15 August 2018 at 9:00 am

NZIEC 2018 showcases global citizenship

A sell-out crowd from across New Zealand and around the world descended on Te Papa last week to explore how to Inspire Global Citizens at the 27th New Zealand International Education Conference.


Two Ministers attended: Minister of Immigration, Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, spoke about the Government’s changes to post-study work rights for international students, and Education Minister, Hon Chris Hipkins announced the International Education Strategy 2018-2030. Both Ministers spoke of the Government’s confidence in the bright future of New Zealand’s international education future.

Master of ceremonies, award-winning journalist Miriama Kamo, kept conference moving with humour and poise. She interviewed three international students on their experiences living and studying in New Zealand.

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Yuki Sugito from Japan came to New Zealand after being interested in the All Blacks at the 2015 World Cup. Ada Wang from Nanchang, China, who is studying a Master’s degree at Victoria University, told us about the case she took to the Tenancy Tribunal and won. Angelique Viola talked about leaving behind a business and career in her native Philippines to study accounting at WelTec. All three are enjoying their lives and studies in New Zealand – and Kiwi food featured strongly, most especially their love for fish’n’chips.

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We learned from Shanton Chang about the digital journeys of international students. And we became one of New Zealand’s top trending topics on Twitter.

Delegates enjoyed a taste of Brazil at the NZIEC Carnival on Thursday night. 

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NZIEC Country of Honour host, Brazilian Ambassador HE Paulo Camargo, spoke movingly of the connections between Brazil and New Zealand. 

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Surprise poet Karlo Mila delighted guests by pulling together two days of intense discussions in a poem specially commissioned for NZIEC 2018.

The largest number of industry presenters inspired, debated and informed delegates across six breakout streams providing new insights for improving the student experience, making a mark online, collaborating to win – and more.

And delegates took up the plentiful networking opportunities with gusto – many a korero was observed in the conference environs!

ENZ gratefully acknowledges all our conference partners and exhibitors, including Lead Partner BPO Intelligence, Premium Partners Vodafone New Zealand and OKNZ and Southern Cross Travel Insurance, Partners IDP IELTS Australia, QS and Western Union, Media Partner The PIE News, Programme Partner AFS New Zealand, Espresso Partner StuMagz and Country of Honour host, the Embassy of Brazil in New Zealand. Thank you one and all.

If you missed the opportunity to connect with our partners or exhibitors at conference, you can do so through the NZIEC website

Conference delegates can provide feedback on conference through the conference app. If you have any suggestions for next year, please don’t hesitate to email nziec@verve.co.nz

NZIEC 2019 will be held at the SkyCity Convention Centre on 7-8 August 2019. The theme will be ‘Navigating Our Changing World’.

We look forward to seeing you in Auckland for NZIEC 2019!

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