Hamilton: Heaven for tourists, NEW ZEALAND, registers a phenomenal increase in the number of international students enrolled in higher level programmes, and in particular postgraduate level qualifications, according to the International Education Snapshot 2013 full year report.
International students upward trend in NZ could be gauzed from the fact that there was a net increase of 1.3% (approximately $9.5 million) in tuition fee income from full fee-paying students. This was driven by an increase in the number of international students enrolled in higher level programmes, and in particular postgraduate level qualifications.
The postgraduate increase has been driven by growth in PhD and Masters level enrolments, growing 51% and 41% respectively when compared to 2009. Masters level enrolments are expected to grow in 2014 with the recent release of taught Masters 2014 programmes. These programmes have had high enrolment numbers globally, with New Zealand providers also experiencing strong interest.
Education New Zealand has made a significant investment and this investment is reflected in increasing awareness of New Zealand education – our brand awareness is trending up in China and India and preference for New Zealand as a study destination is level with Australia. We’re starting to get noticed, although we’re still well behind UK and USA, says ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson.
Connor Brady, Director, New Life Global & licensed Immigration Adviser, says, there has been a consistent trend in international students focusing on quality higher education in New Zealand. “A New Zealand Government scheme for international PhD students enables the University to offer new international PhD students the same annual tuition fee as New Zealand PhD students. An international PhD student has unlimited work rights and dependent children are classified as domestic students and can attend New Zealand’s free public primary and secondary schools,” adds Connor.
Nikita Bhalla, a postgraduate International student says, New-Zealand is a top-performing country in terms of the quality of its educational system. New Zealand’s universities offer numerous opportunities for research and internships, where students can build practical skills needed in their future career and academic life.