In October 2018 the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) shut down Auckland based Regent International Education Group due to repeated non-compliance with the required standards.
The college offered business, IT, English and horticulture courses.
The mains concerns for the NZQA related to plagiarism, inaccurate marking and low visa approval rates.
- The authority found poor English and examples of plagiarism in students’ work.
- Too many of its potential students had visas declined. For example, 70 per cent of Regent’s Indian students, recruited through agents, were refused visas.
- Marking of student work was too generous. NZQA found that out of 131 assignments given a passing grade, 18 should have been marked as a fail.
NZQA Deputy Chief Executive Quality Assurance Dr Grant Klinkum said:
Regent has failed to maintain the standard of education that students deserve, the sector expects, and NZQA requires.
More that 100 international students who were studying with Regent International Education Group now face deportation.
Immigration NZ has given affected students from India, the Philippines, China and Japan until Wednesday November 13 to find an alternative education provider, or leave New Zealand.
Students have also been advised that that will get no credit for any units completed with Regent International Education Group, and will have to start their courses all over again with their new provider.