7 June 2017 at 9:00 am

Trans-Tasman showdown comes to NZIEC

Whether it's at rugby, netball or (bowling underarm at) cricket, Australia and New Zealand have long enjoyed an intense and spirited rivalry. But what about in the field of international education? 

In this inaugural NZIEC debate, a team of three plucky Aussies will argue that New Zealand should look to Australia's lead when it comes to international education.

Already they’re laying down the challenge: “There’s no need for New Zealand to look to Australia,” says Aussie team member Stephen Connelly. “Just become a part of Australia – you know you want to!"

The Australian team will be represented by:

  • Amanda Pickrell, director of international education from the Victorian Government’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
  • Darragh Murray, international development manager at Queensland University of Technology, and
  • Stephen Connelly, director at Global Ed Services.

And the home team will comprise:

  • Katy Mandeno, international director at Whangarei Girls’ High School
  • Roger McElwain, chief executive of the University of Otago’s Language Centre and Foundation Year, and
  • Tony O’Brien, programme director at Waikato Institute of Technology.

Will the Australians crumble like the Wallabies at Eden Park? Or will the Kiwis collapse like the Black Caps batting line-up in the 2015 Cricket World Cup final?

Either way, it'll be a debate of two halves and you'll be sure to pick up some interesting insights into the competitive advantages of both countries and areas for improvement. 

Come along and cheer for your team!

With half of the available places already snapped up, confirm your spot at NZIEC today at www.nziec.co.nz

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