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New Zealand set to expand its education footprints in India

New Zealand study visa is going to be easier for Indian students in coming days. Although India is the second largest contributor of international students in New Zealand but still it has decided to attract more Indian students.

As reported in ‘India Today’ January, 2014 New Zealand is going to expand its education footprints in India. For this purpose it will establish a new education promotion and market development department. The department will function from the New Zealand Consulate General in Mumbai.

"The New Zealand Consulate General in Mumbai currently has consular, trade, investment, tourism and visa functions. I welcome the addition of an education advisor to facilitating the development of business and the wider relationship between India and New Zealand," says Gavin Young, New Zealand Consul General.

More than 11,000 students from India are currently pursuing their higher education in New Zealand. The Mumbai expansion comes on the back of increased activity in India in the last six months, including a new brand launch and a 10 per cent rise in student visas clearances last year. "We know that Indian students are looking for high quality, affordable education with good career pathways. New Zealand is perhaps one of the few countries in the world, if not the only one, which has all of its universities in the Top 500 globally," says Education New Zealand's (ENZ) Regional Director South Asia, Ziena Jalil.

In addition to the promotion of New Zealand as a study destination, ENZ is also seeking to showcase the strengths of New Zealand education institutions as training providers and knowledge partners in India. A series of fairs, school visits, digital campaigns and road shows are some of the activities that ENZ will be undertaking over the 2014 year. The Mumbai education section will work alongside ENZ's New Delhi-based team.

According to immigration New Zealand Area Manager at Mumbai, Nathanael Mackay, "New Zealand government has announced changes to our work rights programme which will allow more international students to work while they study, enabling them to gain valuable business experience".

Reference: India Today, January 2014