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Advancing international education

[pre-Covid-19]

New Zealand universities are some of the most internationalised in the world, with all New Zealand universities ranked in the top 3% worldwide.1

Approximately 34,000 international students are enrolled in NZ university programmes – 95% at Bachelor’s degree level or higher (43% in postgraduate qualifications).2 New Zealand universities are committed to offering high-quality provision to high-calibre international students. This approach is paying off – 92% of international university students choose to study in NZ because of the strong reputation of our universities.3

International education generates at least $1,025 million per year for New Zealand and New Zealand universities’ earnings from export education represent 1.2 percent of all New Zealand’s exports of goods and services.4

New Zealand universities are committed to advancing international education in a variety of ways, including internationalisation of the curriculum, the student experience, and collaboration and cooperation in research and teaching. New Zealand universities have a large number of global connections with universities, international research organisations, and other associations to drive international research collaboration, academic staff exchange, as well as student mobility programmes for both incoming and outgoing students.

Some key facts

  • All New Zealand universities are ranked amongst the world’s best by QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings.1,5
  • Our universities rank in the world’s top 100 in 40 out of a possible 47 subjects.1
  • 92% of international university students choose to study in NZ because of the strong reputation of our universities.3
  • 34,000 international students (19% of all university students), similar to the proportion in universities in countries like Australia and the UK.6
  • International education generates at least $1.25 billion per year for New Zealand. New Zealand universities’ earnings from export education represent 1.2 percent of all New Zealand’s exports of goods and services.4
  • Citizenship of international students enrolled in NZ universities (Top 10 countries): China – 46%; India – 9%, USA – 8%; Malaysia – 4%; Vietnam – 3%; Saudi Arabia – 1%; Korea (Republic of) – 2%; Japan – 1%; Germany – 1%.7
  • NZ universities attract high-calibre international students: 15% are studying at PhD level. Overall, around 43% are enrolled in postgraduate qualifications.2
  • About 39% of all international PhD students stay in employment in NZ in the first-year post graduation – most in Health and Engineering and related technologies.8
  • Research suggests that more than half of early career academics (within the first seven years of their first permanent academic appointment) in NZ universities were born overseas.9

 

Want to know more?

[1] QS World University Rankings, 2014-2021

[2] Education Counts, Tertiary Statistics. Provider based enrolments. 2019 data (updated  June 2020).

[3] 2017 International Barometer Survey: University sector summary report. Available from www.enz.govt.nz

[4] NZIER draft report to Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara, 2020. “Economic impact of universities: Updated contribution to growth”.

[5] Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2020

[6] Education at a Glance 2019, Indicator: Share of international or foreign students. OECD Statistics

[7] Education Counts, Tertiary Statistics. Provider based enrolments, “International students by sub-sector and region of citizenship ”. 2019 data

[8] Education Counts, Tertiary Statistics. Beyond the Study, “International tertiary graduate destinations”. Updated December 2017

[9] Sutherland, K et al, 2013. “Success in Academia? The experiences of early career academics in New Zealand universities”. Ako Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence/Victoria University of Wellington

Links to more resources

Education New Zealand

International @ The University of Auckland

International @ Auckland University of Technology

International @ University of Waikato

International @ Massey University

International @ Victoria University of Wellington

International @ University of Canterbury

International @ Lincoln University

International @ University of Otago