Studying overseas is a big step and we know that you have many choices and lots of important decisions to make. There are some things changing in New Zealand’s vocational education system and we want to make sure you understand what they mean for you.
Every year, over 100,000 international students choose New Zealand as their preferred place for study. Many study at one of the 16 high-quality Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) we have available. The New Zealand Government has proposed a few changes that would see all ITPs come together as one institution with a proposed title of the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology. This institution would have campuses spread around New Zealand.
Why are the changes being proposed?
The changes are designed to allow New Zealand’s education system to keep growing in line with the changing needs of students, employers and local communities. As jobs, and the skills needed for them evolve, our education system has to keep changing to ensure it remains successful, sustainable and relevant to students like you.
The proposed changes would allow you to study with an even greater level of confidence that your qualifications are being delivered consistently and to an industry-approved high standard.
What’s not changing?
One key thing that isn’t changing is New Zealand’s commitment to delivering high-quality qualifications, and an excellent experience for all students who choose to study here. New Zealand will continue to be a welcoming place for international students to study, live and work.
What could this mean for you?
These proposed changes are designed to keep lifting the standard of study available to you in New Zealand. If the changes proceed, it is possible that if you enrol in ITP courses in 2019 or 2020 you could have your qualification awarded by the proposed New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology rather than the institution you’ve enrolled with.
What should you do now?
Go on, enrol at any of New Zealand’s ITPs with confidence, knowing that our education and immigration systems will continue to support you with your study – whatever form our ITPs take.
Want more information?
Final decisions about the changes to ITPs are expected in mid-2019. We’ll then be able to tell you more about what’s happening and what it means for you. In the meantime, if you want to know more – and want to share your views about the proposed changes, please visit Reform of Vocational Education.