Education has always been a dynamic field especially when it comes to studying abroad. The recent development in this field is that the favourite hub of higher studies for Indian students is New Zealand. Gone are the days when UK and USA used to be their favourite spots.
New Zealand has started receiving many students from across the world for higher studies. And Indian students alone form 23% of these foreign students. So what led to the change in the interest of Indian students? UK has tightened its visa norms for foreigners and universities in the US have introduced rigid rules and regulations with regard to foreign students.
The above stated reasons made UK and USA face decline in the number of their foreign students. Whereas, New Zealand gained more number of foreign students. According to a DNA report, UK witnessed a massive decline in the number of Indian students; the number reduced from 38, 500 in 2009-10 to 19, 700 in 2013-14. On the other hand, New Zealand witnessed the rise from 11, 791 in 2010 to 29, 235 in 2015.
Let us look at the key points that led to the shift in Indian students' interest:
- New Zealand provides quality education and it has liberal approach towards foreign students
- "Additionally, New Zealand offers work rights during the course of study as well as post-study for students who meet certain criteria, which attracts students," says McPherson, Chief Executive, Education New Zealand.
- UK is not providing post-study-visa to Indian students
- Ranks matter - University of Auckland in New Zealand is listed among the Top 100 universities in the world. There are many private educational institutions also that are open to admitting international students.
Right now, New Zealand's education industry is worth $3 billion due to increased number of international students and the government of New Zealand has plans to expand it up to $5 billion in the next ten years.
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