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Malaysia Turns To New Zealand's Education Sector To Develop Adventure Tourism


SINGAPORE, March 9 (Bernama) -- Malaysian scholarship students will receive on-the-job training with New Zealand adventure tourism operators, as part of a new education partnership between Malaysia and New Zealand to develop the island of Langkawi into Malaysia's adventure tourism centre.

In a statement, Education New Zealand (ENZ) said: "Malaysia turned south to New Zealand and its global reputation for adventure tourism to build Malaysia's adventure tourism workforce."

In a significant step for the tourism industry, it said Malaysian college, Kolej Yaysan Saad (KYS) had partnered with Queenstown Resort College (QRC), based in New Zealand's infamous adventure tourism capital to offer QRC's adventure tourism management diploma for Malaysian students.

ENZ is New Zealand's government agency for international education. It works to grow awareness of New Zealand as a study destination and to support New Zealand education providers and businesses to take their services and products abroad.

The first 22 students to undertake the 21-month course are recipients of scholarships from the Malaysian Government while a large part of their education will involve a nine-month internship with adventure tourism operators in Queenstown, New Zealand.

They started the diploma in early January after undertaking a six-month English Language course, as all courses will initially be delivered in English by QRC staff.

Charlie Phillips, Queenstown Resort College chief executive said he was highly impressed during his dealings with KYS.

"After our initial meetings, the common intent was pretty firm and we looked to establish our programme in Malaysia."

He said the key outcome for the students was to go and work in the industry or be entrepreneurs and set up their own adventure tourism businesses.

Following its expansion into Malaysia, Phillips said QRC would look to duplicate its KYS partnership in other markets, specifically targeting Japan and China.

By Tengku Noor Shamsiah Tengku Abdullah March 9th 2012