NZ introduces wellbeing strategy for international students

New Zealand has launched a new wellbeing strategy for international students to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as a safe and welcoming study destination.

The International Student Wellbeing Strategy was launched yesterday during a visit to the Ara Institute of Canterbury.

“International education is our fourth largest export industry and provides jobs for more than 30,000 New Zealanders,” said Paul Goldsmith, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister. “It is vital students have a high-quality experience while studying in New Zealand.

“The Government backs the international education export industry and the thousands of Kiwis employed in it. Our approach is to work with the industry to steadily improve outcomes, rather than threatening large parts of it,” the Minister added.

In addition to the strengthened pastoral responsibilities of education providers introduced in 2016, Education New Zealand now has a dedicated staff member whose focus is on delivery of a high quality experience for international students.

“The new wellbeing strategy builds on this progress, setting out focus areas that international students have told us make the biggest difference to their study experience,” continued Minister Goldsmith. “Access to accurate information is particularly important for international students, so Education New Zealand is building an online information hub that will bring together information about life and study in New Zealand.”

Moreover, NZ$750,000 per year is being made available for new initiatives that align with the strategy and strengthen international student wellbeing.

“This strategy reinforces our commitment to the wellbeing of our international students, to ensure they feel welcomed and acknowledge their contribution to New Zealand,” Goldsmith concluded.

Article published 14th June 2017