6 June 2018

Letter from the CE: Have your say on the Government’s proposals

You will have seen media coverage over the weekend about the Government’s consultation on proposed changes to post-study work rights for international students as well as the final draft of the International Education Strategy 2018-2030.

These proposals are aligned, and seek public feedback on building a sustainable, high quality international education sector for New Zealand. 

In an interview on TV3’s Newshub Nation, Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said the proposed changes were aimed at eliminating student and migrant exploitation and ensuring migrants granted residency contributed to the skills that New Zealand needs

Information on the proposed post-study work rights changes can be found on the MBIE website. This consultation will run until 29 June.

The draft International Education Strategy looks at international education’s role in an equitable, high-quality New Zealand education system over the coming decade. Building on the earlier consultation in mid-2017, the new draft reflects the Government’s priorities and takes account of the valuable insights provided by the sector through the previous consultation.

International education is an important part of New Zealand’s social, cultural and economic landscape. To ensure the strategy represents a good cross-section of industry players and captures a broad range of perspectives, I urge you all to take part and have your say.

Read and review the draft strategy below and use the online survey to provide input and valuable insights before consultation closes.

The draft strategy is available here.

An online survey is available here.

Consultation closes 22 June 2018.

Those attending the ENZ Connect Series will also have an opportunity to provide feedback.



Grant McPherson

Chief Executive, Education New Zealand



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