New Zealand - The New Education Destination

New Zealand has emerged as the hot new destination for studying overseas, and now Colombo's students have the opportunity to find out why. Education New Zealand will host the New Zealand Education Fair in Colombo, on Sunday 30 August at the Hilton Residences. The event will showcase New Zealand's educational opportunities, and the high standards of tertiary education available at premier institutions in New Zealand.

Nine New Zealand institutes will be participating, including three Universities, five Institutes of Technology & Polytechnics and one Private Training Establishment. Mr Robert Stevens, CEO of Education New Zealand, says "Overseas students are particularly impressed by the personal attention received at New Zealand institutions. Their access to tutors and lecturers goes far beyond their expectations;" adding that, "For a small country, New Zealand offers a surprisingly wide range of subjects and courses in tertiary education.

We have twenty Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) that focus on practical, skills-oriented training in areas like hospitality & tourism, design, computers, nursing, fashion and many others. Graduates of these programmes make an easy transition into the working world with the skills they acquire during their education."

New Zealand is also home to eight prestigious universities, all of which are research based and government owned. New Zealand's unique natural resources make it a popular place to study subjects like geology, marine biology, agriculture and biotechnology.

The universities also have particular areas of excellence such as sciences, engineering, business and law. Robert Stevens says that overseas PhD students, in particular, enjoy tremendous advantages when following courses in New Zealand, "New Zealand is an excellent choice for PhD studies because international students at doctorate level pay the same tuition fees as New Zealand students studying locally.

So this saves thousands of dollars over similar courses offered in other countries." Studying in New Zealand is an enriching experience that transcends the value of the education received, explained Robert Stevens, "You can enjoy life in one of the most spectacular and scenic countries in the world. New Zealand is a fascinating place with friendly and welcoming people.

Yet," he adds, "adjusting to a new country takes time, so students shouldn't expect it to be easy right away. They should take advantage of the excellent student support services offered by New Zealand institutions, which can help with important things like finding somewhere to live, opening a bank account, visiting a doctor etc."

If you are unable to attend the New Zealand Education Fair in person, you can find out more about studying in New Zealand by visiting the New Zealand Educated portal website

Education New Zealand is a non-profit trust committed to the export of New Zealand's education services offshore, and is governed by the New Zealand export education industry.
The New Zealand institutions attending the New Zealand Education Fair in Colombo are:

Institution Name Website

  • CPIT:
  • Eastern Institute of Technology:
  • Lincoln University:
  • Massey University:
  • New Zealand Management Academies:
  • Otago Polytechnic:
  • Unitec NZ:
  • University of Canterbury:
  • Weltec:
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