New Zealand geographically comprises of two main landmasses, that of the North and South Islands as well as numerous smaller islands.Originally inhabited by the Maoris, New Zealand is one of the last lands to be inhabited by humans owing to its remote location. Nevertheless, today this thriving nation attracts tourists, students, immigrants and business from all over the planet. It has a population of about 4.5 million consisting of people of European, Maori, Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. The country’s capital is Wellington while Auckland, being the commercial capital is the largest city with an estimated population of 1.3 million which is almost one third of the country. The country is famous for its beautiful harbour, excellent cafes and nightlife, and many professional opportunities.
New Zealand’s major cultural identity is shaped primarily by Maori and the European heritage. Even though the cities enjoy cosmopolitan culture and way of life, the tribal circles would show distinctive differences between the Maori and NZ European societies. However, with globalisation influence of immigrants of other origin such as Asia, North America and the Pacific is increasingly becoming visible making New Zealand multicultural.
Studying in New Zealand will open your eyes and expand your horizons. Wherever you choose to study, you’ll never be far from a beach, some native bush or some wide open spaces.
You’ll experience a unique and diverse blend of European and Māori traditions mixed with influences from Polynesia, Asia and elsewhere. You’ll be able to pick from a range of lifestyles and study in wellequipped but convenient campuses.
Tertiary education here is delivered by a wide range of providers including Universities, Institutes of Technology, Polytechnics, Private Training Establishments and Industry Training Organisations. They’re all ranked on what’s called the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. The NZQA website has details of the different levels of qualification available and where they fit on the Framework.
New Zealand offers a very supportive environment for students. In and out of the lecture hall or classroom, student life in New Zealand has its own distinctive Kiwi flavour. So you can expect to receive more personalised attention from your teachers than you might in other parts of the world.