Chinese Scholars Return to NZ

The numbers of Chinese students studying in New Zealand is increasing:

Education New Zealand chief executive Robert Stevens said the export education industry was worth almost $2.5 billion to the New Zealand economy last year, and was expected to climb by more than $250 million this year alone… Education NZ was aiming for an “ambitious” 10 per cent growth in the money generated by overseas students this year. The figure was closely tied to incoming student numbers and would be the highest growth since the early nineties.

Mr Stevens said New Zealand had been aggressively marketing itself in China. A $2m government funding boost for Education NZ in last year’s Budget had almost doubled the agency’s marketing spend.

New Zealand’s other export education markets had been growing for years, but Chinese student numbers plummeted after the 2002-03 financial year…China remained New Zealand’s dominant export education market. There were 20,579 Chinese students in New Zealand in 2008, with 17,189 from South Korea and 10,676 from Japan.

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