Professional teaching staff, high grade facilities and rich natural resources, New Zealand has become a hot favourite with students looking for a safe study environment as well as outdoor lifestyle.
The New Zealand education system is divided into six realms.
New Zealand boasts of eight world-class public universities that offer graduate and postgraduate degrees and the courses are teaching as well as research based. Five of these universities were listed in the ranking of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2013/2014.
Institutes of Technology & Polytechnics
New Zealand has no less than 22 Polytechnics or Institutes of Technology and the courses are on the whole vocational as also skills-based, that includes certificate, bachelor degree and postgraduate levels.
Private educational institutions
Apart from the public universities, a large number of private providers offer alternative study options. These institutions provide professional degrees, diplomas and certificates in a plethora of subjects that includes the arts, computer studies, hospitality, eco-tourism and quality management among others. Around 800 such institutions are registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. About 25 percent of these are Mãori owned and operated.
New Zealand is internationally approved for the outstanding education standards as also for giving training to excellent teachers. Six such government funded institutions specialize in teacher training and two of them function within universities and remaining four provides programs in association with local universities. They impart effective training for teachers through early childhood, basic, secondary, special as well as tertiary levels.
English language training sector
There are several privately owned English language schools that provide a wide variety of courses including business, adventure, as well as academic programs. Adventure courses offer balanced mix of English language tuition as also encouraging activities of students’ choice. Courses are also therefore business purposes and to assist students in the preparation of IELTS testing.
Wãnanga means Mãori providers of tertiary education as well as advanced studies in Mãori custom and tradition, conducted mostly in Mãori language.
The website Study in New Zealand will give you further information on the New Zealand educational system.