Zealand is a major destination for foreign students and has recently noticed a
growing interest from the UAE and Gulf countries, a visiting delegation has
Trevor Mallard, New Zealand Minister of Education, told a press conference at
the New Zealand Consulate General in Dubai: "Thousands of international
students are choosing to study in New Zealand, to explore new ideas in
pioneering programmes that will put them at the front in the world's job
"Regarding education, my country is more serious towards the UAE and GCC
region. We have had a strong and clear message from the UAE ambassador to New
Zealand that students from the region have shown an increasing interest in
"Families are more interested in sending their children to a safe and
multi-cultural society. Also, education in New Zealand is cheaper compared to
New Zealand is establishing stronger educational cooperation with many
countries in the region especially the UAE. "We are trying to introduce
our reputed educational system to students in the region. We value our
reputation and try to invest in it as much as possible."
Mallard added that tertiary education in New Zealand is closer to the British
system than the American system. New Zealand has a British-style tradition of
quality education and has also been a leader in the development of teaching
In areas such as the teaching of reading and in English as Second Language
(ESL) tuition, the quality of New Zealand education is recognised and
respected internationally. He further pointed out that New Zealand will
participate in the 'Student Show 2003', an international exhibition of
education opportunities to be held in October.
The student community in the UAE will have an opportunity to explore
educational options in New Zealand.
Gavin Young, New Zealand Consul General, also attended the press conference.
Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English
Language Testing System (IELTS) are used extensively in New Zealand for
admission into higher educational courses. Most New Zealand English language
schools and tertiary institutions offer IELTS and TOEFL preparation courses.
Preparation is also offered in some schools and institutions for Cambridge,
Pitman, Trinity and other examinations.
There are eight state-funded universities in New Zealand. They provide
tertiary study at degree and post graduate levels. Also there are 21
state-funded polytechnics and institutes of technology. Polytechnics and
institutes of technology provide tertiary study at all levels, foundation
studies, certificates, diplomas, degrees and post graduate programmes."
New Zealand has one of the highest levels of tertiary participation and of
people graduating with degrees.
"The proportion of our population with qualifications tends to exceed the
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development."
There are more than 80,000 foreign students enrolled at New Zealand schools
and tertiary institutes. Over the past decade, there has been a significant
increase in the number of international students and there are now close to a
thousand New Zealand educational institutions providing for the educational
needs of international students.
A mission of institutions in the UAE visited New Zealand recently to market
their services and looking at options where courses could be offered in the
Mallard said: "The New Zealand Ministry of Education has developed the
Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, leading the
world in the care of students.
"The code establishes a framework for minimum standards, good practice
procedures and a complaints procedure for providers enrolling international
students. These guidelines have been developed to support the government's aim
of advancing minimum standards for the pastoral care of the growing numbers of
international students coming to New Zealand.
"With a well-educated population, New Zealanders excel in many areas –
arts, science, technology and manufacturing. Schooling is compulsory until the
age of 16, but a steadily increasing number of students remain at school to
gain qualifications for further study at tertiary institutions."