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Studying in Auckland included as part of the curriculum at a Korean college

Auckland is set to welcome a new group of Korean international students, thanks to an agreement which sees the inclusion of studying in New Zealand’s largest city as part of the curriculum at the training institute, Koguryeo College.

Under the agreement, 120 Korean tertiary students from the college will come to Auckland each year beginning in 2019. The students will spend 12 months studying and gaining practical experience in the region as part of their three-year training course.

Koguryeo College teaches a range of courses covering sectors including aviation, food science, natural energy engineering, tourism and hospitality. The college has chosen to include Auckland because of the region’s ability to provide hands-on international experience to students on top of a great study lifestyle.

The students will attend either the Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS), Academics College Group (ACG) or Cornell.

Korea is currently the fourth largest market for the international education sector in New Zealand, with 7,500 choosing to study here each year, and 5,000 of these students basing themselves in Auckland. The Korean market contributes $167 million a year to Auckland, this new agreement will deliver an additional $3.5 million per year to the regional economy.

Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) International Education Manager Henry Matthews says the new partnership eventuated after ATEED hosted a group of visiting principals from Korea earlier this year as part of a professional development programme.

“The Korean principals were so impressed by the warm welcome they received in Auckland and the high standard of education institutes on offer, and great Kiwi lifestyle, they suggested to the college that Auckland would be the ideal study destination,” he says.

“For Korean students, gaining international work and study experience can put them ahead of other candidates when they’re looking for employment after their studies.

“In Auckland international students get all the benefits of a world-class education system and the ultimate study lifestyle. As one of the most ethnically diverse places in the world, Auckland has an exciting blend of cuisine, art, music, cultural experiences, sports and events for students to enjoy all year round.”

As part of the agreement Koguryeo College will also have two scholarships for New Zealand and international students based here, to go to Korea and learn the language and take part in the college’s various training programmes.

ATEED, through its Study Auckland division, works with the education industry to help create integrated student, tourism and talent experiences for international students.

International Education is now New Zealand’s fourth largest export sector and contributes $4.28 billion a year, with Auckland’s share sitting at more than $2.1 billion.

“While international education provides significant impact to the economy, the benefits of Auckland attracting international students extends beyond this financial return,” says Matthews.

“Auckland businesses and communities are also making the most of the value of having access to international talent, and leverage thanks to their ability to link organisations with international markets as well as adding more diversity to the workplace.”

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