Manawatu's push to attract international students has been given a boost, with one tertiary institution making ties in China.
Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce this week announced funding for schemes encouraging overseas students to enrol in New Zealand universities. Twelve international higher education initiatives will be given a helping hand through the International Education Growth Fund, including Massey University, which is developing a new joint degree programme in China.
Nearly $1 million has been set aside, with half being put up by the Government and half to be matched by institutions, for the programmes.
Among the programmes is Massey's 3+1 Articulation Agreement into a Bachelor of Information Sciences with Hebei University of Technology in Tianjin, China, which encourages Chinese computer science students to study in the city. It has been in the works since 2008.
The aim is to increase the number of graduates in information, communication and technology and open the door for Chinese students to carry on with postgraduate studies in New Zealand.
Massey University assistant vice-chancellor Stuart Morriss said the funds acknowledged the university's efforts with international students.
"This will enable Massey academics to work in China with prospective students before they come to New Zealand, and also enhance the students' English skills [to help them] complete their degree."
Te Wananga o Aotearoa Group, which has a campus in Palmerston North, was given $16,850 for a business development initiative in Indonesia.
The grant announcement is good news for Palmerston North, which is in the throes of creating an international student-focused campaign, Palmerston North City Council head of strategy and policy Neil Miller said.
City leaders, educational institutions and schools have been working together to find the best way to entice international students to Palmerston North.
There are plans to launch the Manawatu Regional Roadway this month, which is a strategic plan looking at the city's partnerships, marketing, and capabilities, as well as appointing a dedicated person to drive international student schemes.
Students will study a four-year Bachelor of Information Science at Hebei University of Technology (HEBUT) in China, spending their final year of study at Massey University. Over the first three years of their degree Massey lecturers will teach a range of degree-specific papers at HEBUT in English. Students will then complete their final year in New Zealand and will graduate with a Massey University degree.
- Manawatu Standard
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