Conference Hears Demand for International Education will Rise

by Ray Clancy on April 28, 2015

Opportunities for young people to study at universities around the world are set to rise with an increasing demand for the globalisation of education, it is claimed.

An internationalisation the world’s universities is needed to properly equip today’s students for today’s globalised world, according to New Zealand Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce.

students UKHe spoke at the FAUBAI international education conference in Cuiabá, Brazil, looking at the Brazilian Association for International Education conference themes of partnerships, equity and internationalisation.

He explained that growing international links is one of six priorities in New Zealand’s tertiary education strategy and other countries such as the UK, Canada, the United States and Australia are also moving down this route.

Speaking specifically about New Zealand, he said there is a need to help students gain the skills to succeed in the Asia-Pacific century and nations have a responsibility to provide a more international learning experience.

‘That reflects the importance of international linkages to our success as a small trading nation, the ability of education to foster long lasting links and the value of international collaborations to growing a strong research base,’ he pointed out.

‘Students need the skills to operate in an increasingly globalised world, and a deep understanding of regions important to our future. Student and academic exchanges, international research partnerships, internationally focused curricula and technology are all internationalising education,’ he added.

At the conference he also highlighted how education partnerships can benefit innovation. ‘Innovation is fundamental to growing New Zealand’s economy, and to compete internationally we need to foster a science and innovation ecosystem that brings out the potential of our best and brightest. By collaborating together with countries like Brazil we can boost innovation and expand research frontiers,’ he explained.

‘Tertiary education supports commercial innovation by connecting research, sector expertise and skilled graduates with business and communities,’ he added.

The FAUBAI conference was attended by more than 400 representatives of international relations offices from universities across Brazil. It was an opportunity to illustrate each nation’s research strengths and education systems to potential new partners.

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