Researchers and professors from leading New Zealand and Indian universities recently met in Mumbai to reinforce the destination of education for Indians students in New Zealand through a groundbreaking academic conclave. The conclave empowers an institutional partnership with New Zealand and to enhance its impact on the Indian education sector. Last week, an event was organized from October 5 to 9, marked as New Zealand- India education week, incorporating master classes by academia from New Zealand universities, open house with Indian alumni, and a showcase of New Zealand’s Mauri culture.
India and New Zealand had a long-term growing relationship since1800, and it is so because of India’s strong economy and a large population. Both the countries actively participate in East Asia and Summit and the Asian regional forum. The New Zealand- India research institute is a consortium of scholars actively engaged in research on India in New Zealand universities.
Aim of the Conclave
The conclave aims to redefine education in times of crisis (in this pandemic era) through the India-New Zealand partnership, reiterating Indian students to make New Zealand a preferred destination for their education. John Laxon, Education New Zealand’s Regional Director said, “We are delighted that Indian students are choosing to study in New Zealand, particularly given the recent introduction of a 3-years open post-study work visa for bachelors, masters and Ph-d Degree to international students. This week’s academic conclave and guest lecture series are one of the many initiatives New Zealand is undertaking to build education relationships with India, and we look forward to welcoming more quality Indian students to our world-class universities and institutions”. It is observed that there was a continuous flow of Indian students migrating to New Zealand for education in the recent few years. In 2019, a rise of 37% of Indian students is studying at the universities of New Zealand. Due to their strong industry-oriented curriculum and campus, friendly universities triggered the rise of Indian students facilitating higher education in New Zealand among the three other countries like Japan, China, and Korea. Active online engagement has occurred between the two countries despite all the destruction of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Optimum Utilization of the Digital Platform
“New Zealand is the only country in the world to have all its universities ranked in the top 3% of the world’s universities as per QS ranking 2018”. The Covid19 pandemic has created a large disruption over education worldwide. As per the survey, New Zealand is witnessing a significant change in the education system which requires digital learning style, providing technology in education that can connect students remotely in the future. However, to stimulate the crisis, an innovative approach is taken within the education sector through digital learning.
The Policy Times View on this
- After the pandemic hit, their first attempt is to engage students through digital learning, an effort to strengthen the relationship with India.
- New-Zealand sees India as a long-term partner, accepting the challenges coming in the future and also planning more Ph-d programs with Indian universities.
- An attempt to bring experts and academia together in the education and business landscape.
- Both the countries actively participate in East Asia and Summit and the Asian Regional Forum.