New Zealand Embassy Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

New Zealand universities make landmark visit to Kuwait

All eight New Zealand Universities visited Kuwait recently to deepen education cooperation between the two countries.

"This was a highly successful landmark visit which showcased the excellence of the New Zealand", said Mr Tony Davies, the New Zealand Cultural Attache to Kuwait

Mr Davies said, "New Zealand’s education system has world-class facilities, resources and teaching staff. New Zealand qualifications are valued and transferable throughout the world. New Zealand consistently ranks very highly in a number of international surveys and in the latest OECD Programme for International Student Assessment PISA studies, New Zealand’s 15 year olds ranked second in literacy and third in the world in numeracy skills.

During the visit, the Universities met with the Ministry of Higher Education, PAAET, Kuwait and the Kuwait Cultural Attache to New Zealand to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

Mr Davies added &ldquo New Zealand’s universities perform very highly on a global level. Many feature in international university rankings such as the Times Higher Education Supplement Top 500 and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Top 500.

All 8 New Zealand Universities, which are owned and funded by the Government which are all research based offer graduate, postgraduate and PhD programmes across a very wide range of subjects and disciplines

New Zealand warmly welcomes international students. In 2010 approximately 100,000 international students chose to study in New Zealand. The excellent education standards, high quality of life and the safe learning environment, make New Zealand an ideal choice for students seeking an education that provides them with an excellent qualification for their future”, said Mr Davies.

The New Zealand Government ensures that international students are well-informed, safe and properly cared for. The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students sets out standards for the welfare of students. All education providers who have students enrolled on international student permits must meet the standards.

The New Zealand Embassy which is based in Riyadh is very keen to encourage the development of the education relationship between Kuwait and New Zealand. Mr Davies said that “New Zealand hopes to sign a Memorandum of Cooperation which will formalise the education cooperation between the two countries later this year.

Mr Davies also praised the excellent support that New Zealand has received from Dr Ammar, the Kuwait Cultural Attache to New Zealand whose presence has significantly improved the education relationship between New Zealand and Kuwait. For further information Please contact:
Tony Davies, Cultural Attache
Phone: +966556367841 

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