International student scheme gets $465k funding boost

International students mix freely at Auckland Uni's city campus. Photo / Greg Bowker
International students mix freely at Auckland Uni's city campus. Photo / Greg Bowker

Schemes to encourage international students to enroll in New Zealand universities have been given a $465,000 funding boost today.

The Government will fund 12 new growth initiatives in the international higher education sector, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce said.

The successful recipients of the second round of the International Education Growth Fund (IEGF) grants include Massey University, which is developing a new joint degree programme in China, and a group of Auckland schools working together to pilot a recruitment programme in several South American countries.

"New Zealand's future prosperity depends on our ability to successfully export our products and services internationally, and that includes the delivery of New Zealand education offshore, as well as recruiting more students to study here," Mr Joyce said.

"International education is an important part of our economy and we're committed to doubling the value of the industry to New Zealand to $5 billion by 2025."

Applications for round three of the IEGF open in March.

Education providers and business can apply for matched funding up to $50,000 but must invest a minimum of $10,000 themselves.

- APNZ

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