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  • NZIEC 2018: Register for AFS pre-conference workshops

    The partnership will see AFS deliver breakout sessions throughout conference as well as two pre-conference workshops exploring the conference theme of Inspiring Global Citizens.

    AFS is a leading global organisation promoting international study, with education and volunteer programmes across 98 countries empowering people of all ages and backgrounds with intercultural knowledge, skills and understanding.

    Grant McPherson, ENZ Chief Executive, said the partnership reflects New Zealand’s vibrant international education ecosystem.

    “AFS has a well-established track record of fostering global citizens so we’re delighted to have AFS contribute its expertise to our conference discussions relating to global citizenship,” said Grant.

     “NZIEC delegates may be particularly interested in exploring practical ways in which they can implement global competence within their institutions at AFS’ two in-depth pre-conference workshops.”

    AFS New Zealand National Director, Doris Cuthell, is excited about showcasing the organisation’s expertise at NZIEC.

    “AFS is honored to be a programme partner at such an event as the NZIEC.

    “We invite NZIEC delegates to join our pre-conference workshops and conference sessions for an opportunity to explore the area of global competence, which is a crucial component for any quality international education programme.”

    In addition to its breakout and pre-conference sessions, delegates can connect with AFS at their stand in the Expo Hall. 

    Register now for AFS pre-conference workshops

    AFS is offering two interactive pre-conference workshops on Wednesday 8 August. Numbers are limited. Secure your place through the links below.

    Pre-conference workshop 1: Global competence in international education: What is it? Why does it matter? How can I foster it?

    This workshop explores the concept of global competence, why it is of growing importance and why your organisation should be engaging with it.

    You will have a chance to participate in experiential activities that enhance intercultural skills. We will discuss strategies for implementing these activities in different settings and identify ways to turn brief experiences into long-lasting learning for your audience.

    Find out more and register here 

    Pre-conference workshop 2: High-tech solutions for global competence programmes

    Research shows that merely coming into contact with cultural differences doesn’t develop global competence in students. However, students do develop these skills when taught within a developmental, experiential and holistic framework.

    This workshop offers three frameworks that can provide a foundation for your curriculum to build global competence in both inbound and outbound students.

    Find out more and register here

    Conference dates

    The 27th New Zealand International Education Conference and Expo will be held at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington on 9-10 August. Pre-conference workshops will be held on 8 August.

    Registration for pre-conference workshops is now open. Registration for conference will open in late May. Find out more at 

  • Get ready for NZIEC 2018

    Previous NZIEC attendees should keep an eye on their inboxes this week for a special link to confirm their place. Registration for everyone else will open next week. 

    With only 600 places available, we expect a sell-out event, so be sure to get in quick to avoid missing out!

    What’s on offer at NZIEC 2018?

    NZIEC 2018 centres on the theme of Inspiring Global Citizens, and how we can leverage our international education activity to foster global citizenship across the diverse communities of New Zealand.

    We’ll kickstart conference by exploring how we can have global impact from New Zealand with our Inspire Keynote Speaker Yoseph Ayele, Chief Executive of the Edmund Hillary Foundation.

    The digital journeys of international students will be under the microscope by Dr Shanton  Chang from the University of Melbourne. Dr Chang will share his surprising insights into the online behaviours of international students as they move across countries.

    We’ll investigate what our industry can learn from Xero’s Anna Curzon as she outlines how we can develop partnerships for global success. The Xero experience in developing partnerships with customers, partners and others has helped make it Forbes’ Most Innovative Growth Company for two consecutive years.

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    L-R: Yoseph Ayele, Shanton Chang and Anna Curzon.

    We’re also bringing the international student voice into our plenary sessions with international students talking to delegates about their experiences living and studying in Aotearoa. We anticipate this will provide interesting and heartfelt life stories that delegates can reflect upon. 

    Our Expo Hall has sold out with an amazing array of partners joining us to connect and engage with delegates over the two days. And, as ever, we have a surprise or two up our sleeves – stay tuned in the lead-up to conference to find out more!

    Programme format changes

    This year, we’ve put back-to-back complementary breakout sessions together into 1hr 20-minute sessions. While you are still free to sneak between sessions, we hope this format will help reduce the amount of time you have to spend navigating around the venue and allows you time to really focus on a particular theme. 

    We’ve also staggered the timing of our pre-lunch breakout sessions, with some starting 15 minutes earlier than others to help reduce those dreaded lunch queues. 

    Pre-conference workshops

    Remember to check out the pre-conference workshops offered by our programme partner, AFS New Zealand. These workshops are a great way to grapple with global competence in an in-depth way prior to conference kicking off the following morning. You can register for these breakouts direct with AFS or during registration.

    About NZIEC

    The 27th New Zealand International Education Conference and Expo (NZIEC) will be held at Te Papa in Wellington on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August. Pre-conference workshops will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday 8 August. Find out more about NZIEC at

  • Ministers to address NZIEC 2018

    Chris Hipkins

    Chris Hipkins

    NZIEC 2018 marks Chris Hipkins’ first address to conference delegates as Minister of Education, after speaking to delegates last year in his capacity as Opposition Spokesperson. Minister Hipkins will be outlining his priorities for the international education portfolio on Friday morning.

    Minister Iain Lees-Galloway will be speaking for the first time at NZIEC and is scheduled to address delegates on Thursday morning.


    ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson welcomes the involvement of the Ministers in NZIEC.

    Ian Lees-Galloway

    Ian Lees-Galloway

    "The involvement of two of the most important Ministers for international education at NZIEC shows the importance of our annual hui for industry. We are delighted to welcome both Ministers to NZIEC 2018.”

    Held over two days, NZIEC 2018 focuses on the theme of Inspiring Global Citizens. It features a sell-out crowd of 600 delegates and the largest number of industry presenters yet.

    If you aren’t attending conference, you can follow developments on Twitter with the hashtag #nziec. We will also be reporting on conference news in the E-News following conference.

    NZIEC 2018 sold out

    Registration for NZIEC has closed. Due to venue capacities, we are unable to accept any more delegates.

    Email if you would like to be added to the registration waitlist.

  • Agent training webinars for Malaysia and Thailand

    The webinars will provide updates on popular study options, student entry requirements, scholarships, visa processing, through to employment and career pathway opportunities in New Zealand.

    Speakers will include New Zealand institution representatives as well as ENZ and Immigration New Zealand staff.

    ENZ’s International Market Manager for Southeast Asia, John Mollo, says “We see these webinars as a way to provide the tools, training and intelligence that agents need to better promote New Zealand.”

    The Malaysia Agent webinar is scheduled for 21 May at 10am local time and agents can register here

    The Thailand Agent webinar is scheduled for 22 May at 10am local time and agents can register here

    Please note: Registration for these webinars is for education agents only. ENZ is running a separate series of webinars for New Zealand education institutions.

    Other country webinars are being planned and we will open registration shortly.

    Agent market

    Date and local time of webinar


    Tuesday 18 June, 10am


    Tuesday 16 July, 10am


    Monday 1 July, 10am


    Tuesday 20 August, 10am

    Viet Nam

    Tuesday 10 September, 10am

  • ENZRA fairs in India

    To register, select the event you want to attend online, click ‘Contact Us’ and enter your details. An email will go directly to the agent who will provide you with a registration link. Registration for ENZRA fairs will be on a first in first served basis.

    Register here

  • NZIEC and SIEBA partner for the school sector

    ENZ is pleased to welcome SIEBA as NZIEC’s programme partner, offering a range of sessions and workshops of value to school sector delegates.

    SIEBA is the association for international education in New Zealand schools and has more than 350 member schools across the country. It has become an influential agency both within New Zealand and internationally.

    NZIEC will be this year’s most important event for international education professionals in the school sector. The programme features a wide range of sessions specifically designed to add value for delegates from primary and secondary schools.

    Dr Stephen Holmes, one of the world’s foremost experts on school marketing and reputation, will lead two workshops on ‘Authentic Marketing’ and ‘Evidence Led Positioning and Planning’ and offers school delegates the opportunity of one-on-one sessions during NZIEC.

    Attendees will also gain valuable market insights from Japan, our Country of Honour, and can hear about the new school sector strategy for Vietnam and how to get involved.

    Back by popular demand is the SIEBA schools’ luncheon, an opportunity to gather with sector colleagues to hear inspirational speakers and to network.  

    You will be able to meet with the SIEBA team during the conference as they will have a stand in the EXPO.

    Have you registered yet?

    If you still haven’t registered, make sure you don’t miss out. Places are filling up fast.

  • Register for ENZ’s market intelligence webinars for South Korea and Japan

    An ENZ market intelligence webinar for Korea has been organised and registration is now open. It will offer local market updates and insights and share Immigration New Zealand updates.

    Registration is also open for an ENZ market intelligence webinar focusing on the Japanese market. This will include local market updates and insights, 2020 dates and regional engagements and NZQA Amendments to the Code of Practice.

    ENZ’s Director Asia, John Laxon, said the industry webinars will be a great opportunity for New Zealand education providers to receive local in-market intelligence from ENZ staff.

    “This will ensure in-market recruitment efforts are well targeted. Our 2019 webinar series is providing market insights and updates from around the Asia region, taking into account strong industry interest in the 2018 series.”

    South Korea Industry Webinar

    Wednesday, 28 August, 11am Korea time/2pm New Zealand time

    Click here to register

    Japan Industry Webinar

    Monday, 16 September, 11am Japan time/2pm New Zealand time

    Click here to register

  • Upcoming ENZ webinars

    Viet Nam school sector webinar

    At this webinar, industry professionals in the school sector will learn about ENZ’s approach to the Viet Nam market, and how they can partner with ENZ.

    Who should attend?

    New Zealand-based marketing/international managers at secondary schools.

    Session details:

    2:30pm NZT, Wednesday 27 November

    Register here

    Vietnamese agent webinar

    As part of ENZ’s commitment to raising the awareness of New Zealand among education agencies, ENZ has launched a webinar series to improve the profile, and understanding, of the benefits of a New Zealand education.

    Who should attend?

    Vietnamese education agencies and counsellors who currently share information about studying in New Zealand, or would like to.


    The webinar will provide updates on:

    • ENZ activity
    • Study options
    • Scholarships
    • Employment and career pathway opportunities in New Zealand

    Speakers will include New Zealand sector representatives, as well as ENZ and Immigration New Zealand staff.

    Session details: 

    4pm NZT/10am Viet Nam time, Thursday 28 November

    Register here

    Please note: Registration for these webinars are for education agents only; ENZ is running a separate series of webinars for New Zealand education institutions.

    US industry webinar

    Registration is now open for an ENZ market intelligence webinar for the US. It will offer local market updates and insights and share ENZ’s outlook for the first half of 2020.

    Who should attend?

    International directors and marketing/international managers at tertiary level.


    The in-market team will cover:

    • Partnerships for reach: Learn more about ENZ’s strategic partnerships in the US
    • Market engagement opportunities: In-market events Jan-June 2020
    • Study Abroad scholarships
    • Additional topics proposed by the sector

    Session details: 

    You must register in advance to attend the webinar. If you have questions or topics you’d like to hear covered in the Industry Webinar, please email with your suggestions by Friday 6 December.

    11am NZT, Tuesday 10 December

    Register here

  • Tokyo education fair showcases Māori culture

    This was the fourth annual ENZ fair in Japan and included representatives from 40 New Zealand institutions as well as SIEBA representatives.

    Misa Kitaoka, ENZ’s Senior Market Development Manager – Japan, said this year she wanted to make the fair special by incorporating an element that was uniquely New Zealand, but that also resonated with the Japanese attendees.

    “Being part of Te Rautaki Māori, ENZ’s Māori Steering Committee, I have had the opportunity to learn some te reo and Māori cultural practices, which I realised has many commonalities with those of the Japanese,” said Misa.

    The fair began with a mihi to welcome a group of junior high school students and teachers from Tokyo Seitoku University Junior and Senior High School, a private secondary school that sends all 150 of its year 3 junior high school students to New Zealand schools for one term every year.

    Following the mihi, a group of over 30 students from Hamilton Boys’ and Girls’ High School performed a haka and waiata which brought tears to the eyes of many students and parents.

    “The kapa haka performance increased visitor numbers for sure – it was such a moving performance. A student from Hamilton Boys’ who’s half Maori, half Japanese translated the meaning of each performance to attendees in Japanese, so impressive!

    This year’s fair also saw an increasing number of mothers interested in taking their young children to New Zealand.

    “With the Japanese government’s focus on improving the nation’s English language capability in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the average age of English learners in Japan is getting younger,” Misa said.

    To address this demand, ENZ is working closely with SIEBA to promote its PSP programme, representing more than 40 primary schools available to receive international students over five years of age. 

    The ENZ Japan fair in 2019 will be held during the Rugby World Cup on 22 September 2019 followed by an agents/educators’ seminar and networking event in Tokyo on 24 September 2019.

    For those interested in attending the fair, pre-registration is now open at ENZ Events page here.

    Any New Zealand secondary school or tertiary institution bringing their kapa haka group on a tour to Japan next year and wish to perform at our fair, please email

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  • EdTech connections good for business

    This was the view from Education New Zealand hosted networking events for over 40 representatives from the edtech sector in Wellington, Auckland and Dunedin last month. 

    It was a great opportunity to share development and export experiences and meet like-minded business contacts. As well as making new business connections, attendees were interested in ways to create more opportunities to learn and collaborate. 

    Bennett Medary, Chairman of the NZ Technology Industry Association, spoke to the meetings about creating a group of edtech members under the NZTech umbrella. Edtech investor, Dr Sue Watson, Chief Executive of Summit Education Asia Pacific, facilitated the discussion.

    Views were varied but overall attendees were positive about the formation of an edtech sector group, particularly as part of a well-established industry association. There was interest in a group that connected widely across sectors including with educators, other tech companies and investors. 

    Chris Bulman of Bud-e-Digital said: “Getting together is important so you can learn from what others are doing and joining with NZTech would mean that edtech companies are hooked into the wider tech sector.“

    Other priorities expressed for the group included coordination and monitoring of international research and trends, support to take New Zealand companies to market, and established opportunities for networking and real collaboration.

    “Working together means the sector can have more resources to build the reputation of New Zealand edtech which is good for us all,” said Joanne Ho of Kiwa Digital.

    NZTech and ENZ are working on the formation of an edtech group and will be contacting people who offered support at the meetings to help develop a programme for the group to grow the value of the edtech sector.

    To learn more about global edtech opportunities and New Zealand’s special advantages – a high quality education system and an innovative, problem solving culture - watch this video from the EdTech for Export conference held in late June this year.

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