The international student population in New Zealand fell following the global financial crisis and the Christchurch earthquake of 2012, according to the country's government officials, but the recovery has been positive. The Shanghai Daily reports that in an Education Snapshot annual report, the international student sector began increasing in the second half of 2013. Tertiary Education, Skills, and Employment Minister Steven Joyce saw reason to be encouraged.
"Last year, New Zealand providers taught more international postgraduate students, with numbers up 11% on 2012, and more international students studied at New Zealand's secondary schools and universities, which experienced growth of 2% and 4% respectively," Joyce said in a statement."In addition, full-year revenue from international students' fees in 2013 was up by NZ$9.5 million($8.2 million) on 2012 to NZ$755 million."
The number of international students in New Zealand schools was up from May to December 2013 by 4% from the same period in 2012. Student visa numbers were continuing to grow in the first part of 2014.
The largest number of international students in New Zealand come to the country from China. Chinese students make up 27% of international students; India 13%; South Korea 8%. As a result of the earthquake in 2012, 185 people died in the CTV building.
- 64 Asian students
- 17 students from mainland China
- 28 from Japan
- 10 from the Philippines
- 6 from Thailand
- 2 from the Republic of Korea
- 1 from China's Taiwan
"There were two key factors that impacted on the overall student numbers in New Zealand's international education industry: the loss of almost 1,450 Korean students contributing to 80% of the total decline in students and the PTE sector experiencing a loss of 2,705 students".
"There are other challenges. We are a small country compared to those we compete against, who have huge budgets. We're distant too. But New Zealanders have been dealing with these issues in relation to our exporting, tourism and relations with other countries for our entire history. So New Zealanders have long had the attitude that we have to be smarter to compete; and that comes back to offering a whole experience to students. We don't sit around complaining about those hurdles; we deal with them together.'