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Education New Zealand Working to Allay Fears

Education New Zealand Working to Allay Fears

The Chief Executive of Education New Zealand, Robert Stevens says he is working closely with the Government to allay Chinese fears about New Zealand as a destination for Chinese students.

His comments came at the end of a two day conference in Wellington to discuss the provision of international education.

Media reports over recent days suggest the Chinese student market could be under threat because of fears in China that young Asian students are increasingly involved in crime when they arrive in New Zealand.

Education New Zealand facilitates the promotion of New Zealand as a study destination.

Robert Stevens says while the industry is concerned by these reports it is important to stress that a number of steps have been taken by the government and industry to overcome concerns.

“We are keen to ensure that commentators and members of the public are up to date with the code of practice amendments.

“We believe the vast majority of international students who come to New Zealand to further their education have positive experiences.

“Over the coming months we will continue to focus our efforts on ensuring Chinese students and the Chinese Government see New Zealand as an education destination of choice,” says Mr Stevens.

The recently revised Code of Practice for International Students sets a baseline for their pastoral care.

“Among other things, it limits places where students can live, improves accommodation vetting procedures and protects students from exploitation.

“The revised Code puts New Zealand at the forefront of best practice in the care and well-being of international students from around the world.

“It is important not to lose sight of the overall picture.

“We have worked very hard over recent years to encourage Chinese students to continue their education in New Zealand.

“We will continue to work closely with both the New Zealand and Chinese governments to ensure the experiences of these students are positive,” says Mr Stevens.

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