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Education Excellence Awards: Finalists Announced

International Education Excellence Awards: Finalists Announced

‘International education in New Zealand is in good heart, going by the excellence displayed across the industry by the finalists in the International Education Excellence Awards’ says Robert Stevens, Chief Executive of Education New Zealand. ‘The quality, commitment and innovation displayed by these finalists is a testament to just how dedicated our institutions are to providing superior service to their students’.

The International Education Excellence Awards were instituted last year in response to a growing necessity to showcase good practice and demonstrate just how well our institutions are responding to the global marketplace. The Awards this year are the first to be presented, and mark the culmination of an extensive nomination and judging process designed to reward excellence across the industry.

‘The finalists in the seven categories come from across the country, and across all sectors of the industry’ says Robert Stevens. ‘It is proof positive that quality is not confined to any one part of the industry, but is widespread. Good operators are good operators, no matter whether they are large or small, state or private, big city or provincial.’

‘It is high time the achievements of our leading institutions were acknowledged and celebrated’ says Robert Stevens. ‘These Awards are one part of this process. They have been well supported by industry, and support what we have known all along – that New Zealand is second to none when it comes to providing a world class education for the students in today’s global education marketplace’.

The Winners will be announced by the Hon. Steve Maharey on Thursday 19th August at the Education New Zealand International Education Conference in Auckland.

There are seven categories in the International Education Excellence Awards, and they were open to nominations from all sectors and throughout New Zealand.

The Categories and Finalists are as follows:

The AI (Advancing Internationalisation) Award
Excellence in internationalisation initiatives that are advancing genuine educational internationalisation in New Zealand Christchurch College of Education, which highlighted their cohesive and progressive 10 strand strategy Hutt International Boys School, with their proactive approach to internationalisation at all levels The University of Otago, a tertiary leader in the internationalisation field.

The CR (Community Relations) Award
Excellence in fostering and improving community relations between New Zealanders and international students Edgewater College, a leader in international education within the schools sector Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, who engage with the cosmopolitan regional community in many innovative ways Unique New Zealand, who are an integral part of their Browns Bay community.

The PD (Professional Development) Award
Excellence in professional development programmes within the industry Papanui High School, with a strong record of PD leadership Taylors College Embassy CES, who have been at the forefront of private/public sector partnership

The ET (Excellent Teaching) Award
Excellence in teaching programmes, including innovative and effective classroom programmes and other teaching initiatives Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, who highlighted their Diploma in Viticulture and Wine Production programme University of Otago Language Centre, who have actively implemented new teaching methods over the last 18 months Taylors College Embassy CES, who have clearly put their PD expertise to good work

The OD (Offshore Delivery) Award
Excellence in implementing, building and expanding offshore delivery Auckland University of Technology, with their programme in Shanghai Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, who have also developed operations in China

The MD (Marketing Diversification) Award
Excellence in developing and fostering diverse markets offshore Dominion English, who have opened up many diverse markets and been a leader in international linkages, Nayland College, who are actively developing new markets especially in Europe Northland Polytechnic, who have conclusively demonstrated that being a regional tertiary institution is no barrier to attracting diversity

The PC (Pastoral Care) Award
Excellence in pastoral care and student support programmes relating to non teaching activity Massey University, who have an excellent record of looking after a large and diverse number of international students University of Otago Foundation Year, who realise that high quality pastoral care is a recipe for future enrolment and student satisfaction Nayland College, who have developed a wonderfully supportive approach to pastoral care for their student body

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