22 September 2022 at 10:30 am

Reconnecting in Malaysia

Aotearoa New Zealand is open for business and we’re warmly welcoming international students back to our shores. This was our clear message to students and agents at the Star Education Fair in Selangor, Malaysia, on 27-28 August 2022.  

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L to r: Patrick Holden (ENZ), Naluri Bella Wati (ENZ), Monika Chaudhary (ENZ), Annie Goh (Lincoln University), Giang Nguyen (University of Waikato), Iya Diza (Massey University), Audrey Voon (University of Canterbury), Martin Quietzsch (Victoria University of Wellington).

Six of our eight universities participated, along with Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao, connecting with more than 5,200 Malaysian students and parents. This was the first in-person fair we have attended in Malaysia for two years. It was a good opportunity to meet students face-to-face, to discuss a high-quality New Zealand education and what it’s like to live here.  

New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, Pam Dunn, spoke at the opening ceremony and highlighted that many Malaysians who studied in New Zealand have returned home to use their skills and knowledge as experts in their fields – students such as Tan Sri Dr Mazlan Othman. 

"She was the first Malaysian woman to gain a PhD at Otago University. She then returned home as Malaysia’s first astrophysicist and later pioneered this country’s space programme. 

“An education in New Zealand empowers Malaysian students with the life skills and confidence to succeed.” 

Patrick Holden, ENZ’s Director International Market Strategies, was interviewed by the STAR Media Group – see the video here.

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