Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made clear to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key during
the latter’s visit to India late last month that he wants to see more education promotion and fairs in
India to attract quality Indian students here.
The successful state visit involved a group of diverse and high-calibre New Zealand education providers who used the visit to promote innovation and New Zealand-India relationships in education. The providers, including universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) and private training establishments (PTEs), have a commitment and offering targeted at higher education.
“India is already, and will continue to be, extremely important to New Zealand’s international education sector,” says Education New Zealand (ENZ) Chief Executive Grant McPherson, who also attended as part of the 35-strong delegation.
“Because of the unique features and sheer scale of the India market, ENZ and other agencies are clear that New Zealand providers must be committed to working collectively to realise the significant potential that India offers.
“Only in this way can we expect our India engagement to be successful and sustainable.”
The New Zealand education delegation comprised University of Waikato Vice Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley, University of Auckland Deputy Vice Chancellor Jenny Dixon, University of Canterbury Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Gail Gillon, Media Design School Chief Executive, Darryn Melrose, Ara Institute of Canterbury Chair Jenn Bestwick and Wellington Institute of Technology and Whitireia Community Polytechnic Chief Executive Chris Gosling.
Park Road Post Production Chief Executive Cameron Harland attended as Park Road Post, the award-winning facility in Wellington behind the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, recently launched its intensive post-production education programme in Wellington, a niche area for New Zealand.
Mr McPherson says he was delighted at the high-calibre range of education partnerships and other announcements that were made, including:
a strategic education partnership agreement between Universities New Zealand and the Maharashtra State Government, a key state in Education New Zealand’s Target South strategy, and one that has over 4 million university students
New Zealand Universities’ India engagement strategy to establish a stronger collective university presence and brand in India
University of Otago’s agreement with the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute for collaboration in finance and related programmes, and to facilitate student mobility
Media Design School’s partnership with the prestigious Pearl Academy, which will bring MDS’ expertise and programmes to the Indian market
Ara Institute of Canterbury and Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT)’s agreement to bring more than 10 KCT students to Ara’s Christchurch campus to participate in an Engineering Systems Analysis programme
‘My New Zealand Future’ animation showcase winners who will intern at Wellington Institute of Technology, Media Design School and Massey University, profiling New Zealand’s animation and design expertise.
Mr McPherson says the tangible deliverables announced during the visit illustrate the providers’ key role in re-positioning New Zealand’s education brand in India – a brand that speaks to quality education experiences and pathways.
“Each provider has shown their commitment to responsibility in international education, and to working with partners and agents who want the best international students to have the best chance at education success in New Zealand.”
All engagements showed that the education relationship was important to both countries, and there is an ongoing bilateral desire for Indian students to participate in education programmes in New Zealand that will provide them with global opportunities.
“The message was clear from India,” says Mr McPherson. “New Zealand provides important, desirable and often specialist education opportunities for Indian students.
“This visit has provided a really constructive platform for realising sustainable growth out of India, and taking us in the direction specifically related to quality education delivery for students who are genuinely seeking education experiences, particularly in areas that align New Zealand’s expertise with India’s demands.
“This is the direction we need to head in as we move through the phase of consolidation with the India market.”