21 December 2021 at 1:52 pm
Education sector delegation for Dubai Expo
Education New Zealand will lead a delegation of international education providers to promote New Zealand education at Expo 2020 Dubai early next year.
The delegates from ENZ, the University of Otago, the University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington, Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology and private sector education technology companies ByteEd and ARA Journeys will be in Dubai between 22 and 25 January 2022.
Expo 2020 Dubai is a global trade fair currently being hosted by Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. It was scheduled to get underway in 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson said the New Zealand Government’s recent announcement that it will relax border requirements for fully vaccinated New Zealanders and foreign nationals in stages next year was a clear signal of the country returning to more normal times.
“The prospect of more open borders in the coming year is a timely reminder of the opportunities that exist to build awareness of New Zealand’s unique education offering,” said Mr McPherson.
“The Expo is a great platform for New Zealand’s education sector to kick start this process at a global event.”
Mr McPherson said the involvement of two leading education technology companies was particularly pleasing as both were introducing leading-edge augmented reality (AR) products to the Expo audience.
ByteEd will be drawing on its web-based platform for teachers and students and introducing AR software to kits for STEM subjects – science, technology engineering and mathematics.
ARA Journeys will profile its award-winning games, which will stream into the New Zealand Pavilion from the company’s Auckland headquarters to offer the full interactive experience to visitors.
“Technology is a core building block for future education initiatives and a key element of the country’s international education strategy,” Mr McPherson said.
“The participation of ByteEd and ARA Journeys at this major international event is a reflection of the forward-looking strategies of both these companies.”
While in Dubai, the delegation aims to foster government and institutional connections and build relationships with agents and students.
The four-day programme, facilitated by ENZ, will centre on Expo 2020 Dubai’s International Day of Education on 24 January 2022. It will include a networking function, seminars and face-to-face meetings with key stakeholders hosted at the New Zealand Pavilion.
Find out more about Expo 2020 Dubai.