More Students Choosing to Study in New Zealand

by Ray Clancy on February 18, 2015

More international students than ever before are choosing to study at higher education institutions in New Zealand, the latest official figures shows.

The January to August 2014 results show a 12% increase in student numbers, approximately 10,100 students, compared with the same period in 2013.


International education is now worth $2.85 billion to New Zealand

It means that international education is now worth $2.85 billion to the country and the rise has created an $83 million boost in tuition fee income, a 13% increase on the previous year’s figures.

‘It is pleasing to see that student numbers are at the highest level they’ve been in the last four years. It’s particularly pleasing to see a big lift in higher level study, with a 41% increase in the number of students studying for postgraduate level qualifications,’ said education, skills and employment minister Steven Joyce.

‘International education continues to be a very important export earner for New Zealand. International students also help to build our country’s links with our trading partners and they enrich the communities in which they live and study,’ he explained.

‘The increase in fee income is revenue that institutions can channel back into programmes or facilities to benefit their students, staff and local communities,’ he added.

The report shows growth was led by the Private Training Establishment sector, with student numbers up 21% and Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics up 16%. And it is supporting more than 30,000 jobs in New Zealand.

Other highlights include Canterbury’s international education industry continuing to recover with enrolments returning close to 2011 levels, up 17%, and secondary school sector enrolments up 3%.

‘The report also shows the outlook for the international education sector for the next while continues to be strong. Total student visas for August to November 2014 were up 27% compared to 2013,’ Joyce pointed out.

‘Government agencies will continue their work with the sector in 2015 to help institutions achieve sustainable growth right around the country,’ he added.




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