ISANA NZ, the International Education Association of New Zealand has launched a new micro-course in response to the challenges faced by overseas students who are either studying or wish to study in New Zealand during the COVID 19 situation.
The new micro-course has a six-week duration and it will be offered to the staff involved in the international education programmes in the country. Those who take the course will learn skills and strategies to support international students who are still in New Zealand and also new students who are planning to enter the country.
The course will commence from September 28. Staff involved in international education programmes at schools or tertiary education institutions, regional education managers and anyone in education-related public services or students service can join the course.
According to ISANA NZ, the new course will help international students get support on time and it will add momentum for the development of education sector credentials. Chris Beard, the executive director of ISANA NZ said that specialist skill is highly needed at the time of COVID 19 situation for effective management of international students in the country. He further said that there is a need for change in the professionalisation for recovery of the education sector.
Sabrina Alhady, the national president of the New Zealand International Students Association said that the new course will provide crucial training to support international students and will ensure well- being of international students in the country.
New Zealand had 60,348 students with valid visas in the mid of March. It has fallen to 47, 807 by the first week of August.