32 new scholarships worth Rupees 8.2 million have been announced to encourage Indians to study in New Zealand.
Called the ‘New Zealand Excellence Award’ scholarship programme, the scholarships for Indians in New Zealand were championed by Education New Zealand (ENZ).
Grant McPherson, Chief Executive of ENZ, said: “The New Zealand Excellence Award scholarship programme is beneficial for both countries.
“It helps Indian students pursue a range of specialist programmes in areas such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), business and creative arts at New Zealand universities. Already over 100 talented Indian students have benefitted from these scholarships.”
McPherson added: “Awardees go on to strengthen ties between our two countries by contributing to a broader exchange of ideas in our universities, building our respective research capabilities, and enriching our cultures.
“New Zealand is currently experiencing significant growth and interest in high level courses from Indian students. This is something we hope to see continue.”
New education policy in India focuses on internationalisation
The new National Education Policy (NEP) draft proposed by India indicates a heavy focus on internationalisation of education, according to Education New Zealand (ENZ).
John Laxon, Regional Director Asia for Education New Zealand, told Press Trust of India: “The Indian government is focusing on internationalisation in the draft national education policy and is a very exciting development, which New Zealand is committed to supporting.
“New Zealand and India are pursuing a strong programme of international education collaboration, ranging from student and academic mobility to joint research initiatives.”
Laxon continued: “International education collaboration benefits the education systems, economies and societies of both countries. New Zealand looks forward to partnering with India in the field of education for the long-term.”
According to official statistics, there has been a 63% increase in first time student visas for universities in New Zealand and the number has nearly doubled from university enrolment numbers in 2017.
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