12 October 2020 at 9:00 am

ENZ welcomes commitment to international education

The decision to enable a small cohort of PhD and postgraduate students to enter the country signals New Zealand’s strong, continued commitment to international education.

The Government today announced that a new border exception category will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies

Grant McPherson, Chief Executive of Education New Zealand, says international education is important to New Zealand and will play a vital role in its rebuild and recovery from COVID-19.

“New Zealand welcomes the contributions that international students make to our country. In turn, a New Zealand education globalises students’ thinking, gives them the skills to work across borders and cultures, and enables them to be part of ground-breaking international research. All of this will become even more important as the world recovers from global effects of COVID-19.”

“Prior to COVID-19, international education was New Zealand’s 5th largest export earner, contributing nearly $5 billion a year to the economy and generating around 45,000 jobs.”

Mr McPherson says the decision is a sensible first step on the path to recovery.

“These are mature students who have had their post-graduate study or research disrupted by COVID-19 and cannot complete their study online due to the practical nature of their course. They have made a commitment to New Zealand, and that’s something we want to honour.”

ENZ and the Ministry of Education will work with tertiary providers as they work through the next step to identify and select eligible students, and continue to work with other agencies to ensure a safe and considered process is developed for these students to enter the country.

“We will also ensure that these students entering New Zealand receive a warm welcome and have the information and support they need to succeed. And we’ll continue to engage with students waiting to enter the country, as well as with education agents, foreign governments, and other education partners to ensure that New Zealand remains alive in the hearts and minds of those considering an international education. 

“We look forward to the possibility of further border exceptions, that will benefit as many providers and students as possible, as and when it is safe to do so.”

Contact: Hazel Dobbie, Education New Zealand +64 21 579 917, hazel.dobbie@enz.govt.nz

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