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Thailand signs agreements with NZ universities

4 July 2005

Thailand signs agreements with NZ universities

Education Minister Trevor Mallard today hosted the signing of Memoranda of Understanding between five New Zealand universities (Canterbury, Lincoln, Massey, Otago, Waikato) and the Thai Office of the Civil Service Commission. Thai Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam, who is visiting New Zealand, also witnessed the signing.

"The signing of the Memoranda of Understanding represents an important step in developing the overall education relationship with Thailand and will also contribute to developing and growing the post graduate programmes at the different institutions with Thailand," Trevor Mallard said.

"It is good to see these sorts of agreement being put in place that link our countries through education.

"The New Zealand education system is one that encourages creativity and innovation. New Zealand welcomes large numbers of international students, professors and researchers into New Zealand to study and teach, and many young New Zealanders pursue further study overseas.

“These international links keep New Zealand education fresh and relevant – as a nation we are very well connected with our near neighbours in Asia and the Pacific. “Tourism has grown in both directions and Thailand is a favoured holiday destination for many New Zealanders.

“I am very pleased to see New Zealand and Thai institutions collaborating together for our mutual benefit.

"Today’s signing of these Memoranda of Understanding is a testament to the strong and dynamic links which have been forged between our two countries in the area of international education,” Trevor Mallard said.

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