Northland targets international students

The Northland region of New Zealand is targeting an increase in the number of international students choosing to study there each year.

The Tai Tokerau Northland International Education Strategy was launched yesterday, which will aim to see more international students arrive in the region, and more Northland students studying abroad.

“There is real potential for international education to bring a range of benefits to the Northland region,” said Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Paul Goldsmith. “Many international students value the opportunity to experience tikanga Māori and te reo in an authentic setting. Northland delivers a uniquely New Zealand experience.”

The new strategy includes specific and sustainable growth targets over the next 10 years, including growing international secondary student numbers to 400, growing primary and intermediate school enrolments to 200, and increasing the value of international education in the region to NZ$30 million per year.

“International education supports our young people to develop their skills as ‘global citizens’, and connects New Zealand communities and businesses to the wider world,” Minister Goldsmith continued. “International education has grown rapidly in New Zealand and is now our fourth largest export, valued at NZ$4.5 billion, and supporting over 33,000 jobs.

“It is important that we deliver on our promise to international students of an education to be proud of. This new strategy helps achieve that,” he added.

Click here to find out more about the Tai Tokerau Northland International Education Strategy.

Article published 11th August 2017