Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Changing Times for International Education

2004 Student Numbers confirm changing times for International Education

International Student statistics released recently by the Department of Statistics show a drop in the number of international students receiving English language training in New Zealand.

The just released figures show a total of 50,594 students studied with English languages providers in the year ended 30th March 2004. This is a decline of over 20,000 from the peak of 71,503 English language international students recorded the year before.

‘After years of sustained growth across all sectors, we are seeing a shift in the study patterns of international students coming to New Zealand’ says Rob Stevens, Chief Executive of Education New Zealand. ‘The English language sector has been reporting a decline in numbers for some time, and that fall is substantiated by these statistics. A 29% drop in numbers is substantial, and certainly has had a big impact for providers in that sector. However, a drop in the number of students in the English language sector does not necessarily mean an equivalent drop across all sectors.’

‘Overall, what we are seeing is a distinct shift in the dynamics of the market’ says Rob Stevens. ‘Demand for tertiary education has grown during the same time-frame. Students are looking for articulation, and are staying for the long haul. There has also been a trend from some markets to engage at the school level, rather than waiting until the completion of schooling. The overall effect is to spread numbers across all sectors. What we will be watching very carefully is how the numbers hold up in the tertiary sector. It is too early to say whether we are seeing a ‘bulge moving through the snake’ or whether the tertiary sector will experience a similar decline in the years ahead.’

‘The private English language sector is an extremely important part of the New Zealand industry’ says Rob Stevens. ‘Providers have responded to the challenge of declining numbers through market diversification and adding value to their courses. These efforts have born fruit, and it is positive to note that the dollar value of the services provided by the sector has not decreased in proportion to the numbers. At a national level, a major effort is ongoing to ensure that New Zealand stays well positioned in key markets including China. All these issues and responses will be well discussed at the forthcoming International Education Conference later this week’.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>


Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>