camp, ENZ’s Business Development Manager dedicated to the schools sector, says schools can expect to see these activities rolling out over the coming months.
Mary is also chair of the Schools Sector Reference Group. She says that “with 596 schools hosting international students, and no peak body, consultation is a challenge.
“So we have set up a Schools Sector Reference Group, to create a channel for consultation with the sector.”
The group provides advice and guidance to ENZ on initiatives planned for the schools sector. The group includes representatives from eight regions. It will meet 3-4 times each year.
ENZ’s schools sector initiatives include:
An exemplar school website showing best practice to attract international students
Marketing material focussing on New Zealand’s competitive edge, with room for regions and schools to insert their own details
A website review service to help schools maximise the results from their websites (conditions will apply)
Case studies of schools showing good practice in export education.
Further initiatives off the block will include:
A professional development programme for International Directors and/or Principals
A marketing self-review tool
Research into primary and intermediates schools’ decline in numbers.
New resource on the Brand Lab
"Peking University’s New Zealand Centre (which involves several of our universities and government agencies) runs this undergraduate course which students take to earn foreign language credits (and because of their interest in New Zealand, of course). Enrolments have grown year-on-year, with 75 students now taking this class.
In the past, I have delivered a more academic lecture on New Zealand’s education system, including on policies and reform. And in the past, this has been met with glazed eyes. So in a break with tradition I decided to make the session more interactive and incorporate some of the tools we now have at our disposal. I gave an informal “why study in New Zealand” presentation, then moved on to showing the New Zealand Story and New Zealand Education Story.
We then broke into small groups (just like we do in New Zealand classrooms and tutorials), and students worked on the task I had set: to discuss and agree on “what three words best exemplify what is ‘special’ about New Zealand education.”
And I was blown away by the responses. Each group came up to write its words on the blackboard, and common themes included innovation, openness, diversity, inspiring, and opportunity. Our messaging is clearly resonating.
After then watching some of ENZ’s Gibson Group-produced Dragons in a Distant Land alumni episode (and remembering far too late that I have a cameo in it), I asked each group to explain its three words. And again – I was blown away. The willingness of these students to contribute their thoughts and to ask questions – in English, in public - with a second member from one group even volunteering additional thoughts – really impressed me. The course coordinators were also very pleasantly surprised.
As products of New Zealand’s education system, volunteering our thoughts, asking questions and speaking in public come naturally to us. This isn’t so in every education system.
Almost best of all, the course was that day being audited by a very senior Peking University Professor. She stood up at the end and said, “I did my PhD in economics at the University of Chicago. After today, I want my grandchild to go and study in NZ”.
I always give the class my email address, and as of right now have received five enquiries from these students at China’s top-ranked university. I have also had to courier additional blocks of Whittaker’s chocolate. Each of the nine groups deserved a prize.
A Chinese subtitled version of the New Zealand Education Story is now available on the Brand Lab, so I encourage you to use this when next in China or hosting Chinese visitors.”
Rugby + English a winning combo
The boys are being hosted by Pathways College at Waikato University and the Waikato Rugby Union.
Hot on the heels of this group are 10 female high school rugby Sevens players who will arrive in Auckland on 6 August. This group is being hosted by New Zealand Language Centres and the Auckland Rugby Union, with the support of the Japanese Ministry of Sport and Education (MEXT) and the Japanese Rugby Union.
The visits are taking place under the ‘Game On English’ edu-sport programme jointly launched by Prime Minister John Key and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during Mr Abe’s visit to New Zealand in July 2014. They build on the success of the programme pilot that saw two teams visit Dunedin and Auckland respectively during the 2014 winter season.
The programme was developed by Education New Zealand (ENZ) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in response to the Japanese government’s goal to improve the English language skills and increase the sporting capacity of Japan’s young people in the lead up to Japan’s hosting of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics.
The programme is now administered by English New Zealand, who have expanded it to include five provincial rugby union academies and selected premium English language providers based in locations throughout the country: Auckland, Hamilton, Mount Maunganui, Christchurch and Dunedin.
The programme includes daily English language classes and rugby training, and the students live with homestay families where they experience New Zealand life and culture and immersion in an English language speaking environment.
Ewen Mackenzie-Bowie, Chairman of English New Zealand points out that Game On English is about more than playing sport; “The programme provides a life-changing experience for young people that builds self-confidence, leadership and teamwork and helps them develop the necessary skills to reach their sporting and learning potential.”
With financial support from ENZ, English New Zealand has appointed sports management company Essentially Group as the Game On English programme co-ordinator in Japan. Essentially Group’s role is to promote the programme to interested parties in Japan and co-ordinate activity with the providers in New Zealand.
The Game On English programme is being expanded into other sports where New Zealand can provide international students a world class experience. In early 2015 a successful rowing pilot was developed between Otago University and the Otago University Rowing club who hosted four athletes and a coach from Kyoto University.
If you are interested in knowing more about the programme, please contact email@example.com
ICL Education Group wins at 2016 Export New Zealand awards
ICL won the award for Endace Services Exporter of the Year 2016. This award recognises excellence in building extraordinary and sustainable export growth, working in the areas of ICT, tourism, education and consultancy services.
“I would like to salute the dedication and focus of the 100 ICL staff who have achieved this award, and of whom we are immensely proud. We are particularly honoured that the judges have highlighted the ethics and professionalism of our Group, principles which we believe ultimately underwrite our success,” says Ewen Mackenzie-Bowie, Chairman of ICL Education Group.
The award is one of seven categories, which have been held annually since 2009 to inspire New Zealand exporters to expand their businesses and grow internationally.
ICL Education Group includes ICL Graduate Business School, Auckland English Academy, Bridge International College and New Horizon College.
The judges were impressed with ICL’s approach to marketing, with a broad spread of target markets, and the introduction of new courses to meet identified demand, particularly at a post-graduate level.
It was clearly evident that ICL is a strong contributor to New Zealand’s success in continuing to attract fee-paying international students. ICL’s research culture and policy of employing and retaining highly qualified staff was also seen as a positive factor.
Where education meets technology, cyber-romance blooms
Among the attendees was a group of New Zealand edtech companies and educators. Representatives of Massey University and Linewize joined the New Zealand Technology Industry Association (NZTech) Chief Executive, Graeme Muller, and Education New Zealand (ENZ) Business Development Manager, Adele Bryant, at the event.
“NZTech formed the EdtechNZ Association last year so it was fantastic to offer members the chance to scope one of the biggest edtech events in the world,” said Graeme.
Altogether about 20 New Zealand delegates were in Denver which provided the opportunity to learn about global edtech trends, meet prospective partners and scope the possibility of exhibiting at the associated Expo usauin the future.
“The conference featured an amazing array of professional learning and collaborative networking opportunities while the expo hall showcased a wide range of edtech tools and solutions,” said Adele.
Attendees could choose from more than 1,000 sessions in a variety of formats to support all learning styles.
“The passion of teachers for using edtech tools to engage, manage and extend learners was evident from the start and suggests that the future for edtech in the classroom is bright.
“A key take away was that educators were looking to spend more time engaging with students and less on developing their own resources, so easy-to-use and educationally sound tools which met learner needs were sought,” said Adele.
“Supplying that technology is big business. The global edtech sector is estimated to be worth over $100 billion and Kiwi companies are keen to raise their international profile and provide solutions to meet that growing global demand.”
Kiwi edtech success story Hapara (a cloud-based instructional management system for educational institutions) provided the New Zealand delegation a welcome opportunity to meet and network at a ‘Kiwi Hour’ onsite at the conference. Among the group were Auckland-based edtech companies, Kami and Booktrack as well as Core Education and Network for Learning. Representatives of the Manaiakalani Trust delivered a Visible Learning session on the programme.
The NZTech-led group also attended a breakfast session on the role of schools and edtech companies in professional learning. The group reconnected there with Karen Billings, Vice President of the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software Information and Industry Association (SIIA) who was a speaker at ENZ’s first edtech for export (‘et4e’) conference.
A school trip from Tauranga to Yantai
The group travelled with support from Education New Zealand’s (ENZ) New Zealand China Sister Schools Fund.
Deputy Principal, Kathy Colville, who accompanied the students along with International Student Coordinator, Annemieke Hart, said “very strong bonds were established”.
“Our students met many challenges,” she said, but “they rose to the occasion and took everything in their stride.”
The students attended school and stayed with local families. An exhibition of Tauranga photos was held as part of the sister city celebrations, and the group enjoyed giving their hosts an insight into Tauranga life. The group also spent a day in Shanghai.
Kathy said the students – all of whom learn Mandarin at school – were carefully chosen.
“It was an extremely difficult task but we chose some that had travelled with us [overseas before]. We knew that we could rely on these students to be great ambassadors of our school, city and country.”
There were lots of differences at school in Yantai, the principal one being the long school hours. The school day starts at 7.15am and ends at 5.30pm in China, with students then staying up till 11pm to complete homework.
“The long school hours were a bit daunting,” said Riley Bartosh.
The students also enjoyed learning calligraphy, and doing physical exercise Chinese-style – always carried out in groups.
The students said the experience had made them more independent and opened up their minds to further travel in the future.
“Now I’m more open to different cultures and how others live,” says Riley Bartosh.
“I am interested in pursuing a career that involves communication with other countries. China has opened up opportunities that would never have been available otherwise,” says Stephanie Austin.
“I’ve been on school trips to Portugal, Amsterdam and Turkey since I’ve been at this school,” says Ngawaka Ririnui. “It’s inspired me to travel more and experience how others live.”
“I am going to continue learning Mandarin at our school so that I can speak three languages – English, Maori and Mandarin,” says Te Wairere Te Moana.
Annemieke said Tauranga Intermediate School has offered biannual overseas school trips to its students since 2000. The school reinvests some of the revenue it receives from international students to fund these trips.
She said that in Term three, a group from Yantai Number two Middle School was making a reciprocal visit to Tauranga.