1 February 2017

Victoria and ACG welcome international students to new pathway programme

Victoria University has teamed up with Academic Colleges Group (ACG) to bring more international students to Victoria and Wellington.

Vic pathway workshop
Mark Haines, ACG Executive Principal, ACG NZ International Schools, welcomes new students to the Victoria University of Wellington and ACG pre-degree pathway programme

The study pathway allows students to enrol in courses at Victoria at different times of the year, offering a range of options to suit students’ academic backgrounds and levels of English.

The programme kicked off last week in Wellington’s CBD near Victoria’s Pipitea campus – allowing the future Victoria students to engage with university services including libraries, health services, recreation centre and learning support systems.

The first intake welcomes some 50 students from Myanmar, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Nepal and Brazil.

Victoria’s Provost, Professor Wendy Larner said ACG is a highly regarded provider of pre-degree programmes, and Victoria is excited by the potential of the programme.

“International students bring variety and new perspectives to the university environment as well as the greater Wellington community,” she said.

“Approximately 20-30 percent of international students stay in New Zealand at the end of their studies, contributing significantly to the economy, while those who return home often maintain links to New Zealand, acting as influential ambassadors for our country.”

Bryce Pedersen, ACG’s Deputy Principal for the Victoria University programme, said ACG is pleased with the number for the first intake.

“It demonstrates international students’ demand for academic pathway programmes in Wellington,” he said. 

Three more student intakes are scheduled in 2017.

 

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