New Zealand strengthens education ties with India through academic conclave

August 26, 2019

Researchers, professors and experts from leading Indian and New Zealand universities met in Mumbai on August 20 for a ground-breaking academic conclave to enhance the impact of universities in driving global innovation.

The conclave builds on a 51 percent increase in the number of Indian students choosing to study in New Zealand universities through to June 2019, and New Zealand’s ranking as the best English-speaking education system in preparing students for the future by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

John Laxon, Education New Zealand’s regional director, Asia said this conclave reiterates New Zealand’s commitment to institutional partnerships in the Indian market.

“New Zealand has research strengths that complement India’s growth industries and global skills demands, including in areas such as robotics, design, filmmaking, gaming and animation, agri-business, health sciences, entrepreneurship, tourism and early childhood education.

The academic conclave strengthens the education systems of India and New Zealand, by fostering academic connections and sharing how New Zealand universities have topped a series of global impact rankings. New Zealand is the only country in the world to have all its universities ranked in the top 3 percent of the world’s universities (as per QS Rankings 2018).”


Dignitaries attending a panel discussion at the New Zealand – India Academic Conclave.

The academic conclave headlines a series of academic mobility initiatives across India including a ‘Guest Lecture Series’ from August 14 through 26 featuring 42 lectures by 14 New Zealand academics across major Indian Institutes of Technology and universities in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Punjab, Bangalore, Kochi, Jaipur and Kolkata.

“We are delighted that Indian students are future-proofing their careers by choosing to study in New Zealand, particularly given the recent introduction of a 3-year open post-study work visa for Bachelor’s, Masters and PhD Degree international students. This week’s academic conclave and guest lecture series are one of many initiatives New Zealand is undertaking to build education relationships with India, and we look forward to welcoming more quality Indian students to our world-class universities and institutes,” said Laxon.

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