This topic page considers international education. It briefly describes the policy behind international education in New Zealand schools and tertiary institutions, and provides links to material on Education Counts and other websites that may be of interest to those involved or interested in international education.
International education is an important area of work for the government and the Ministry of Education. This theme page provides a snapshot of the key elements of work in this area, access to research and statistical information related to international education in New Zealand.
Want different international education information? On the Ministry of Education's International Education page you will be able to find information on studying and living in New Zealand, about the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, the definition of a domestic student, the Export Education Levy, student exchange approvals, and effective ESOL provision.
International Education Policy
International education in New Zealand is being grown and shaped by several key policies.
The Government's Economic Growth Agenda identifies international education as an area that can contribute more to New Zealand's economic growth. Legislation was introduced into Parliament on 6 April 2011 to establish a new Crown agency for international education, Education New Zealand, to help in achieving this greater contribution. The agency began operations on 1 September 2011. It will enhance the marketing and promotion of New Zealand and New Zealand education providers, and carry out overseas representation.
The Ministry of Education will, however, retain a focus on international education, complementing that of Education New Zealand. The Ministry will take the lead on New Zealands education relationships with multilateral organisations, regulating education providers involved in export education and promoting better support of international students, working with Immigration New Zealand to ensure immigrating settings for interational students are optimal, and encouraging greater interationalisation of the curriculum across the education system.
It includes targets to:
- increase annual revenues from providing education services offshore to at least $0.5 billion
- develop and sustain mutually beneficial education relationships with key partner countries in Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas
- increase the number of international students enrolled in New Zealand providers offshore, from 3,000 to 10,000
- double the number of international postgraduate students (particularly in programmes in addition to those at PhD level) from 10,000 to 20,000
- increase the transition rate from study to residence for international university students
- increase New Zealanders' skills and knowledge to operate effectively across cultures.
International Education Agenda
The Government has prepared the first version of a Leadership Statement for International Education, which sets bold aspirations for the growth that we want to achieve over the next 15 years and beyond.
Author: Ministry of Education
Date Published: September 2011
Ministry of Education's Statement of Intent 2011/12 - 2016/17
The Ministry of Education's Statement of Intent 2011/12-2016/17 sets out the key elements of how we will contribute to the delivery of the Government's priorities for education.
Author: Ministry of Education
Date Published: May 2011
Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students
The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students provides a framework for minimum standards, good practice procedures and a complaints procedure in relation to the hosting of international students in New Zealand schools and tertiary institutions. All providers enrolling international students must comply with the Code.
The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (the Code) provides a framework for education providers to ensure a high standard of care and wellbeing is maintained for international students while they live and Study in New Zealand.
Author: Ministry of Education
Date Published: Last Revised in 2010
International Education Publications on Education Counts
The Ministry undertakes and commissions a variety of international education research, to inform policy and practice in the internationalisation of the New Zealand education system.
| International Education Publications|
The latest international education publications on Education Counts.
| Education Publications|
The latest education publications on Education Counts.
International Education Statistics on Education Counts
The Ministry of Education holds various collections of statistical information relating to international education, obtained through Ministry of Education processes, including information relating to:
- students' international learning
- international students in New Zealand
- the internationalisation of New Zealand education providers
- the benefits of international education to New Zealand.
| International Education Statistics|
The latest International education statistics on Education Counts.
|Education Statistics The latest education statistics on Education Counts.|
New Zealand Government Sites of Interest
Te Kete Ipurangi is New Zealand's bilingual education portal. An initiative of the Ministry of Education, it provides New Zealand schools and students a wealth of information, resources and curriculum materials to enhance teaching and learning, raise student achievement and advance professional development for teaching staff and school managers.
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority is a Crown entity, responsible for quality assurance in the New Zealand education system, including its framework of qualifications.
The Tertiary Education Commission is a Crown entity, responsible for funding the tertiary education system in New Zealand.
Statistics New Zealand is a government department and New Zealand's national statistical office. It is the country's major source of official statistics.
Where to find out more
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