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Private Providers encouraged by Govt investment

Private Providers encouraged by Government investment in International education.

“The New Zealand Association of Private Education Providers is encouraged by the Minister of Education, the Hon Trevor Mallard’s announcement for funding into critical areas of support for the international education Industry.

For years the size and growth of the sector has been recognised as a major contributor to the economy. The Minister’s reference to “wine and wool” was particularly relevant in recognising education alongside industries which provide New Zealand with its global positioning statements.

New Zealand’s private providers have been providing unique education of a world standard for years and this is recognised by the growing number of students from a growing number of countries studying with our institutions.

The announced funding is recognition of the importance and unique nature of this exciting but volatile industry. Diplomatic support comes at a time when many of New Zealand’s main competitors are moving to demonstrate responsibility and nurture key government to government relationships to support their educators. This initiative supports New Zealand’s claims as a credible caring learning destination. It is common to perceive the international education industry as a group of institutions bringing students into the country to study in our schools. However many institutions export education through other channels such as off-shore campuses and extra-mural education across international boundaries. The funding announced to support such strategies of distribution supports Education New Zealand’s direction and the leadership direction of CEO Roberts Stevens.

General promotion and other incentives such as scholarships which were also announced will only be maximised in effect if they are properly integrated with current and past investment made by the sector.

NZAPEP applauds this pro-active approach on what is very new ground for the government. Members look forward to working alongside the government and industry to ensure that proposed funding announced complements our strategies and investments.

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