Growing international linkages

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Last updated 3 November 2016
Last updated 11/03/2016

This page sets out how we are supporting Priority 6 of the Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) – Growing international  linkages –  which aims to ensure our education services are highly sought after internationally.

International education provides additional sources of income for New Zealand tertiary education organisations (TEOs) and stimulates international links. It helps enhance teaching and research, encourages knowledge-sharing, builds human capital, and realises other wider benefits to New Zealand’s international relationships and trade.

Who we work with

We work closely with other agencies to help TEOs grow and mature their international linkages.

The agencies we work with include Education New Zealand, theMinistry of Education (MoE), the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

What we do

Through our investments, we encourage TEOs to increase their international education activities that support their core business – both onshore and offshore. We want to see TEOs working, individually and in collaboration with other TEOs, to:

  • increase networks, collaboration and joint ventures with international companies and institutions focused on research and innovation, particularly in areas of importance to New Zealand
  • integrate international students and international topics into your programmes and curricula to generate benefits for students and produce graduates capable of thriving in a global context
  • work with other education providers, especially secondary schools (in New Zealand and offshore) to create pathways for international students into and through the tertiary system
  • encourage international students to remain in New Zealand for education or skilled employment.

Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence

As part of Budget 2016, the Government announced $34.5 million in funding to develop new Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) in New Zealand universities as part of the Innovative New Zealand package.

CAPEs will be cross-institutional centres of excellence in the language, culture, politics and economics of the Asia-Pacific region. They will further develop New Zealand’s Asia-Pacific rim knowledge and language skills and facilitate collaboration between TEOs and stakeholders to enhance our partnerships with the region.

We are currently working on the implementation of CAPEs and expect to make announcements soon.