Representatives from universities in New Zealand and India met in Mumbai last month to discuss strengthening their education links.
New Zealand has been ranked as the best English-speaking education system in preparing students for the future by The Economist Intelligence Unit.
This is possibly the reason that New Zealand is fast becoming the preferred education destination for Indian students, according to the Press Trust of India.
In August 2019, researchers, professors and experts from leading New Zealand and Indian universities met in Mumbai for a ground-breaking academic conclave to enhance the impact of these universities in driving global innovation.
This follows a 51% increase in the number of Indian students choosing to study in New Zealand universities for the year to June 2019.
Research in New Zealand to benefit India education
John Laxon, Regional Director (Asia) at Education New Zealand, said that the conclave reiterates the commitment that New Zealand has to institutional partnerships in the Indian market.
Laxon stated: “New Zealand has research strengths that complement India’s growth industries and global skills demands, including in areas such as robotics, design, filmmaking, gaming and animation, agri-business, health sciences, entrepreneurship, tourism and early childhood education.
“The academic conclave strengthens the education systems of India and New Zealand, by fostering academic connections and sharing how New Zealand universities have topped a series of global impact rankings.
“New Zealand is the only country in the world to have all its universities ranked in the top 3% of the world’s universities (as per QS Rankings 2018).”
Students head to New Zealand to ‘future-proof their career’
The academic conclave headlined a series of academic mobility initiatives across India, including a ‘Guest Lecture Series’ in which 42 lectures by 14 New Zealand academics were delivered across major Indian Institutes of Technology and universities in Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Punjab, Bangalore, Kochi, Jaipur and Kolkata.
Laxon continued: “We are delighted that Indian students are future-proofing their careers by choosing to study in New Zealand, particularly given the recent introduction of a 3-year open post-study work visas for Bachelor’s, Masters and PhD degree international students.
“This week’s academic conclave and guest lecture series are one of many initiatives New Zealand is undertaking to build education relationships with India, and we look forward to welcoming quality Indian students to our world-class universities and institutes.”
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