New Zealand strengthens career opportunities for international education students

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Mumbai: This week the New Zealand Government launched a new international education strategy, and enhanced post-study work rights that will strengthen career opportunities for international students.

A new three-year post-study open work visa for bachelor-level and post-graduate students will provide a streamlined path for these international students to pursue post-study work opportunities in New Zealand.

“For ambitious international students, New Zealand offers a compelling package,” said Education New Zealand Chief Executive Grant McPherson.

“We want international students coming to New Zealand to be motivated by a great education and a great experience. Generous post-study pathways to residence remain available for those with the skills and qualifications New Zealand needs,” Mr McPherson said.

The changes support a newly launched International Education Strategy 2018-2030, strengthening New Zealand’s position as a world-leading international education destination.

“The International Education Strategy has three goals: delivering an excellent education and student experience; achieving sustainable growth; and developing global citizens.”

“It’s grounded in a high performing, sustainable education system that equips students with the skills needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” said Mr McPherson.

New Zealand has been ranked as the best education system in the world in preparing students for the future, by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Educating for the Future Index.

Other announcements included a refreshed Education New Zealand Recognised Agency programme.

“About half of the international students in New Zealand use an education agency in some way, and we hope that closer engagement with agencies will continue to enrich the experience for students,” said Mr McPherson.