The country offers a wide choice for students for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies, from the off beat wine tasting to the popular environmental science. The higher education sector has got a further boost with the collaborative research being done in diverse areas in the centers of excellence located across universities.
New Zealand is known for its safe, clean and green environment and offers both, freedom of learning and the opportunity to find your own identity its cities offer a diverse and multicultural experience. Besides, there are other draws such as a growing animation industry the provision of applying for a graduate job search visa and work permit, permanent residency and so on.
New Zealand combines the best traditions and quality of the UK education system with affordable tuition and living costs. It provides a supportive and friendly environment for study in a peaceful and tolerant country. Indian students are often pleasantly surprised by the personal attention they receive from academic and support staff.
The indigenous Maori named the country Aotearoa or the land of the long white cloud. They represent the largest minority with most of New Zealand’s population being of European descent. The other significant minority groups are Asians and non Maori Polynesians.
So, what is the USP of the New Zealand higher education system? New Zealand is an interesting place to study the balance and conflicts between preserving pristine natural environments with the use of land and water for farming and fishing. It also has a diverse landscape and coastline and attracts students who are interested in animal, environmental and marine sciences and the effects of climate change. In recent years, the country has become noted for high value technology and engineering, information technologies, biomedical science research, food and nutrition, and small business management.
New Zealand is known for its focus on environment conservation. For example, Canterbury has a major in natural resources engineering and endorsements in bio-security and in environmental science in its Bachelor’s of Science program. There are other attractions as well. They also have expertise in computing and computer interfacing and Christchurch houses 70% of New Zealand’s software development industry.
Studying in New Zealand gives students access to recreational and tourism opportunities that would not be possible in other countries leading to personal growth and development. Because we are on the coast and yet close to the mountains, one of the local legends is that on weekends it is possible to go swimming or surfing in the morning and skiing in the afternoon.
As of June this year, there were over 7,000 Indian students in New Zealand. The majority of applications from India were for postgraduate study. But over the years, we have seen an increase in undergraduate numbers, especially from North India. Similarly while students from North India usually apply for a wide range of programs, those from South India usually stick to engineering and technology. Most students’ applications are made for universities situated in commercial centers such as Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Hamilton. In fact, nearly two thirds of the Indian students going to New Zealand are in Auckland
Otago has 72 students from India enrolled as international students at present. The majority of students are in post graduates programs, particularly PhDs in the medical and physical sciences. Others are enrolled in Masters’ programs in physio-theraphy, biomedical science business and computer and information sciences.
Besides being New Zealand’s oldest university it is also the “top ranked university for research quality with a tradition for research informed teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels’.
Canterbury, on the other and, has 40 Indians enrolled currently with the large majority pursuing post graduates programs. Postgraduates study at the university is challenging and correspondingly rewarding. Especially worth nothing is the fact that international PhD students pay the same fees as domestic students, is around NZ $4,500 ($ 3,200)
It is a great opportunity both in terms of quality and environment. The environment here is very different than that in big industrial cities in the UK. He also adds that on account of heavy investments by the New Zealand government over the years, universities have more places in most undergraduate programs than they have students. Canterbury is the only university in New Zealand where one can major in astronomy, it also has its own observatory in the South island high country.
But a more notable fact is that the top two denomination bank notes in the country feature portraits of Canterbury graduates – one of them Sir Earnest Rutherford, the first man to split the atom.
If you enjoy watching films, chances are you’ve already seen New Zealand. Known for its scenic landscape, biodiversity and environment consciousness, this island country in the south western Pacific Ocean has played host to numerous film crews – including the Lord of the Rings, Tourism in the country has been further boosted by its cities consistently ranking among the most live able in the world and with English being the most commonly spoken language. And all these factors coupled with the fact that its universities now feature in various global rankings has led to an increase in interest from international students as well.