NZ Universities Target Indonesian Students reports Protocol Education
Jan 16, 2013
Programs designed to lure Indonesian students to universities in full swing
( EMAILWIRE.COM , January 16, 2013 ) Wellington, New Zealand -- While New Zealand is a most beautiful country, the island in the southwestern Pacific Ocean has a lot to offer those who want to experience the country for long-term stays, such as students. New Zealand is a very, very safe country, said Frances Little, director of the Auckland University of Technology International Student Center. Violence is not common. Our police dont carry guns.
The fact that New Zealand is such a peaceful and orderly state helps make it a truly idea destination for the pursuit of higher education. The investment in university education is very significant, said AUT pro vice-chancellor international Prof. Nigel Hemmington. And students want to be sure that theyre paying for an education that will be top class. They can be confident of doing that in New Zealand.
New Zealand had eight brick-and-mortar universities, with each being managed by the state. Seven of the eight are within New Zealand itself, including AUT, are in the top 500 university rankings in the world with the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings in 2012. AUT is currently the second largest in the country. It boasts two large campuses within the city, as well as world-class facilities that hold more than 26,000 domestic and international students. There are 15 study areas within the university. There is an art design area, business section, and engineering center, along with health sciences center and hospitality and tourism sectors for tourism students. The school provides bachelor's and master's programs. There are currently four thousand at AUT that originate from outside the country, and many are from Asia. However, there are but 39 students from Indonesia at the university. The investment in university education is very significant, said AUT pro vice-chancellor international Prof. Nigel Hemmington. And students want to be sure that theyre paying for an education that will be top class. They can be confident of doing that in New Zealand.
AUT is now hoping to lure more Indonesian students to study at the university. AUT has been working in Indonesia for over 15 years now, Hemmington said. We have a very good relationship with universities in Indonesia and have shown our commitment to Indonesia as our partner country.
AUT has over the last 15 years conducted collaborative programs with Universities of Airlangga in Surabaya, East Java, and Paramandia and the University of Indonesia in Jakarta. For instance, with Binus University AUT created a 2+2 program which allows for more access to Indonesian students. In the program, Indonesian students can study at Binus for the first two years of their study and then come to AUT for the final two years, Hemmington said. AUT recently signed a Letter of Intent with the Indonesian Directorate General of Higher Education in order to sponsor Indonesian lecturers attempting to obtain their PhD degrees, to do so at AUT on full scholarships. Another program in Kidti will fund tuition fees, as well as living costs, for three years of schooling for PhD students. AUT itself will cover the them during their fourth year. Were looking to expand the number of PhD students coming to New Zealand, who will then come back to Indonesia and work in their universities here, said Little. About Protocol Education:
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