The global expat Kiwi community is set to grow bigger because of the new partnership which is in the pipeline and is targeted towards inviting more international students.
Education New Zealand (ENZ) has teamed up with Kea, to welcome international students as well as New Zealand educated alumni into the Kea community.
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This partnership is aimed at creating an education version of Kea’s World Class New Zealand network.
The Kea community usually connects members with one another as well as with New Zealand so that the country can benefit from the connections, influence and expertise of those Kiwis who have settled abroad. This network helps people and businesses to build international connections which can be beneficial.
According to Kea chief executive Craig Donaldson, the network would enable students to stay connected long after they are gone and this will also be a good platform to communicate with present and past alumni.
According to Hannah Lee-Darboe, ENZ general Manager, Marketing, the international network will allow New Zealand to showcase the benefits associated with studying here to a global audience who are interested in this country. She further stated that former international students have been champions of New Zealand and have helped to spread the word about New Zealand. The connections made as students are life long and they further translate into good business and investment opportunities as well as creative and research ideas. Kea, which is a global community can help to spread ideas and success stories.
In Hannah Lee-Darboe’s view, the alumni are a great source for spreading the word about New Zealand and its education and how international education is extremely valuable in for long-term global connections.
In New Zealand, international education and associated education services export is the 5th largest export earner and it generated $2.85 million from 100,000 international students in 2014. The government in New Zealand is aiming to increase the value of the sector to nearly $5 billion by 2025.
Kea also runs the World Class New Zealand (WCNZ) which includes a group of 400 globally influential individuals from New Zealand who wish to grow New Zealand’s businesses internationally. Group members share their success stories with prospective students, parents, teachers and education institutes, promoting New Zealand education.
Currently, Kea and ENZ are seeking for nominations of high profile international alumni who have studied in New Zealand but are residing in South East Asia in order to become a part of WCNZ which constitutes famous Kiwis such as Mark D’Arcy, global director of creative solutions at Facebook and Amanda Allen, London based jewelry designer, whose work has appeared in Harper Bazaar and Vogue. Thus ENZ is helping Kea search for people to add to its network.
This partnership can prove to be extremely beneficial for the education sector in New Zealand as it will attract more international students to the country. The partnership will showcase how good the education is in New Zealand and how studying here will help students to build connection which will be long lasting and also lucrative.
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