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
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
“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