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ENZ said last week that over the course of 2017, New Zealand welcomed over 2,500 Vietnamese students, with the number of secondary school students adding up by 36 per cent on-year, while university student numbers growing by 14 per cent on-year. The first half of 2018 has continued to see positive growth with an increase in first-time student visas.
Ben Burrowes, ENZ’s regional manager for South East Asia, said it is encouraging to see the rising number of Vietnamese students in New Zealand, as it reflects New Zealand’s commitment towards education and the well-being of international students.
“As New Zealand’s third largest source market within Southeast Asia for international students, Vietnam is a crucial market for our education institutions. Over the past few years, we have really focused our efforts on delivering an excellent education experience for Vietnamese students, making sure they are well-equipped with the necessary tools,” said Burrowes. “The ENZRA programme, once re-launched in Vietnam, will encourage local education agents to improve their capabilities and provide the best support possible for Vietnamese students as they begin their overseas education journey.”
New Zealand is one of only two countries in the world that has in place an International Education Strategy. As part of this strategy, ENZ continues to work closely with education agents to further promote New Zealand as a study destination.
It is also set to re-launch the Education New Zealand Recognised Agent (ENZRA) programme near the end of 2018, which will review and update the list of Recognised Agents annually to ensure that the highest quality support is delivered to the students. In addition, agents will be given comprehensive online training, providing them with up-to-date skills and more information to better assist international students.
|Ben Burrowes said there was a record number of Vietnamese students in New Zealand last year|
As well as providing more support to high-performing agents, ENZ is also focusing on making the process easier for students with the launch of the My StudyNZ app, which is designed to better support the students’ search process by matching them with the courses and institutions that best suit their profiles. Students are also able to review personalised study recommendations, shortlist matches and track their progress towards applying for courses and visas.
New Zealand’s Ambassador to Vietnam Wendy Matthews said: “New Zealand offers innovative and world class education. This is also evident in New Zealand’s approach to international students—we want students to be well-prepared and well-informed even before their arrival to New Zealand. The ENZRA programme and the My StudyNZ App are some good examples of how we are making it easier for Vietnamese students to access and understand New Zealand education.”
|New Zealand is proud to be a trusted education partner of Vietnam|
“New Zealand is proud to be a trusted education partner of Vietnam, one example of this is the renewed Strategic Engagement Plan on Education 2018-2020 signed earlier this year. There is great opportunity and potential in further strengthening this partnership and we look forward to welcoming more Vietnamese students to New Zealand in the near future.”
Students and parents interested in learning more about world-class education opportunities in New Zealand are invited to visit the ENZRA Fairs in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi on September 22 and 23. More information can be found on ENZ’s website.
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