New Zealand growing in 2015

04 June, 2015

New Zealand’s international education sector is continuing to grow in the early part of 2015, according to the latest student visa data and first trimester statistics from the English language sector.

Total first time student visas approved quarterly 2009-2015 in New Zealand, source - Education New Zealand, Student Visa Dashboard First Quarter 2015

The 2015 first quarter student visa dashboard release shows the strongest Q1 performance since 2009, according to Education New Zealand (EdNZ), with a six per cent increase in total student visas and a 16 per cent rise in first-time student visas, compared with the same period last year.

The 2015 Q1 first-time student visa (FSV) growth was experienced by all international education sectors: visas issued for the university sector increased by eight per cent; the private training establishment (PTE) sector rose by 13 per cent; the institutes of technology and polytechnic (ITP) segment grew by 56 per cent; and the secondary and primary school sectors both rose by one per cent.

The early-year student visa data indicates New Zealand is building on the previously reported signs of growth recorded in 2014.  

China, the largest source country for New Zealand, recorded 13 per cent growth in FSV. This was largely fuelled by an increase in the PTE sector, with university sector visas slightly down compared with the previous year.

FSVs issued to Indian students in Q1 increased by 16 per cent, and there was also notable growth from Indonesia (15 per cent), Japan (11 per cent), the USA (43 per cent), Colombia (89 per cent) the Philippines (56 per cent) and Nepal (43 per cent).

In contrast, there was a large first quarter FSV decline from Saudi Arabia (34 per cent), as well as single-figure decreases from Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand.

Meanwhile, 2015 first trimester (January-to-April) enrolment data from the English language sector, revealed to StudyTravel Magazine by language school association English New Zealand (ENZ), shows a 14 per cent jump in student numbers and student weeks, and a 13 per cent rise in tuition income, compared with the same period last year.

Darren Conway, Chairman of ENZ and CEO of Languages International, said that the association’s member schools experienced higher rates of growth at 16 per cent (students), 22 per cent (student weeks) and 17 per cent (tuition income). He added that ENZ schools now accounted for 80 per cent of the market.

Conway said Brazil, Colombia and Japan were the main growth markets for the sector in early 2015, with increases from the two Latin American countries driven by the enhanced work rights that New Zealand introduced at the end of 2013.

Thailand was the only major market to decline for the English language sector, but as previously reported, Thai enrolments in 2014 were inflated by a one-off re-alignment of the school timetable that created longer holiday periods. 

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