Take advantage of world-class education in New Zealand
By Jude Toyat
New Zealand prides itself on its strong educational sector that provides quality, well-rounded education from pre-school to doctorate level.
Qualifications from schools in New Zealand are recognised around the world and are designed to produce smart, capable, well-functioning members of society with the skills and knowledge to make a positive contribution to the community.
“Our innovative approach to learning – and esteemed qualifications – are highly valued by the world’s business and community leaders,” said Education New Zealand (ENZ) marketing and strategic relations manager Jane Goh, who also stressed that the country’s education system encourages inventive thinking and teaching techniques that reach far beyond traditional learning.
Over the last year, New Zealand has seen an increase in the number of Malaysian students going over to study.
“There was a 23 per cent increase in the number of first-time student visas approved year to-date in June 2016.
“In particular, we saw an increase in the number of student visas approved for Malaysian students for the universities and Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) sectors,” said Goh when met at the New Zealand Education Fair on July 30.
The education fair, co-organised with Raven New Zealand Education Service (Ravenzes) kicked off at the Hilton Hotel Kuching from 12pm to 5pm.
“New Zealand is an exciting place to learn and today we’re excited to have alumni to share first-hand their experiences studying in New Zealand and how our education system has helped shaped their career pathways today,” Goh added.
A total of 107 students and teachers from schools in Kuching met with representatives from several higher learning institutions, high school and polytechnics in New Zealand such as Riccarton High School, UC International College (UCIC), University of Canterbury, Lincoln University, The Ara Institute of Canterbury, University of Otago, The University of Auckland, University of Waikato, New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) and Academic Colleges Group (ACG).
During the fair, Dr David Warren from University of Otago held a lecture on chemistry as a science subject and its relevance today to teach students how best to study chemistry in and excel in it. After the lecture, the participants were given a chemistry quiz contest and the chance to win prizes.
Besides Dr Warren, Victoria McEniery from University of Otago, Goh (Education New Zealand), Ian Roy (The University of Auckland), Emma White (UC International College/University Canterbury), and Annie Goh (Lincoln University) also delivered talks.
The topics discussed were ‘The University of Otago stands for academic excellence and an outstanding student experience’, ‘Study in New Zealand’, ‘The University of Auckland and its programmes’, ‘Challenges of a Modern Engineer’, and ‘Global Challenges Scholarship Programme at Lincoln University’.
Focus on early childhood education
For NZTC international marketing officer Rania Alani, the education fair helped in building on existing relationships and establishing new connections.
“We have a few students from Malaysia studying in the college and they are really smart. It has always been our priority to have these kinds of students and that is why I come to Malaysia every year to have the opportunity to meet them through collaboration with various education agents here,” said Rania, whose institution specialises in early childhood teacher education.
“I am always excited to share the opportunities that a career in early childhood education in New Zealand offers and why NZTC’s internationally-recognised qualifications are the best option for prospective students passionate about teaching young children,” she added.
Rania will be visiting Kuching and Petaling Jaya and is looking forward to meeting with educational partners and prospective students from July 29 to August 10.
The education fair will continue July 31 at Imperial Palace Hotel from 1pm to 5pm, before proceeding to ParkCity Everly Hotel Bintulu on Aug 1 and RH Hotel Sibu on Aug 2. The fair in Bintulu and Sibu will take place from 2pm to 6pm.
For more information about the fair, lecture and seminar contact Raven Education Services at 082-347910 or 019-8568901. Alternatively, send an email to [email protected] or visit www.facebook.com/raveneducation.