The international education industry is already a an important one for New Zealand.
- International students contributed an estimated NZD$4.4 billion to the New Zealand economy
- There were 125,390 international students enrolled in NZ educational institutions.
About half of the international students going to New Zealand use education agents.
New strategy, new goals
- Delivering an excellent education and student experience
- Achieving sustainable growth
- Developing global citizens
The role of education agents
The strategy acknowledges that education agents have a key role to play, noting:
Education agents remain a critical promotional channel for many education providers who recruit students internationally.
With that in mind the strategy focuses on supporting agents and protecting students:
We are working with all the international education agencies to reduce the likelihood of students being exploited by unscrupulous employers, education providers and agents.
The strategy goes on to say that the NZ Government will work closely with professional education agents to give them the information and tools they need to better promote New Zealand as an international study destination.
That work will start with a renewed focus on the Education New Zealand Recognised Agency Programme. One of the key actions under the first goal is:
Monitor and implement the Education New Zealand Recognised Agency Programme, which supports agents that work with students coming to New Zealand.
New education agent recognition program
- Meet a points target (points will be earned by referring students to study in New Zealand).
- Comply with standards of conduct.
- Undertake training as required.
Education agent management
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