12 October 2020 at 9:00 am

From the CE: Honouring our commitment to international students

The decision to enable a small cohort of postgraduate students to enter the country signals New Zealand’s strong and continued commitment to international education.

Grant speaking

The Government has announced today that a new border exception will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies.

Read Minister of Education Chris Hipkins’ official release.

This is a positive first step on the path to recovery and is consistent with the Recovery Plan for International Education.

It is recognition that international education is important to New Zealand and will play a vital role in the country’s rebuild and recovery from COVID-19. Prior to COVID, international education was New Zealand’s fifth-largest export earner, earning $5 billion a year and supporting around 45,000 jobs.

Moreover, the international students included in this group have had their postgraduate study or research disrupted by COVID-19, and cannot complete it due to the practical nature of their course. They have made a commitment to New Zealand, and that’s something we want to honour.

ENZ’s next step is to work with tertiary providers as they identify and select eligible students, and to continue to work with other government agencies to ensure a safe and considered process is developed for these students to enter the country.

ENZ is looking forward to further border exceptions that will benefit as many providers and students as possible, when it is safe to do so.

We will also have work underway to make sure the students entering New Zealand receive a warm welcome and have the information they need to succeed.

I am very proud of the manaakitanga that New Zealand education providers have been demonstrating throughout the COVID-19 crisis this year.

Please continue to encourage your students to sign up to NauMai NZ, our digital home for students who have chosen to study in New Zealand. Over the COVID-19 crisis, it has continually been updated and expanded with information international students need to know.

In the early hours of Saturday, 2 October, ENZ’s NauMai NZ was awarded a Highly Commended in the Student Support category at The PIEoneer Awards. We are delighted to be recognised for this work alongside such a varied list of international organisations.

You can read more about NauMai NZ in this issue of E-News.

He waka eke noa (we’re all in this together).

Grant McPherson

Chief Executive

Manapou ki te Ao

What's in it for me?