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Education in New Zealand

New Zealand Higher Education - An Attractive Option for Singaporean Students

Ever since the Colombo Plan Scholarships New Zealand has become an increasingly favourable study destination for Singaporeans.

New Zealand has eight state-funded universities offering degree programmes in academic and professional studies. There are also 23 "polytechnic" institutes providing training in academic and vocational studies. Many polytechnics now offer undergraduate degrees as well. All qualifications available in New Zealand are overseen by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority that ensures transparency and consistency amongst the courses offered by each institution.

All institutions offer a full range of general and specialist study programmes, and their quality is well recognised internationally. New Zealand graduates often go on to post-graduate study at the world's most prestigious universities or to work in professional careers in Australia, North America, Europe and Singapore.

Former New Zealand university students from countries around Asia and the Pacific have gone on to become senior officials, ministers, and even Prime Ministers in their home countries, as well as being successful in the private sector.

New Zealand's small population, clean environment and relaxed, comfortable lifestyle makes it an excellent country to live in and study. As a long-established democracy, New Zealand offers a safe and stable political environment.

Overseas students enjoy a great lifestyle with living costs relatively low compared with other affluent countries. New Zealanders are welcoming towards visitors, and many ethnic communities live in New Zealand.

Students can enjoy exciting and challenging outdoor pursuits like skiing, hiking, climbing, rafting and water sports. All are within easy reach and inexpensive by world standards.

New Zealand education breeds fresh thinkers where students are encouraged to explore and come up with alternative solutions. This makes learning more enjoyable and meaningful.

University education in New Zealand is organised similar to the British rather than the American system. Virtually all the universities offer degrees in arts, science and commerce subjects, as well as specialising in certain fields.

For example, University of Auckland students can study architecture, planning, engineering, medicine, optometry and fine arts. The University of Otago in Dunedin specialises in health sciences, as well as offering computer studies and an MBA programme. Massey University provides courses in aviation, agriculture, horticulture, technology and veterinary science.

All universities offer Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees, and they carry out research into a huge range of subjects. Students must be fluent in English to succeed at a New Zealand University, and there are many English language courses available at public and private institutions.

New Zealand polytechnics and Institutes of Technology provide education and training up to degree level in literally hundreds of different subjects. Broad subject-areas include agriculture, art and design, building and construction, business, engineering, fishing and marine studies, forestry, science and technology, and tourism and hospitality.

For many years, New Zealand polytechnics have provided specialist training for overseas students, especially from South-East Asia, North Asia, Africa and the Pacific. This training has usually been funded through aid programmes in the past, though in recent years there has been strong growth in enrolment from full fee-paying students.

Polytechnics work closely with industries and employers to ensure their programmes are of a high standard and relevant to the requirements of the modern global workforce. All polytechnics have good facilities, pleasant surroundings and good student support arrangements. Most have their own English language centres offering language programmes and support for studies.

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