Blog – 28th May 2024

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Showcasing the region to attract more international students

Greg Simmonds

Source: Greg Simmonds, Priority One General Manager – Workforce & Policy

In April, Education Tauranga proudly hosted a delegation of international agents showcasing the region as a high-quality study destination with an awesome lifestyle. 

International education plays an important role in the local economy and the vibrancy of the community. Prior to disruptions caused by COVID-19, international students contributed around $120 million annually to the region’s economy.

Importantly though, the benefits of international students go far beyond the financial, enriching our city and region by fostering diversity, building global connections, and growing talent pipelines. By welcoming students from around the world, we become a more diverse and vibrant place to live and learn.  

Education Tauranga partnered with the University of Waikato and local secondary schools to host four international agents representing Thailand, Vietnam and Latin America. The agents gained insights on the calibre of world-class educational institutions the region has to offer and were able to experience the hospitality and vibrancy of our city and region.  

Education Tauranga is the region’s international education marketing body made up of local schools and tertiary institutions enrolling international students and supported by Tauranga City Council and Priority One. The impact of international students extends beyond the classroom. By attracting talent from across the globe, we sow the seeds for future growth and prosperity. The recent international agent familiarisation was financially supported by Education New Zealand.