The number of Filipinos studying in New Zealand has been rapidly growing, increasing by 71 percent in 2015 than in 2014.
According to Education New Zealand (ENZ), there are 2,964 Filipinos — out of over 110,000 international students — who studied in New Zealand in 2015, which is 71 percent higher than the 1,734 in 2014.
Thus, the ENZ has seen the Philippines as an emerging education market.
As a whole, it said studies show that international students in New Zealand have a highly positive experience, with satisfaction rates of students surveyed by the International Student Barometer ranging from 88 percent to 94 percent in 2014 to 2015.
With this, the ENZ has come up with a way to further strengthen and improve New Zealand education and care to international students, including the Filipino students.
ENZ General Manager Peter Bull said in a statement that there is a new code of practice developed by ENZ to help and support not only Filipinos but also other international students in New Zealand.
The new code is expected to take effect on July 1.
In order to sustain the growth of Filipino students, Bull said New Zealand is pursuing an environment that provides both high quality education and a positive, well-supported experience for its learners.
“[The new code] is welcome news for both international students already studying in New Zealand and for prospective students thinking about furthering their education journey here. Not only does it set the standards of care that education providers need to provide but this new code also highlights the importance that New Zealand places on international students having a positive study experience,” he added.
New Zealand was among the first countries to adopt a Code of Practice in 2002.
The new Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students of New Zealand provides a framework to deliver better education service to international students from New Zealand educational institutions.
Kristyn Nika M. Lazo