Kudos to New Zealand, for these figures indicate that New Zealand is becoming more internationally recognised for its quality of education. This hike in international enrolments can only mean good things for the economy, but is that all there is to it?
The largest driving force behind this growth are students from India who have increased by a significant 45% (9013 students) between 2014 and 2015. With Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics and Private Training Establishments taking in the majority share of this
increase and over 30% of visas being declined due to concerns surrounding sufficient funds and genuine intention, it is a fair concern these students are using study as a means of entry or as a stepping stone to permanent residency. Should this be a concern for migration? Are private institutions prioritising profits too high above ‘quality control’?
Source: ICEF Monitor