New Zealand is a fertile and mountainous group of islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island, plus Stewart Island and other smaller islands. Legend has it that New Zealand was fished from the sea. Fact has it that New Zealand was the last land mass on earth to be discovered, making New Zealand the youngest country on earth. Snowy peaks, fjord-scarred shores, and pastures dotted with sheep define this country.
The UN publishes a HDI (Human Development Index)every year, which consists of the Education Index, GDP Index and Life Expectancy Index.
New Zealand has been placed 1st in 2007 owing to very high standards & strict quality control. This amazing feat coupled with a multitude
of factors has made NZ a popular choice for international students seeking high quality education away from home.
Academic, professional and vocational studies are offered at universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, secondary schools and private training establishments (PTE’s) which are under continuous control of the Ministry of Education (http://www.educationnz.govt.nz). Research indicates New Zealand students are ranked amongst the top in the world academically. New Zealand has a selection of 8 national universities with a great range of subjects in commerce, science and arts. Specialist subjects are offered at each university.
New Zealand offers a safe learning environment. It is the first country in the world to declare itself as a nuclear free zone. The
environment is green, clean and uncrowned with a small population and wide open spaces. It is known to have a negligible percentage
of crime and pollution.
One key decision making factor in the choice of country is the overall environment of the country. New Zealand has a reputation as a provider of quality education offering excellent study opportunities and support services in a safe learning environment. According to the Global Peace Index (GPI), New Zealand was ranked no. 1 in 2010 as the world’s safest country.
New Zealand enjoys temperate climate which is moderated by the seas surrounding it. This results in mild summers and cool winters. This excellent climate encourages all sports of outdoor sports and activities. One can indulge in sports as varied from Football, cricket to White water rafting and Bungee jumping. In fact it is widely accepted fact that NZ enjoys one of the most favorable climates in the world. It enjoys the four distinct seasons which are summer (Nov. to March), autumn (March to June), winter (June to Sept.) & spring (Sept. to Nov.) & hence people enjoy high quality living conditions.
The Government of New Zealand has set up nationally recognized processes of quality assurance to ensure that both the Government and
individuals are investing in quality education, training and assessment. There are a number of government appointed authorities responsible
for approving qualifications in New Zealand and for the quality that determines the delivery of qualifications. These bodies are:
• New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) which is responsible for approving and registering all courses and national qualifications offered at polytechnics and private training establishments.
• New Zealand Vice-Chancellor's Committee (NZVCC) which is responsible for approving all diplomas, undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by New Zealand universities.