- A total of 3,643 Filipino students studied in New Zealand in 2015
- This makes the Philippines its fifth largest source market for its education sector
- Most of the Filipino students in New Zealand in 2015 took health-related studies, management and commerce, and society and culture
- Last year’s official count was 1,648 more than the total number in 2014
According to the Education New Zealand (ENZ), there were total of 3,643 Filipino students who studied in New Zealand last year making the Philippines its fifth largest source market for its education sector.
Ben Burrowes, ENZ regional communications and strategic relations manager in Southeast Asia, said that last year’s official count was 1,648 more than the total number in 2014, an article written by Rie Takumi on GMa News Online disclosed.
“We believe that bolstering our education ties with the Philippines will be essential to cultivate an international student experience among Filipinos, and will in years to come, contribute greatly to strengthening cultural and business links between the two countries,” Burrowes was quoted saying.
The ENZ official noted that most of the Filipino students in New Zealand in 2015 took health-related studies, management and commerce, and society and culture.
Furthermore, Burrowes urged more Filipinos to take chance as he encouraged more students to study in New Zealand further stating that in addition to having international experience and a degree, students there also developed a wide range of soft skills such as “inter-cultural communication, openness to new challenges, and decision-making skills.”
As such, he stressed that aside from being considered for post-graduate scholarships for certain courses, Filipinos are also qualified to apply for the Pathway Student Visa program, which allows students to “undertake up to three consecutive programs of study with selected education providers on a single visa, which is valid for up to five years.”
The New Zealand government, he noted, earmarked a new funding worth USD$592 million for “various regional development initiatives, with much of it flowing into the university sector.”
“New Zealand further aims to improve its global competitiveness and attractiveness among its markets, including the Philippines, especially with the Government’s fresh funding for its education sector,” Burrowes said as he added that such investments give their students greater access to world-class researchers and facilities.