2 March 2016 at 9:00 am

Reminder of new data collection requirements

Certain Private Training Establishments are reminded that they are required to submit new data on their international students from 31 March 2016.

Private Training Establishments who do not receive SAC and/or Youth Guarantee funding from the Tertiary Education Commission, and are also signatories to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students are reminded that they are required to submit new data on their international students from 31 March 2016.

The August 2015 change to the Private Training Establishment (PTE) Registration Rules made it a condition of PTE registration to submit specific data to the Ministry of Education.

Consultation with exempted PTEs

A temporary exemption was granted to PTEs that provide English Language training only. For further information on the exemption please refer to the NZQA website.

An independent facilitator, Pania Gray of Kororā Consulting, is consulting with exempted PTEs on their approach to the new data collection requirements. Pania is consulting with exempted PTEs who are members of English New Zealand, via this representative body. Exempted PTEs who are not members of English New Zealand, and who would like to discuss the issues with Pania, are invited to contact her at: pania@kororaconsulting.co.nz.

Background about the data collection project

The Ministry of Education, Education New Zealand and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) have been working on a project which will gather better information from Unfunded International Education Providers (UIPs) using an automated data collection system.

The aim of the data collection project is to provide better market insights and analysis, and more targeted risk assessments, that will to help inform plans and activities relating to international education.

Good data and in-market intelligence can influence government strategy and policy, and enable informed data-driven decisions to be made. These decisions can work to the benefit of international education providers, international students and the wider international education industry.

More about the data and how to submit it

The UIP Data Collection – SMS Specification document explains which providers are required to submit data and how the data must be submitted.

Further information is available on the Services for Tertiary Organisations (STEO) website.

If you have any questions, or need clarification on who the exemption applies to, please email UIP.Datacollection@education.govt.nz.

The rule change took effect on 1 March 2016 and the new data must be submitted from 31 March 2016. If you require assistance with setting up the data return, please email UIP.Datacollection@education.govt.nz.

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