FROM July 1 this year, international students studying in New Zealand will benefit from stronger rules aimed at making sure they get the care and support they need.
New Zealand’s Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students sets standards both inside and outside the classroom that education providers who enrol international students must follow, and outlines the services that students can expect from their chosen study provider.
The new code will further strengthen the care of international students in the country and ensure New Zealand remains a world leader in the care of international students.
Education New Zealand (ENZ) general manager international Peter Bull welcomed the introduction of the new code of practice.
“This is welcome news for both international students already studying in New Zealand and for prospective students thinking about furthering their education journey here. Not only does it set the standards of care that education providers need to provide but this new
code also highlights the importance that New Zealand places on international students having a positive study experience,” he said.
A new disputes resolution scheme will also come into effect on July 1, which will provide a faster and more effective forum for resolving any contract and financial disagreements between students and providers.
The number of international students choosing to study in New Zealand continues to grow.
Each year more than 110,000 international students study in New Zealand, including more than 1,450 students from Malaysia.
Studies show international students in New Zealand have a very positive experience.
Satisfaction rates of students surveyed by the International Student Barometer (ISB) in 2014 and 2015 ranged from 88 per cent and 94 per cent as being satisfied or very satisfied with their overall experience at their New Zealand institution.
New Zealand offers a high-quality learning experience, great lifestyle opportunities
and qualifications that provide skills for the future.
“We’re pleased students and their parents from Malaysia who choose New Zealand as an education destination can be confident that their well-being is a top priority,” Bull added.
For more information on the new code, go to the New Zealand Ministry of Education website www.education.govt.nz.
For the announcement of the new code by New Zealand Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment
Steven Joyce go to www.beehive.govt.nz.
ENZ is New Zealand’s government agency for international education.
It works to grow awareness of New Zealand as a study destination and to support New Zealand education providers and businesses to take their services and products abroad.
For education options in New Zealand go to www.studyinnewzealand.com.