7 June 2017

Further growth for international education

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith today welcomed the International Education Dashboard for 2016, which shows a six percent growth in New Zealand’s international education industry to 131,609 student enrolments.

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The economic value of the sector in 2016 is now estimated to be $4.5 billion, an increase of $200 million on 2015 student numbers.

ENZ's Acting Chief Executive John Goulter says the findings are a tribute to the continuing hard work and strong collaboration of key players across the industry.

“This growth could not be achieved without our education providers, government bodies and other key industry players working together successfully to attract talented students from around the world.

“It is an impressive outcome, and shows that New Zealand is increasingly seen as a place that offers quality education in a safe, welcoming environment.”

The new figures consolidate international education’s place as New Zealand’s fourth largest export sector, supporting more than 33,000 jobs across New Zealand.

The Minister’s release can be found here.

The International Education Dashboard for 2016 can be found here.

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