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Agency Context

Education NZ leads the development of New Zealand’s international education industry. Education NZcommenced operations on 1 September 2011. It combines the previous international education activities of several government agencies and the Education New Zealand Trust, a non-government organisation.

Education NZ is a Crown entity (Crown Agent) monitored by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Ministry of Education. It is governed by a Board appointed by the Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. Special Advisors to the Boardare the Chief Executives of the Ministry of Education and of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Deputy Chief Executive Science, Skills and Innovation, MBIE and the Deputy Chief Executive Immigration NZ, MBIE.

International education is New Zealand’s fifth largest export, estimated to contribute $3 billion to the economy in 2015 with 110,000 international students studying with New Zealand education providers in 2014. The Leadership Statement for International Education sets out three goals for Education NZ and the sector:

  • New Zealand’s education services, delivered in New Zealand, are highly sought after by international students
  • New Zealand’s education services in other countries are highly sought after by students, education providers, businesses and Governments overseas
  • New Zealand makes the best possible use of its international education expertise to build skills in the New Zealand work force, to grow research capability and to foster wider economic connections between New Zealand and overseas firms.

Growing the international education industry contributes to the Government’s BGA goal to increase exports as a percentage of gross domestic product to 40% by 2025. In line with this economy-wide objective, an ambitious target was set to grow the value of New Zealand’s international education industry to $5 billion a year by 2025. In addition to attracting international students to New Zealand, Education NZ is working with the industry to develop the export and offshore delivery of New Zealand education programmes and services.

In promoting New Zealand offshore, Education NZ works closely with other New Zealand Inc. agencies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Immigration New Zealand (part of MBIE), Tourism New Zealand, and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. It works with other New Zealand education agencies such as the Ministry of Education, which leads international education policy work, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, which works to promote and achieve the international portability of New Zealand qualifications and monitors provider quality; and the Tertiary Education Commission which funds and monitors New Zealand’s tertiary education providers.

Education NZ is funded through Vote Tertiary Education (Non-departmental Output Expenses). Budgeted funding for the 2015/16 year is $30.92 million comprising International education programmes - $30.12 million and International student scholarship scheme - $800,000.

At 30 September 2015 Education NZ employed 88 staff including contractors. They are based in New Zealand and at 18 overseas locations.

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