New Zealand announces new education initiative in India

The latest announcement is a joint call for research proposals for Indian and New Zealand academics to increase research collaboration across a range of areas.

February 08, 2014 2:23 IST | India Infoline News Service
New Zealand has announced a string of new initiatives to further deepen its education relationship with India.

The latest announcement is a joint call for research proposals for Indian and New Zealand academics to increase research collaboration across a range of areas including, but not limited to: food security and agriculture; community development and innovation; health; environment and sustainability; India-New Zealand trade relations; information security; and urban planning and development.

Announced on the occasion of Waitangi Day, New Zealand’s national day, by Education New Zealand’s (ENZ) Regional Director South Asia Ziena Jalil, the programme acknowledges the multi-faceted education relationship between India and New Zealand.

“This call for proposals has been jointly facilitated by Education New Zealand and India’s University Grants Commission (UGC) and will form part of the activity we undertake in India as part of the India New Zealand Education Council (INZEC) initiative which was announced by both our Prime Ministers.

“All New Zealand universities feature in the top 500 globally and as a country we are highly regarded internationally in areas such as agriculture and food processing; health; media and entertainment; IT; and tourism and hospitality. Including these sectors as focus areas within the call for research proposals is a deliberate attempt at sharing our experiences with Indian partners,” Ms Jalil said.

New Zealand's Acting High Commissioner to India, Michael Appleton, who also officiated at the announcement, welcomed the new programme: “New Zealand strongly values the enduring and successful partnership we share with India and today is an excellent occasion to acknowledge and celebrate that. India is a core trade, economic and political partner for New Zealand - and we aspire to doing more together. Education is a growing and exciting component of our bilateral relationship, with the number of Indian students in New Zealand increasing almost 200% since 2007. I’m delighted that this new initiative will see Kiwi and Indian researchers working side-by-side and contributing to knowledge creation in both our countries.”

India is the second largest contributor of international students to New Zealand with more than 11,000 students from India studying in New Zealand. Student visas issued to Indian nationals seeking to study in New Zealand increased more than 10% last year, and more than doubled in the month of December 2013, making India one of the fastest growing student markets for New Zealand.

According to Immigration New Zealand Area Manager Nathanael Mackay New Zealand has put in place policies to make the country a top choice for international students.

We know that Indian students are looking for high quality, affordable education with good career pathways. New Zealand offers an internationally recognised education that inculcates innovative and creative thinking – traits that employers look for, with excellent lifestyle options in a safe multi-cultural environment. The New Zealand Government has also announced changes to our work rights programme which will allow more
international students to work while they study, enabling them to gain valuable first world business experience,” Mr Mackay added.

Education New Zealand has recently announced the expansion of its footprint in India with the establishment of an education promotion and market development role within the New Zealand Consulate General in Mumbai, to complement its existing team in New Delhi. ENZ has also launched a new brand to promote New Zealand as an education destination to Indian students and as a business partner to Indian corporates.

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