New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

New Zealand education sector identifies Indonesia as a top ten priority country

Indonesian education agents with NZ Minister of Education at a training event organised by Education New Zealand in Jakarta

"The New Zealand education sector is delighted to recognise Indonesia as a priority country for at least the next five years," New Zealand Minister of Education Hon Anne Tolley said on 14 July in Jakarta after attending a training event for Indonesian education agents organised and conducted by Education New Zealand.

"Indonesia is now one of New Zealand ’s top ten priority countries for promoting education sector links. This reflects Indonesia ’s rapid development and growing demand for education services abroad."

"New Zealand offers world class education, in a safe and friendly environment and at a reasonable cost. We want to welcome more Indonesian students to New Zealand in the years ahead. Our education institutions are excited about the opportunity to build stronger connections with young Indonesians and with the tertiary sector in this country."

"Some very impressive Indonesians have studied in New Zealand to date, ranging from government officials, to geothermal engineers to actors. We see building ties with Indonesian students as a way to strengthen people-to-people links between our countries and to build awareness and understanding between our peoples."

"Only 497 Indonesian students studied in New Zealand in 2010. There is a tremendous opportunity for New Zealand to welcome more Indonesian students."

This is the first time Education New Zealand has held a training event in Indonesia . Indonesian agents who participated in the event learnt about New Zealand as a study destination. The training covered all aspects of New Zealand ’s education system, including the benefits of studying in New Zealand such as our world class universities, reasonable cost of living compared to other English-speaking countries, as well as student visa policies and life and culture in New Zealand in general.

The New Zealand Government also recently announced the establishment of a new government agency for International Education which will be up and running later this year. This agency, focused solely on international education, will combine representation and promotion efforts that are currently undertaken by three agencies – the Ministry of Education, Education New Zealand Trust and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Hon Anne Tolley visited Jakarta on 14 July prior to attending the East Asia Summit Education Ministers Meeting in Bali from 17 to 18 July. In Jakarta she also met with the Indonesian Minister of National Education, Prof Dr Mohammad Nuh. The ministers signed an Arrangement on Education Cooperation to increase government cooperation on education between the two countries. Minister Tolley will also visit Jogjakarta on 15 July to sign a new cooperation arrangement between New Zealand and Universitas Gadjah Mada.

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