10 May 2017 at 9:00 am
Quiz shows and education fairs in India
ENZ India found engaging ways to connect with talented Indian students last month, including a star-studded quiz show that combined the worlds of Bollywood and cricket.
ENZ hosted The Kiwi Quotient (KQ) at the Symbiosis International University (SIU) campus in Pune, one of the most prestigious private universities in India.
ENZ’s Country Manager for India, Jugnu Roy, said New Zealand is an increasingly popular destination for high-quality international students.
“We’ve seen a 44 percent increase in Indian student enrolments in New Zealand universities for the first three months of 2017 compared to last year, and India is New Zealand’s second-biggest source country for international students.
“Highlighting New Zealand’s specialised courses and overall education quality will hopefully see this growth continue.”
KQ drew roughly 500 high-calibre students to the event, alongside key influential media, by highlighting two things beloved by India – cricket and Bollywood.
Bollywood star Soha Ali Khan (alma mater Oxford University and London School of Economics) joined former New Zealand cricket captain and ENZ Brand Ambassador, Stephen Fleming, for an inspiring panel discussion on international education. They then took part in a quiz show, picking students from the audience to compete against each other in teams, answering New Zealand-themed questions.
The event received significant media coverage and also created opportunities for New Zealand providers to partner with SIU to develop pathway programmes, particularly for specialist fields such as sports science, sports management and media. ENZ is currently following up.
Following the KQ, ENZ supported four education fairs with Education New Zealand Recognised Agencies (ENZRA). This is the first year ENZ’s fair programme is being delivered exclusively through ENZRA partners, as it’s a cost-effective way of expanding New Zealand’s presence across key Indian markets.
The April series showcased more than 25 New Zealand institutions, including all eight New Zealand universities.
The 2016 fair series achieved enrolments worth $4.5 million economic value to date – so ENZ India are looking forward to seeing what the 2017 fair outcomes are.