Universities in New Zealand need to change strategies to attract Indian students
Universities in New Zealand are confident about smooth progress in Indian student enrolments. Universities missed enrolling Indians during the past and are now working jointly to create attention for additional Indian students.
In 2017 universities had 1250 Indian students, which was similar to their strength in 2010 even though numbers have changed from that date.
Polytechnics received 7475 students from India in 2016. 2015 was very special as 2695 Indian students joined in.
Chris Whelan, Director Universities, New Zealand, stated that the universities had overlooked Indian enrolments because as lack of powerful profile. The focus of the Indian students has been to do courses of one-year that help them to attain PR Status.
Attempts should be made so that New Zealand should be known as a destination to seek excellent education and people must know about all the qualifications available here. The universities had decided to work jointly to promote their cause in India. They can seek enrolments from next year. They intend to talk to the agents who deal with youths about fine places to study, and to the schools from where the students graduate. There has to be a growth in the general awareness of education system of the country among Indians.
Mr.Whelan also said universities are likely to face trouble with visa fraud of students and also from low-quality students. There must be a stress on maintaining top standards. There are no other issues because students come to a degree course running for years and meet required entry standards.
Edwin Paul, the spokesperson for the India Trade Alliance, said that the universities would never attract the type of students who caused concern for Immigration New Zealand.
The encounter of frauds by New Zealand was in the private sector. Students show interest in pursuing diploma-based qualification as a path for immigration. Moreover, the entry standards for universities are rigid.
Munish Sekhri, Immigration Advisor and Student Agent, said that immigration rules requiring the students to show sufficient funds for their support had a potential to increase the worries of the universities.
Applicants from India had to demonstrate having funds, in accounts belonging to them for six months. Immigration New Zealand had reservations to recognize the recent sale of land/gold which can act as a restriction. The fees payable by the students is high when compared with other nations, and sealing the funds in their accounts for six months is not practical. The same can be spent in Canada or Australia, which overlook locking of funds. He continued to say that universities had a scope to increase enrolments from India but an additional number of agents will have to play an active role in this matter.
Edwin Paul said that universities need not depend totally on agents. But universities should work through a mediator which could represent them as a group.