The number of foreign students studying in New Zealand has risen for the first time in six years, making a turnaround for the countries international student population. Figure released by Education New Zealand shows 93,500 foreign students studied in the country last year, compared to 88,470 in the previous year.
Education New Zealand chief executive Robert Stevens commented that people tended to stay in education longer or enter tertiary education from the labour market in tough economic times, plus the organisation’s target group, those in the high-income bracket, were still able to afford to study overseas, he said.
Education providers have also carried more intense marketing and promotion in countries such as China, India, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, North America, Brazil and Germany over the previous 12 months which is also a major factor in the increased numbers.
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