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New Zealand Government Moves To Stabilise International Education Sector

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New Zealand is one of the most preferred educational destinations globally and has attracted students worldwide. Unfortunately, the educational sector is one of the most affected sectors due to the pandemic. However, the government knows the vital role international education will play as the economy recovers and rebuilds.

Therefore, in response to the pandemic, the New Zealand government has announced a long-term strategic recovery plan, supported by a $51.6 million investment from the COVID recovery and response fund to help stabilize New Zealand’s international education sector.

The recovery plan comprises three parts that will run concurrently and focus on stabilizing the international education sector, strengthening it via regulatory settings, policies, and practices, and accelerating its transformation as signalled in 2018’s International Education Strategy.

The government aims at investing in the international education recovery fund in several ways, as mentioned below.

  • $20 million will support the state and state-integrated schools.
  • $10 million will support Private Training Establishments (PTEs).
  • $1.5 million will go to the English Language Schools to deliver English language training to migrants.
  • $500,000 will go to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).
  • $6.6 million will be spent to ensure pastoral care and other activities for international students.
  • $10 million will be spent developing future-based products and services to drive higher onshore and offshore growth.
  • $3 million is kept for Education New Zealand (ENZ) brand’s marketing in the relevant international market.

By implementing this comprehensive recovery plan, the government anticipates minimizing the impact on the educational sector.

The fund allocation intends to strengthen the country’s existing education system with a higher appeal and resiliency that attracts more international students as the world looks to recover from the pandemic.

The Education Minister of New Zealand has said that ultimately what the government wants is to have an international education system that’s mutually good for students, education providers and benefits New Zealand economically and socially.

He also said that he is aware that much of the recovery is dependent on when New Zealand will open its borders to international students, and providers are eager to get timeframes on when any changes to the border closure will be made.

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