More opt to study in New Zealand

THERE were over 2,000 Malaysian students in New Zealand at the end of 2017 and the latest figures from Education New Zealand (ENZ) show that as of June this year, there has been a 21% rise in the number of first-time student visas from Malaysia compared to the same period last year.

New Zealand’s eight universities, all ranked within the top three percent worldwide by the QS World University Rankings, have driven much of the recent growth with the sector enjoying a 33% increase in first-time student visas for the first half of 2018, compared to the same period last year.

The unique education system in New Zealand provides a wide variety of well-designed courses and programmes.

Beyond the curriculum, international students studying at a certain level are entitled to work part-time during the semester and up to 40 hours per week during term breaks.

ENZ’s regional director for South, South East Asia & Middle East John Laxon said Malaysia is one of its key markets in the region with a history of co-operation between the two countries.

“It is encouraging to see more Malaysian students choosing to study in New Zealand. Malaysian students and parents recognise that New Zealand not only offers a world-class education experience, but also global industry connections that truly future-proof students’ careers.

“From its innovative teaching approaches to internationally recognised qualifications, students can expect a bright future and career after graduating from a New Zealand institution,” he added.

New Zealand has been recognised as having the world’s best education system by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2017 Educating for the Future Index. It ranked New Zealand as the best education system overall, earning full marks for the curriculum framework for future skills, collaboration between education providers and industry, and cultural diversity and tolerance, among other measures.

Students and parents interested in education opportunities in New Zealand are invited to visit the ENZ Fair on Aug 4 from 11am to 5pm at One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya. For more information, e-mail or visit

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