2011 Student Numbers and Support for Christchurch
Highlights of the latest 2011 trend in international student numbers
The latest trend in international student numbers (Export Education Levy data for 2011) has been released by the Ministry of Education.
The data shows that the industry is in good shape to double the economic contribution of international education to New Zealand to $5 billion by 2025.
For 2011, international student numbers increased by 6% throughout most regions in New Zealand and income from tuition revenues rose by 3.3%.
In addition, there was an increase in student numbers from some of our key regions including China, India and Saudi Arabia.
Although there was a drop in Canterbury of 37%, numbers were stable overall with only a minor decrease of 0.5%.
Support for the international education sector in Christchurch
Today the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce spoke to the international education sector in Christchurch about the support that the Government is providing to help sustainable growth in the region.
Support includes $5 million in funding over the next four years.
Education New Zealand has been working closely with the international education sector to develop a plan for Christchurch.
The plan – which is for sustainable, long term growth – includes a mix of initiatives that address some of the short, medium and longer term issues, and provides support directed to each part of the sector.
The initial package for the first $1 million of support has already started. This includes:
- $170k to build a greater Christchurch/Canterbury-wide international marketing plan that all providers can use in key international markets, and which can be built on over time as Christchurch changes
- $510k for 2012 sales and growth initiatives, such as subsidised travel grants, to increase the flow of students to Christchurch, re-develop capability and confidence of hosting international students, and get positive messages back into offshore markets
- $155k to help maintain a presence in Christchurch’s top five offshore markets starting with an education mission focused on Japan
- $165k to support and develop industry capability to help grow enrolments over the next three years. This package includes events and marketing support for staff, membership incentives to drive collaboration, combined campus development and a marketing mentoring pilot involving 10 schools in greater Christchurch – which started this week
More information and links
Read the media release on the Export Education Levy 2011 data from Minister Joyce HERE.
Read the media release from Minister Joyce on support for Christchurch HERE.
The latest international education enrolment data can be found HERE.
Key comparisons of international student numbers from 2010 to 2011 include:
- A stable base overall with a 0.5% decline in international student numbers for 2011 (98,930 for 2011 as opposed to 99,446 for 2010)
- Decline in Canterbury region by 37%, but with enrolments in regions other than Canterbury rising by 6%
- Total income from international tuition fees increased by 3.3% from 2010 to 2011, reaching $732 million
- New Zealand’s main source of international students is from China – enrolments for this group increased by 8.5% in 2011.
Enrolments for India and Saudi Arabia increased in 2011 by 6.4% and 4% respectively
- Enrolments for South Korea were down in 2011 by 18.8%, mainly in the school sector.
From 2010 to 2011 enrolments decreased by 2.1% in schools, 1.4% in private training establishments, 1.8% in universities, but increased in polytechnics by 1.2%.