7 June 2017

Kiwis shine at NAFSA

New Zealand achieved an unprecedentedly high profile last week at NAFSA 2017, the world’s largest international education conference of more than 10,000 attendees.

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The New Zealand delegation included all eight universities, four ITPs and an English language school, and to expand global perceptions beyond New Zealand’s tourism offering, it showcased Kiwi innovation and creativity with the campaign line New Ideas Grow Better Here.

Each institution chose an innovative student project to highlight, ranging from a fully recyclable electric car to New Zealand’s first virtual reality movie.

As platinum sponsor of the Opening Plenary, New Zealand used its spotlight moment for a performance by Elena, a Maori classical violinist, followed by Sir Richard Taylor, who spoke about New Zealand’s strengths as an education destination.

Lisa Futschek, ENZ’s Regional Director, Americas and Europe, said the well-coordinated presence of the New Zealand institutions was a great example of collaboration.

“That single, clear message – creativity and innovation – definitely caught the attention of NAFSA attendees, and made us stand out against the 300 other booths in the Expo Hall.”

We plan a special E-News next week with more comprehensive coverage of NAFSA’s highlights.

Helen Clark (centre) stopped by the New Zealand booth in the Expo Hall

Helen Clark (centre) stopped by the New Zealand booth in the Expo Hall

Showcasing Kiwi innovation and creativity

Showcasing Kiwi innovation and creativity

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