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Waiariki Part Of New Zealand Delegation To India

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15 October 2012

Waiariki Part Of New Zealand Delegation To India

Waiariki Institute of Technology chief executive Professor Margaret Noble will be part of the New Zealand delegation in India this week.

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce leads the delegation to lift New Zealand’s profile as a destination for international students and to support companies and New Zealand institutes like Waiariki to grow their business in the Indian market.

“India is New Zealand’s third largest source of international students with 12,358 students enrolled in courses in New Zealand in 2011 – an increase of 95 per cent since 2008,” Mr Joyce says.

“The government wants to double the economic contribution the international education industry makes to New Zealand to $5 billion by 2025. India is an important part of that future growth both in terms of students studying in New Zealand, and New Zealand providers working in India. The aim of the visit alongside a delegation of New Zealand tertiary institutions, education providers and companies is to further strengthen and build on our mutual education relationship.”

With the second largest cohort of international students in the New Zealand ITP sector, the opportunity to be part of this delegation was one Waiariki’s new chief executive couldn’t turn down.

“The timing isn’t great because I have just started but India is an important market for New Zealand and Waiariki and we have several important partners and relationships in India,” said Professor Noble who will also visit Waiariki partners in China and the Philippines and will be signing some new Memoranda of Understanding during this trip.

A key event of the India visit is the inaugural meeting of the India New Zealand Education Council. Mr Joyce will co-chair the meeting with the Minister of Human Resources development Shri Kapil Sibal. The council, which has jointly funded annual budget of up to NZ $1 million, was set up to ensure greater cooperation in education between New Zealand and India.


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