Education New Zealand (ENZ), the lead government agency for international education conducted its first university roadshow in Pune highlighting what New Zealand institutions have to offer Indian students.
Besides being a preferred educational destination with all universities in the top three per cent of universities worldwide, New Zealand is also a safe and welcoming country which is an important consideration for students thinking about studying abroad.
New Zealand universities engaged with principals and student counsellors of prominent Pune schools telling them more about the engineering and management courses available at their institutions.
Jugnu Roy, country manager – India, Education New Zealand says that Pune is a top priority. “There is growing interest from local students about studying in New Zealand but there is a lack of awareness about what the country and the educational institutions have to offer. The purpose of this roadshow was to help change that. Three of the ten awardees of the prestigious New Zealand India Sport Scholarships were from Pune as well as the overall winner of ENZ’s recent marketing and strategy competition,” he said.
Nathanael Mackay, area manager, immigration New Zealand speaks about the immigration guidelines for students who wish to study in New Zealand. “There are lots of high quality students in Pune and we are keen to see the number of students choosing to study in New Zealand grow. Immigration New Zealand has recently introduced a new Pathway Student Visa which allows for a more seamless study experience. Students can undertake up to three consecutive programmes of study with selected education providers on a single visa that is valid for up to five years,” he said.
India is the second largest source of international students to New Zealand with 20,227 student enrolments at New Zealand institutions during 2014 (January – December).The growth story from India has continued in 2015 with a 20% increase in the total student visas for the year. Immigration New Zealand processed a range of high quality student visa applications from Pune with close to 90% approval rate.