COVID-19 strikes again.

Back in 2018 Education New Zealand re-launched its Recognised Agent Program. It focused on identifying and engaging with committed, ethical and professional education agencies.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, and the closure of New Zealand’s border, Education New Zealand recently made two announcements about the short term future of the program:

ENZ will waive requirements this year for agencies that already part of the program

All current Recognised Agencies will remain in the ENZ Recognised Agency program until February 2022 provided they:

  • sign an updated agreement
  • remain a viable business, and
  • meet conduct requirements.

We understand that education agencies have been hugely impacted by their inability to place new students with education providers in New Zealand. We hope this provides some certainty to the agent community during these times.

Geneviève Rousseau Cung, ENZ’s Manager Education Agents

ENZ remains committed to working with education agencies that are already part of the program, noting that agents play a key role in passing important information to students. Ms Cung said:

We are aware that many students would turn first to their agents for information and support, ahead of their study provider. We will continue to communicate with our agent community on ENZ’s AgentLab platform and share updates regarding the Recognised Agency programme.

New applications closed for over 12 months

ENZ has decided to not open applications for the ENZ Recognised Agency program in 2020 or 2021. The next round of applications to the program will open in early 2022.


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