New Zealand to expand education presence in India

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai |

More than 11,000 students from India study in New Zealand

New Zealand has announced the expansion of its education footprint in India with the establishment of an education promotion and market development role within the New Zealand Consulate General in Mumbai.
 
Announced today by Education New Zealand’s (ENZ) Regional Director South Asia Ziena Jalil, the expansion acknowledges the increased interest in New Zealand as a study destination and business partner.
 
Acknowledging the announcement, New Zealand Consul General, Gavin Young said: “The New Zealand Consulate General in Mumbai currently has consular, trade, investment, tourism and visa functions. I welcome the addition of an education advisor to facilitating the development of business and the wider relationship between India and New Zealand.”
Student visas issued to Indian nationals seeking to study in New Zealand increased more than 10% last year, making India one of the fastest growing student markets for New Zealand.
 
“Our student numbers from India have continued to grow. And while currently we get a majority of our students from northern states, having a presence in Mumbai will enable us to focus more on the west and south of the country, where interest in New Zealand is also high” said Ms Jalil.
 
The Mumbai expansion comes on the back of increased activity in India in the last six months, including a new brand launch, acknowledging India’s position as New Zealand’s second largest source of international students.
 
“We know that Indian students are looking for high quality, affordable education with good career pathways. New Zealand is perhaps one of the few countries in the world, if not the only one, which has all of its universities in the Top 500 globally.
 
“New Zealand has an internationally regarded education system that focuses on innovation and creative thinking – traits that employers look for, with excellent lifestyle options in a safe multi-cultural environment.”
 
More than 11,000 students from India study in New Zealand, and Ms Jalil says New Zealand has put in place policies to make the country a top choice for international students.
 
Immigration New Zealand Area Manager, based in Mumbai, Nathanael Mackay added: “The New Zealand Government has 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.
 
“New Zealand and India have much in common and a longstanding, warm relationship. We share a Commonwealth heritage, legal system, business language, and democratic traditions. And let’s not forget our shared passion for sport, in particular cricket, as evidenced by the current Indian team tour of New Zealand. All these aspects support the strong people-to-people links, including those that are forged by Indian students in New Zealand,” Mr Mackay said.
In addition to the promotion of New Zealand as a study destination, ENZ is also seeking to showcase the strengths of New Zealand education institutions as training providers and knowledge partners in India.
 
“New Zealand is highly regarded internationally in areas such as agriculture and food processing; health; the creative sector – including media and entertainment; IT; and travel, tourism and hospitality. These are all sectors in which we can add value to Indian partners,” Ms Jalil said.
 
A series of fairs, school visits, digital campaigns and road shows are some of the activities that ENZ will be undertaking over the 2014 year. The Mumbai role will work alongside ENZ’s New Delhi-based team.
 
 
 

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