INDEPENDENT NEWS

Minister announces new International Education Strategy

Published: Fri 10 Aug 2018 09:40 AM
Hon Chris Hipkins
Minister of Education
10 August 2018
High-quality education delivery, student experience and global citizenship are among the pillars of a new government strategy for New Zealand’s international education sector announced today by Education Minister Chris Hipkins.
Mr Hipkins officially launched the New Zealand International Education Strategy 2018-2030 to 600 attendees at the 2018 New Zealand international education conference in Wellington today. The Strategy was developed with significant input from a wide range of interested parties including through recent consultation.
“The Strategy looks towards a thriving and globally connected New Zealand through highly regarded international education, and supports other government priorities across education, immigration and economic growth,” Chris Hipkins said.
The public release of the Strategy comes two days after Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway announced changes to post-study work rights for international students. The changes are designed to support high-quality education while preserving a pathway to residency for those with the skills and qualifications New Zealand needs.
“The Government sees a strong future for international education,” Chris Hipkins said.
“This Strategy will provide a clear framework that will enable the full potential of the international education sector to be realised.”
The Strategy provides three goals for international education.
“Goal one is to deliver an excellent education and student experience by ensuring international students feel welcome and safe here and receive a high-quality education.
“Goal two supports the sector’s sustainable growth by supporting the diversification of products, services and markets, and ensuring all regions in New Zealand share in the benefits.
“Goal three is to develop global citizens who have the knowledge and skills to live, work and learn globally. This goal targets New Zealanders as well as international students as I want to ensure that talented Kiwis have opportunities to make global connections too and understand and embrace the benefits of international education at home and abroad.
“In line with this Government’s commitment to measure success and wellbeing more broadly, the Strategy provides a stronger focus on social and cultural outcomes for New Zealand, alongside the economic benefits.”
Chris Hipkins said the Strategy marks a clear shift in emphasis from the 2011 Leadership Statement, which focused primarily on growing the sector’s economic value. This rapid growth resulted in some negative impacts for international students.
“The new Strategy recognises a maturing industry and strikes a balance between sustainable growth and marking a clear commitment to student experience. The focus on wellbeing and student experience supports our ongoing efforts to lift quality across the system.”
In line with sector feedback, the Strategy includes some key actions and measurable targets to meet its goals.
“I look forward to international education helping take us into the future,” Chris Hipkins said.
The International Education Strategy 2018-2030 is available on the Education New Zealand website.
ends

Next in New Zealand politics

Regulation of clamping cowboys good news for motorists
By: AA Insurance
Speech: Ardern - Justice Summit Opening
By: New Zealand Government
New Chiefs of Navy, Army and Air Force
By: New Zealand Government
Government announces new red zone payment
By: New Zealand Government
Gordon Campbell on MPs pay and the REAL p.c. danger zone
By: Gordon Campbell
Emotional day as remains of NZ service people return home
By: New Zealand Government
Commissioner details allocation of 1800 police
By: New Zealand Police
Concern for those in aged care facilities without consent
By: Human Rights Commission
New measures to stop cowboy clampers
By: New Zealand Government
Government response to wheel-clamping "pathetic"
By: Dog And Lemon Guide
Criminal Justice Summit: 'We've talked for decades'
By: RNZ
Justice Minister Andrew Little interviewed by Corin Dann
By: TVNZ
PM's Press Conference 20/8/18: MP Pay, Nauru, Antarctica
By: The Scoop Team
Davis: Over-representation of Māori in criminal justice
By: New Zealand Government
Hundreds come together to fix broken justice system
By: New Zealand Government
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media