21 August 2017 at 9:00 am

International education leaders gather for Auckland conference

More than 700 educators from across New Zealand and the world are descending on Auckland tomorrow for the New Zealand International Education Conference, now in its 26th year. 

Under the theme of 'leadership in international education', the record number of delegates will spend two days hearing from more than 90 speakers about the latest trends, opportunities and challenges facing the sector. 

International education is New Zealand’s fourth-largest export earner, valued at $4.5 billion a year. More than 131,600 international students studied at our institutions in 2016. 

Education New Zealand Chief Executive Grant McPherson says New Zealand’s high-quality education system is attractive to international students, particularly in an age where specialist knowledge, thinking skills and work-readiness are top of mind for new graduates. 

“NZIEC is a chance for us to share our insights and experience with our international colleagues, and together explore how we can lead the next generation of students.” 

NZIEC will be MC’d by Miriama Kamo, with international speakers including Dr Esther Brimmer, Chief Executive of NAFSA, Zhou Chenggang, Chief Executive of New Oriental Education and Technology Group, and Dr Jason Fox, a Melbourne-based motivation strategy and design expert. 

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith and Labour Spokesperson for Education Chris Hipkins will also feature, engaging in a Q&A session with delegates about the future of the industry under their respective parties. 

A new feature will introduce the United States as NZIEC’s inaugural Country of Honour, which will see the US feature in a number of conference sessions. In 2016, almost 3,000 American students studied in New Zealand. 

“While studying and living in New Zealand can be a life-changing experience for international students, there are many benefits for New Zealanders too,” said McPherson. 

“International students bring cultural diversity to our communities, they expose us to different ways of looking at things, and they are having an important influence on the quality of our education institutions.  

“In addition, the fees they pay help to maintain quality teaching resources and facilities, their research underpins our universities’ strong international reputation and a proportion of graduates remain here to work, often in skill shortage areas. 

“For countries like ours, all of this plays a vital role in strengthening our economy and our links with the world.  

“With growing numbers of enterprises operating internationally, New Zealanders need to be culturally astute to build relationships and be successful.” 

The New Zealand International Education Conference 2017 is being held tomorrow and Wednesday (22 – 23 August) at the SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre. For full programme details visit www.nziec.co.nz    

For more information, please contact: 

Carole van Grondelle 

ENZ Communications Manager 

021 474 483


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