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New Zealand eyes offering more scholarships to Vietnamese students

New Zealand eyes offering more scholarships to Vietnamese students

Thursday, June 13, 2024, 11:49 GMT+7
New Zealand eyes offering more scholarships to Vietnamese students
International students in New Zealand. Photo: Education Gazette

New Zealand plans to increase its scholarships for Vietnamese students for the 2024-25 academic year, according to Ben Burrowes, Asia regional director of Education New Zealand (ENZ).

ENZ is New Zealand’s government agency in charge of promoting the country’s education internationally.

Burrowes said in a recent interview with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that diversifying the sources of international students is one of the main goals of New Zealand’s international education in the 2024-25 academic year.

China and India are currently the largest source countries of international students in New Zealand.

Therefore, New Zealand is seeking to expand its target markets in Southeast Asia, especially international students hailing from Vietnam.

In the lead-up to the 2024-25 academic year, New Zealand will map out strategies to help promote its educational system in Vietnam, including increasing the number of scholarships it offers to Vietnamese students.

The island country will also maintain the New Zealand Schools Scholarships (NZSS) program specifically designed for Vietnamese students from grade eight to grade 10, Burrowes added.

Ben Burrowes, Asia regional director at Education New Zealand, at a meeting with the press in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Ben Burrowes, Asia regional director at Education New Zealand, at a meeting with the press in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre

This year, 14 Vietnamese students with outstanding academic performance were shortlisted for receiving scholarships from the NZSS initiative.

These NZSS recipients will begin studying at high-quality secondary schools in New Zealand in July 2024 or January 2025.

According to ENZ, the NZSS program was launched in 2019 by ENZ and New Zealand schools, providing a 50-percent subsidy for selected Vietnamese middle and high school students currently in grades 8 through ten.

Scott James, Trade Commissioner and Consul General of New Zealand in Vietnam, said the granting of government scholarships from New Zealand is expected to strengthen cooperation ties between the two countries based on their mutual respect and understanding.

James expressed his hope that the scholarship winners will make the most of their time in New Zealand to study, experience, and enhance personal development, as well as make active contributions to their classes and the local community.

The consul general added that Vietnam remains a crucial partner of New Zealand in the next fiscal year and in the years to come.

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Hong Ngan - Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre News

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