The due date for submissions has been extended until 5 April 2019. This is out of respect for the shock experienced by New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, in the wake of the attacks in Christchurch on 15 March.
For your reference, some key facts regarding the ITP sector, are:
1. The ITP sector made a $640m economic contribution through international education in 2017-2018
2. ITPs offer professional, vocational and technical education across the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. All ITPs offer specialist degree programmes, and many offer post-graduate and masters study
3. 18,000 international students were enrolled in ITPs in 2017. 7,269 of these students were from India, bringing a $240m contribution to NZ’s economy. ITPs are regionally-focussed, and in some regions such as Northland, Southland, Hawkes Bay/Tairawhiti, and Taranaki, which are not serviced by Universities, ITPs are the sole or major provider of tertiary education in these regions.
4. Of the approximately $189m in international student tuition fees earnt by ITPs in 2017, approximately $102m (60%) in international student tuition fees was at degree or post graduate level study.
Since recent welcome changes to INZ policy, there has been a significant increase in students from India enrolling in higher-level courses at ITPs, especially Post Graduate and Masters-level programmes. Overall there’s also an increase in interest for specialist courses offered by ITPs, for instance, cybersecurity, earthquake engineering, and creative animation or digital technology courses - all areas identified as growth industries worldwide.