New Zealand to Reclaim Lost Momentum Among Indian Students With NZD 400K Investment

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Aarushi Jain
Updated on May 01, 2023 12:08 PM IST

While the New Zealand government has already approved a NZ$ 400K investment in internationalisation and student mobility efforts, the country intends to continue investing and collaborating with Indian institutions and colleges.

New Zealand to Reclaim Lost Momentum Among Indian Students With NZD 400K Investment

During the Covid-19 pandemic, New Zealand was the last country to open its doors to international students. However, the country is currently working to strengthen ties with India by collaborating with Indian educational institutes to increase student mobility, encourage tourism, and strengthen economic ties.

An India-New Zealand Education Week was recently wrapped up in order to increase the number of Indian students and researchers who enrol in New Zealand's higher educational institutions and foster internationalisation. Education New Zealand (ENZ), a government organisation charged with sharing New Zealand's educational experiences with the world, organised this week-long event.

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Experts from both countries engaged in vigorous intellectual conversations during the course of the meetings. Actress Soha Ali Khan, the brand ambassador for Education New Zealand, led the Town Hall debate with Grant McPherson, CEO of Education New Zealand, and Indian alumni who attended Kiwi colleges.

The Chief Executive of Education New Zealand, Grant Macpherson, outlined the overall plans to deepen ties with India and noted that while the New Zealand government had already approved NZD 400K investment in internationalisation and student transfer efforts, the nation has intentions to keep investing more and work with Indian institutions and colleges to promote collaborations.

Characteristics that Distinct New Zealand From Other Countries

According to Grant, New Zealand is significantly different from other nations in terms of post-study work rights and migration policy.

New Zealand boasts one of the greatest master's programmes in the world. Regardless matter whether a student chooses a one-year or two-year master's programme, he or she will have three years of employment privileges. Furthermore, an international student enrolled in a PhD programme will only be required to pay domestic fees for the duration of their studies, with no additional costs associated with being an international student.

Even though there are just eight universities in New Zealand, they are among the best in the world. One may go skiing in the afternoon and take surfing lessons in the morning because of the country's conveniently accessible environment.

The Three-Year Target of New Zealand

Grant argues that while New Zealand's borders have been open for six months, they have received an exceptionally favourable response from India, with 85% of student visa petitions being granted, but at the moment, all efforts are being directed towards making up for lost ground.

There is no set target for the number, but the following three years will be dedicated to recruiting and bringing students to New Zealand to experience the country. Grant claims that New Zealand wants to collaborate with Indian universities and colleges more closely and promote cross-border student interaction.

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New Zealand's Chance for UGC Changes on International Campuses

New Zealand is in talks with the University Grant Commission (UGC) to learn more about India's intention to permit international campuses there.

Rebuilding ties with India is currently crucial for New Zealand. The nation intends to offer Indian youngsters the greatest education possible, even if it necessitates building a campus. Mr Grant pointed out that top executives from institutions would need to consider their strategy, but New Zealand is pretty positive about India and that these changes provide a brand-new opportunity for the country.

Source: Free Press Journal

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