International Education Strategy released

A new strategy seeks to grow Taranaki’s international education sector, more than doubling the value that it injects into the region.

The Taranaki International Education Strategy, developed by a partnership between Venture Taranaki and nine regional education providers with funding support from Education New Zealand, was launched by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Hon Steven Joyce at the Pacific Hotel Management School on 23 February.

The strategy seeks to grow the value of international education to the Taranaki region form its current $9 million annually to $19 million by 2025, growing the number of international students who base themselves in the region each year from around 450 to 750 over the next decade.

The strategy focuses on growing links with international student agents, ensuring that students have a positive experience of the region, building pathways from study into employment and building links with the community. Specific actions include:

  • Introducing agents to the region via agent tours, Website, telling students, agents and families about the study Taranaki Experience.
  • Developing a student welcome and regional education pack
  • Gathering data on students and their experience
  • Building relationships with the community through promoting homestays and case studies about the student experience.
“Taranaki has a great product to offer international students," says Study Taranaki Coordinator Rachael Berndt.

"We have fantastic schools and tertiary providers and the lifestyle opportunities are amazing. Our students love being able to enjoy activities such visiting the beach and the mountain, and friendly locals ensure that student’s English really improves. The strategy will really help us spread the word about studying in the region.”

Read the strategy here