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Education New Zealand launches Excellence Awards for Indian students

May 1, 2019

Education New Zealand – New Zealand’s government agency for international education – recently announced the first ever New Zealand Excellence Awards undergraduate scholarships package for Indian students. The prestigious awards feature 18 scholarships to study at any one of the New Zealand’s universities, with funding of Rs 84 lakh available towards academic study costs.

The awards build on a very successful postgraduate New Zealand Excellence Awards scheme which has so far supported 100 Indian students to pursue their education and career dreams in New Zealand.

Indian families are increasingly choosing a New Zealand education as the best option for future-proofing their children’s career paths.  There was a 17 percent increase in Indian students enrolling at New Zealand universities in 2018, and a further 43 percent increase in first-time student visas in 2019.

New Zealand’s ability to prepare students for the future of work has been recognised by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Educating for the Future Index, which in March ranked New Zealand as the best English-speaking education system in the world for the second year running. The EIU Index ranks 35 countries in terms of their ability to prepare students to respond to the rapidly changing demands of work and life.

In New Zealand students are encouraged to think for themselves in an environment where inquisitiveness, curiosity and independent thinking are rewarded. The New Zealand government recently introduced an open three-year post-study work visa for students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate study. New Zealand universities offer internships and graduate advisory support services for international students.

Comments John Laxon, regional director – India, South East Asia and Middle East, “We have seen a 17 percent increase in the numbers of Indian students choosing New Zealand universities, and now with a wider scholarship package we are excited to extend the opportunity for undergraduate students to experience a world-class New Zealand education. All our universities are ranked in the top 3 percent of universities in the world, offering globally recognised qualifications and career opportunities.”

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Education New Zealand (ENZ) aims at spreading awareness of New Zealand as a study destination and to support New Zealand education providers and businesses to take their services and products abroad.

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