More students opting to study in New Zealand

Published:  20 Feb at 9 AM
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The number of foreign students opting to study in New Zealand is higher than it has been for four years, according to official figures.

The figures show that between January and August last year there was a 12 per cent rise to around 10,100 in student numbers compared to the same period the previous year. The numbers mean foreign students are now worth roughly NZ$2.85bn to New Zealand and have brought in NZ$83m in tuition fees – 13 per cent more than in 2013.

Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce described it as pleasing to see the numbers at the highest they’ve been for some time, pointing out that there was also a rise of 41 per cent of the number of students enrolling in postgraduate courses.

Joyce noted that international education remained an important source of income for the country, while international students also helped create links with trading partners. He added that the extra money received in tuition fees could be invested into facilities or programmes to benefit students, staff and communities.

Student numbers in the Private Training Establishment sector were up by 21 per cent, while there was an increase of 16 per cent in Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics.
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