Leadership Statement for International Education

Doubling the economic value of international education to New Zealand is at the heart of the Government’s strategy for the sector. The Leadership Statement for International Education sets bold aspirations for the growth.

The statement includes targets to:

  • develop and sustain mutually beneficial education relationships with key partner countries as a leading part of New Zealand Inc strategies in Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas
  • increase annual revenues from providing education services offshore to at least $0.5 billion
  • increase the number of international students enrolled in New Zealand providers offshore, from 3,000 to 10,000
  • double the number of international postgraduate students (particularly in programmes in addition to those at PhD level) from 10,000 to 20,000
  • increase the transition rate from study to residence for international university students
  • increase New Zealanders’ skills and knowledge to operate effectively across cultures.

International Education Strategy

A draft International Education Strategy, which will replace the Leadership Statement, has been co-developed by the Ministry of Education and Education New Zealand. The draft Strategy looks toward a thriving and globally connected New Zealand through world-class international education. It shifts the focus from a primarily economic one to one that seeks to maximise the social, cultural and economic benefits of international education.

The draft Strategy was open for public consultation from 2 June to 22 June 2018.

Read the draft Strategy

Go to the Education New Zealand website (external link)  (external link)

Consultation has now closed and the feedback received has been valuable in finalising the Strategy. A final Strategy will be launched by the Minister of Education in August 2018.  

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