Overseas Education Agents "Speed Dating" in NZ
Education New Zealand: Media Release 02/05/11
Education New Zealand is playing match maker between overseas education agents and New Zealand educational institutions
next week. “Education agents play a key role in bringing international students to New Zealand, and a first-hand look at
everything our beautiful country has to offer makes them more enthusiastic and confident about sending students here,”
says Kathy Phillips, Acting Chief Executive of Education New Zealand.
“Weve set up a type of „speed dating event where agents and institutions have short, one-on-one meetings where they can
decide whether they are a good match for working together in the future. This way they can maximise the number of
connections made, and hopefully the number of students the agents will enrol in New Zealand institutions going forward,”
says Kathy Phillips.
With support from Air New Zealand, 20 New Zealand Specialist Agents from China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea will
come to New Zealand for a week of meetings with representatives from 59 institutions from around New Zealand. The
meetings will take place in Rotorua and Queenstown, which will allow agents to enjoy some of New Zealands top tourist
attractions once business is wrapped up for the day. Following the week of meetings in Rotorua and Queenstown, the
agents will travel in small groups to various regions of New Zealand, where they will be able to visit institutions and
have a better look at the lifestyle and facilities their students will experience here.
Between them, the groups will visit institutions in Auckland, Waikato, Manawatu, Wellington, South Canterbury,
Queenstown, Dunedin and Southland.
In many countries education agents are widely used by students who are planning to study overseas. The agent suggests
appropriate courses and institutions to the student, and helps them with the enrolment and visa application process.
Education New Zealand runs a training and accreditation programme for education agents, allowing them to become New
Zealand Specialist Agents. There are currently 487 New Zealand Specialist Agents in 15 countries around the world.
This is the second year that Education New Zealand and Air New Zealand have partnered to bring education agents to New
Zealand for familiarisation visits.