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New Zealand looking to boost student numbers from Japan, S. Korea


New Zealand looking to boost student numbers from Japan, S. Korea

A New Zealand government delegation will travel to Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) next week in a bid to bolster the number of international students studying in New Zealand.

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce would meet with education leaders and speak to high school students, including Japanese students coming to New Zealand on recently-established scholarships, and would open an education fair in the ROK.

"With its strong reputation for delivering high-quality education, New Zealand has built a rich education history with both Japan and South Korea and there is plenty of scope for further strengthening our cooperation in this key area," Joyce said in a statement Friday.

"In addition to our strong education links, we regard both countries as strategic partners in science and innovation. I'm looking forward to discussing the opportunities for New Zealand to collaborate further on research and scientific exchange initiatives that will deliver benefits for all."

The next New Zealand-Japan Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation would be held in Wellington later this month.

"New Zealand's trade linkages and bilateral relationships with Japan and Korea are extremely important for our economic development. I will be looking to build on these relationships during my visit."

Overseas tertiary students in New Zealand are paying more for their education while their overall numbers decline, according to New Zealand government figures released last month.

Overall international student numbers were down 3 percent, driven by a 10-percent fall in private training establishments, in the first four months this year, according to a report on the country's international education sector.

However, tertiary education institutions saw international fees rise by 25 million NZ dollars (19.78 million US dollars) to hit 404 million NZ dollars in the year to the end of June. 2012