In an effort to stabilise New Zealand’s international education sector, the government has allocated NZ$51.6 million as part of a long-term strategic recovery plan. The current travel restrictions in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic have significantly impacted both international education providers and foreign students.
Being one of the most popular countries for students from across the globe, the step was taken to protect foreign students from COVID-19. Of the $51.6m, $20m and an extra $6.6m have been earmarked to support schools and provide pastoral care to international students who are in the country.
A unified digital platform will also be created by October or December 2021 that will help education providers deliver programs to offshore students. Education New Zealand will also introduce offshore pathways to let students study from their home country to complete their degrees. The government will spend $500k to develop a quality assurance process in order to ensure a better quality of foreign education.
Not only will the new funding help deal with the unexpected loss of revenue, but it will also contribute towards putting together various government policies such as an international hardship fund, wage subsidies, etc. It will further be used to give rise to an international education system that is mutually good for education providers and students coming from other countries.
Keeping the global impact of COVID-19 in mind, the government has asked providers not to admit more international students for the rest of the year and also stated that the country’s borders will be opened only when the situation comes back to normal. According to the Universities New Zealand chief executive Chris Whelan, universities are hoping to admit tens of thousands of students for the first semester in 2021 through quarantine centres run by various universities,
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