New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

Media release: New Zealand Education Fairs in Medan, Jakarta and Surabaya across March 2013

New Zealand Embassy media release ahead of New Zealand Education Fairs in Medan, Jakarta and Surabaya

Jakarta, INDONESIA - March 7th 2013: Ahead of a major series of New Zealand education fairs in Jakarta on Sunday 17 March, Medan on 16 March and Surabaya on 20 March, H.E. David Taylor, Ambassador of New Zealand to Indonesia, said: “Our message is simple: New Zealand offers world class educational facilities at reasonable cost, high-quality qualifications that are recognised and transferable, and in an environment that is safe, fun and friendly”.

Indonesian students have been pursuing study at universities all over the world for many years now and New Zealand is becoming an increasingly popular destination for Indonesians.  At the New Zealand Education Fairs, which take place next week in Jakarta, Medan and Surabaya, potential students and their families will be able to meet with representatives of around 25 universities, polytechnics and other educational institutions to hear about the unique advantages of living and studying in New Zealand.  “New Zealand has the highest proportion of any country in the world of our universities ranked in the world top 500,” Mr Taylor said.

The New Zealand Education Fairs take place against a backdrop of increased education cooperation between Indonesia and New Zealand.  The New Zealand government offers 50 postgraduate scholarships per year for Indonesians to study in New Zealand.  In February 2012, Indonesia’s Deputy Minister of Education, Musliar Kasim, visited New Zealand for the first ever meeting of the New Zealand-Indonesia Education Joint Working Group where the two governments exchanged best practice on education policy.  A large education delegation accompanied the New Zealand Prime Minister during his visit to Indonesia in April 2012.  This was followed by a visit to Indonesia by New Zealand’s Minister of Tertiary Education Hon Steven Joyce in July 2012.  The second Education Joint Working Group will take place in Indonesia in August 2013.  Education New Zealand is now establishing its first full-time education manager position in Jakarta to raise awareness in Indonesia of study opportunities in New Zealand.

New Zealand’s education institutions are actively developing new relationships in Indonesia.  In the past year, four of New Zealand’s eight universities have finalised agreements with Indonesia’s Directorate of Higher Education (DIKTI) to support hosting more PhD candidates from Indonesian universities.  New Zealand universities have partnerships with a growing number of Indonesian universities for joint degrees, joint research, and pathways for Indonesian students to study in New Zealand.  All eight New Zealand universities have visited Indonesia in the past year, including the Vice Chancellors (Rektors) of four of those, and around 15 new agreements were signed in 2012 alone.

An exciting opportunity for Indonesians is the New Zealand Government’s policy of only charging domestic fees for PhD study by foreign students at all New Zealand universities.  In addition, families of PhD students also receive strong support benefits, including low domestic fees for the schooling of their children, and work rights for their spouse.  This enables increased access and affordability for Indonesians to the highest levels of quality international education across diverse study fields including engineering, biomedicine, geothermal energy, agriculture, business, and other New Zealand research strength areas which are relevant to Indonesia’s growing economy and human resource development needs.

“The Governments of Indonesia and New Zealand both recognise how important education is to the development of our countries. Initiatives like this week’s Education Fair, the scholarships we offer for Indonesians, high level visits, and the bilateral Education Joint Working Group show just how seriously we take this relationship”, said Mr. Taylor.  “We are committed to building even stronger two-way ties in the period ahead.”
                                                      
In addition to the Education Fairs next week, Education New Zealand will be conducting a road show among a number of schools and universities in Jakarta and Surabaya to increase awareness and access to study opportunities in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Education Fairs will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Jakarta on Sunday March 17th 2013 from 1.00pm to 6.00pm, in the JW Marriott in Medan on Saturday, March 16th from 11.00am to 4.00pm, and in the JW Marriott in Surabaya on Wednesday, March 20th from 2.00pm to 7.00pm.  To find out more and pre-register (with the chance to win an iPad Mini) please visit nzeducated.com/idfair or facebook.com/NZeducationID.

ENDS

Notes:

  • New Zealand has the highest percentage of any country in the world of its universities included in the top global rankings.  Seven out of the country’s eight universities are in the QS world top 500, six are in the Times Higher Education Supplement’s top 400, and five are in the Shanghai Jaio Tong top 500.
  • The New Zealand government offers 50 New Zealand-ASEAN Scholars awards per year for Indonesians to undertake Masters or PhD study in New Zealand.  These scholarships are open to candidates from the public, private and civil society sectors that are committed to making a contribution to Indonesia’s strategic or developmental needs. The total was increased in 2011 from 15 to 50 scholarships per year. The application deadline is 22 April 2013 for study commencing in 2014.

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