1000 Malaysians studying in NZ 
Sarawak Tribune - Wednesday, 20 August 2003

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ENTRANCED... Two students listening to director of N.Z. Centre, Rodger Chan Siong Boh's explaination with interest while Vivvienne Kingsbury (left) looks on.

KUCHING- The New Zealand Trade and Enterprise brought in a variety of world leading courses and qualifications from New Zealand at the New Zealand Education Fair at Hilton here yesterday.

New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality, affordable education and offers a safe learning environment.

A wide range of courses from diploma to doctorate levels are available.

New Zealand bases its education programmes on the world's most recognised and accredited education system, namely, the British system.

New Zealand's qualifications are also reputed to be practical, modern and desirable.

Among the courses available are medical studies, agricultural studies, arts, and commerce.

"We have world class institutions, a British based system and an environment that is warm and welcoming to everybody," said Trade Commissioner of Malaysia and Brunei, Jeff Shepherd during an interview with reporters at Hilton here on Monday.

He said the cost of living in New Zealand was also affordable.

According to him, several private colleges in Malaysia including INTI College Sarawak Branch here have formed partnerships with various universities in New Zealand.

Shepherd said that there were currently over 1000 Malaysian students studying in New Zealand.

He said students could apply for private or public scholarship in Malaysia. The New Zealand government also offered scholarships to students from developing countries.

Besides that, the students could also apply for the Commonwealth scholarships or scholarships from individual New Zealand universities.

Shepherd said the response from students in Kuala Lumpur to the education fair was good. 750 turned up for the event.