New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

New Zealand Seeks to Attract Indonesian Students to its Universities, Colleges

New Zealand Education Fair, Jakarta, 25 February 2012

Below is the press statement that was released ahead of New Zealand Education Fair which took place in Jakarta on Saturday 25 February 2012.

Jakarta, INDONESIA: Ahead of a major New Zealand education fair in Jakarta on Saturday 25 February, 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, secure and friendly”.


Indonesian students have been travelling overseas to pursue undergraduate and advanced degrees at universities all over the world for years now. Numerous universities around the world can boast of Indonesians among their ranks of alumni.

Ambassador Taylor noted that prominent Indonesians who have studied in New Zealand include the President’s Foreign Affairs Advisor, Dr Teuku Faizasyah; Indonesian Ambassador to Thailand HE Mr Lutfi Rauf; Police Brigadier General Tito Karnavian; film actor Ario Bayu; and musician Jonas Julio.

Now it looks like New Zealand could become a favoured destination for Indonesians looking to study overseas. At the New Zealand Education Fair, which takes place in Jakarta this weekend, potential undergraduate and post-graduate students will hear about the unique advantages of living and studying in the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’.

The New Zealand Education Fair takes place against a backdrop of increased cooperation between the Indonesian and New Zealand governments in the field of education. Earlier this month, 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.

The New Zealand Government has also recently increased its contribution to Indonesia’s goal of achieving greater numbers of postgraduate qualifications among its people, with the number of development scholarships offered to Indonesians by New Zealand having more than trebled last year from 15 to 50 places.

In 2010, the total number of full time students from Indonesia in New Zealand stood at just under 500, but Education New Zealand (ENZ), the government body charged with promoting New Zealand education overseas, sees this number increasing in the coming years. 13 universities and technical colleges will be represented at this weekend’s Education Fair.

Nearly 100,000 international students live and study in New Zealand every year. Figures from ENZ show that the top three countries, in terms of sending students to the country, are China (21,258 students from China studied in New Zealand in 2010), South Korea (15,282) and India (11,597).

“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 increase in the number of NZ-ASEAN scholarships and the recent education officials’ meeting show just how seriously we take this relationship”, said Mr. Taylor.

Stijn Te Strake, Senior Adviser, ENZ, said: “Indonesia is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, not just in South East Asia, while New Zealand has one of the most dynamic and innovative education sectors in the region. There is a natural fit, in many ways, in terms of what New Zealand can offer from an educational perspective and Indonesians who are looking to advance their academic qualifications”.

In addition to the Education Fair, during this week ENZ, with the support of Jakarta-based consultancy, Indonesian Education Partnerships, carried out a road show among a number of schools in Jakarta and Bandung to promote study opportunities in New Zealand.

“We feel that studying in New Zealand offers both potential students and their families some significant advantages. It’s a relatively safe environment for people to live and study, so parents of students have less cause for concern, while New Zealand qualifications are widely recognised throughout the world,” said Mr. Te Strake.

For more information on studying in New Zealand for international students, visit New Zealand Educated.

• New Zealand has a higher percentage of universities included in the Times Higher Education Supplement Top 500, with six out of the country’s eight universities ranked within the best 400 in the world, and in the Shanghai Jaio Tong Top 500 listings than any other country.
• Several leading New Zealand universities are fostering relations with centres of learning in Indonesia. For example, Victoria University, of Wellington (VUW), Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and Massey University are building strong linkages in Indonesia for the exchange of knowledge and expertise with their counterparts.
• The New Zealand-ASEAN Scholars awards are for Masters or PhD study in New Zealand. These scholarships are open to Indonesian candidates from the public, private and civil society sectors who are committed to making a contribution to Indonesia’s strategic or developmental needs. Applications are now open for study commencing in 2013.

About Education New Zealand:
Education New Zealand was established on 1 September 2011 and is a New Zealand Government agency. Its purpose is to lead and support the growth of New Zealand’s international education industry and increase the economic, cultural and social benefits of international education for New Zealand as a whole. ENZ’s role involves taking a position of leadership and influence in the New Zealand international education sector and giving effect to the New Zealand Government’s international education policies through a range of marketing, promotions and representational functions. As part of this, ENZ is tasked with building on the already close Government to Government and institution to institution relationships that exist between New Zealand and many parts of the world - such as Indonesia.

About New Zealand-ASEAN Scholars Awards:
The New Zealand-ASEAN Scholars Awards seek to make a substantial contribution to ASEAN’s development by providing opportunities for postgraduate study (i.e. Postgraduate Diploma, Master’s degree and doctorate/PhD) in New Zealand. The New Zealand-ASEAN Scholars Awards (NZ-AS) are part of the New Zealand Government’s official development assistance to the ASEAN region. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, through the New Zealand Aid Programme, delivers this scholarships scheme. Under the NZ-AS scheme, up to 170 scholarships are available to candidates from ASEAN countries. From this total of 170, up to 50 scholarships per year are available for Indonesian candidates. Applications are open now for study commencing in the 2013 academic year. To find out more, go to: New Zealand Embassy Website

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