11 May 2017 at 9:00 am
Central Regions Mission to China
Education representatives from four New Zealand regions leave today on a joint promotional visit to China.
Education New Zealand Chief Executive Grant McPherson is delighted at this collaboration between Taranaki, Manawatu, Whanganui and Hawke’s Bay.
“The visit will raise awareness of New Zealand’s central regions as a quality international education destination for Chinese students,” says Mr McPherson.
“It’s a great opportunity to highlight that wherever in New Zealand a student chooses to study, they can be assured of a high quality education experience.”
The ten day programme will include student fairs, agent seminars, agent training and education bureau meetings in Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Beijing.
The visit is the start of a long-term plan to develop the Chinese market by New Zealand’s central regions.
“China is New Zealand’s largest source country for international students. More than 34,000 Chinese students studied in New Zealand in 2015, including approximately 1,100 in the central regions. We are expecting 2016 data to show another significant increase in Chinese student numbers.”
The Central Regions’ Mission to China is supported and part-funded by Education New Zealand as part of the Regional Partnership Programme. This programme supports growth in the number of international students and the value of international education in the regions, so that the important cultural, social, educational and economic benefits are shared across New Zealand.
International education is New Zealand’s fourth largest export industry, valued at $4.28 billion.