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New Zealand offers three-year open post-study work visa

Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018

Deputy CM, Delhi, Manish Sisodia called upon New Zealand’s academia to assist Delhi government in improving quality of its educational institutions, reports Rajlakshmi Ghosh

Of the 2.5 lakh students who pass out from Delhi’s schools in grade XII, around 1.5 lakh students go for professional education, drop in between or opt for international education, said Manish Sisodia, Delhi’s Education Minister.

Addressing the New Zealand-India Academic Conclave, the minister called for the need to work through international collaborations to help Delhi’s institutions attain better standards of education. “We want Delhi government to help universities (under its purview) to flourish and attain global standards,” he said. The minister highlighted the need for guidance from international academia and from people who understand the dynamics of the higher education system.

It is one thing to send our children across the globe for international education, but we also need to work collaboratively where we create an ambience to learn from each other and grow with more and better universities and colleges, Sisodia said.

MHRD minister Prakash Javadekar, in a video message, stressed at making quality education expansion, which is looking towards increasing student mobility through ‘Study in India’ programme. He asked the academia to provide a future roadmap for India’s education policies.

According to Joanna Kempkers, New Zealand High Commissioner, India, “The conclave is aimed at strengthening the educational foundations of the two countries. Around 14 visiting academicians from New Zealand’s universities would be delivering 44 lectures across 21 universities in India to advance people-to-people relationships.” She pointed at 15% rise in Indian students choosing to study in New Zealand universities in 2018.

Speaking on the side lines of the conclave, John Laxon, Education New Zealand regional director, South, South East Asia and Middle East said, “New Zealand has launched a 3-year open work visa for international students for degree level 7 (bachelor’s degree) or above qualifications. The changes in New Zealand’s immigration settings also involve the removal of employer-assisted post-study work visas at all levels; and to provide one-year post study open work visa for students studying Level 4 to 6 and non-degree Level 7 qualifications (implying certificate programmes and diplomas).” He further added, students studying Level 8 qualifications in an area on New Zealand’s long-term skills shortage list may bring their partner (eligible for an open work visa) and dependent children (eligible for fee-free domestic schooling).

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