29 August 2018 at 9:00 am

Boost to long-term education partnerships in China

Long-term education partnerships between New Zealand and China will be strengthened under a new arrangement signed during Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ recent China visit.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins (back left) and China’s Minister of Education, Baosheng Chen (back right), witness the signing of the arrangement by ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson (front left), who signed the arrangement on behalf of the New Zealand Government-to-Government partnerships office, and CSDP Director Feng Chen.

The arrangement will enable participating New Zealand universities and ITPs to form long-term partnerships with Chinese institutions in a key subject area to invest in, develop and deliver new joint programmes. 

The arrangement was signed between the New Zealand Government-to-Government Partnerships Office (G2G), China’s Ministry of Education and the National Center for Schooling Development (CSDP), the only governance organisation that establishes standards and evaluates education systems in more than 1000 higher education institutions in China.

Specifically, it will allow participating New Zealand tertiary institutions to formally register and participate in China’s International Higher Standard Application-Oriented Institutions Programme.

ENZ’s Regional Director – China & North Asia, Adele Bryant, said the arrangement is a win-win for New Zealand and China. 

“New Zealand institutions can participate in the development of China’s higher education system as well as benefit from a new future channel of good quality Chinese students.”

To date, five New Zealand tertiary institutions including AUT, Otago Polytechnic, Weltec & Whitireia, Wintec and Ara Institute of Canterbury have participated in this arrangement.

CSDP is also cooperating with education institutions in the USA, United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands and Australia.

In September, CSDP’s representatives will visit New Zealand to hold a workshop with the participating New Zealand institutions and undertake site visits of their campuses.

Interested universities or ITPs can contact ENZ’s International Market Manager – China, Ross Fisher, at ross.fisher@enz.govt.nz.  

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