IIE Networker - Fall 2007 - (Page 27)

Knowledge Network New Zealand Achieving a Wider Vision for International Education in New Zealand By Claire Solon and Deborah Tennet The New Zealand government is taking a new approach in its engagement with international education—the new International Education Agenda. The Future Face of International Education in New Zealand? The year is 2015. Sione, aged 17, is a typical final year student (year 13/grade 12) in a South Auckland high school where classes are taught in English, one of New Zealand’s three official languages. He speaks Samoan at home, learned Spanish in grades 6 and 7 and has also been learning Chinese since grade 8. A Chinese student in his class is his “language buddy,” and they have become good friends. His math teacher hails from Iowa and is in New Zealand on a year-long teacher exchange. He is planning to take back to the U.S. a new learning approach which has been successful in New Zealand schools. Sione’s economics class is doing a joint online project with a German high school where students develop a product and marketing campaign. His sister, Pania, is studying biotechnology at Auckland University and has just come back from a semester at the University’s “partner” research institute in Chile which specializes in dairy product research. She is going to work for a New Zealand company that will be developing her research commercially. Sione has good results from the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) and is thinking abo about studying computer science at one of the local tertiary tertia institutes. But he would like li to spend a year oversea overseas first. The only question questio is deciding where to go—New Zealan Zealand now has working workin holiday schem schemes w it h m o r e than 20 countries. Why a New International Education Agenda? The New Zealand government’s International Education Agenda, released in August 2007, sets a new course for New Zealand’s engagement in international education over the next five to ten years. It is a key part of the New Zealand government’s Economic Transformation strategy and contributes directly to the aims of “growing globally competitive firms” and “innovative and productive workplaces.” International education contributes to building a sustainable economy based on innovation and quality. It also helps sustain New Zealand’s national identity, as the education system is a central means through which New Zealanders learn about who they are and their place in the world. The four goals of the Agenda are: • New Zealand students equipped to thrive in an interconnected world • International students enriched by living and learning in New Zealand • New Zealand providers strengthened academically and financially • Wider economic and social benefits to New Zealand These goals contribute to building stronger and deeper international linkages and skills for New Zealanders through opportunities for international study, research and academic exchange, and provision of quality education for international students to sustain a high-value export education sector. International education has many dimensions and components. For students to fully participate in modern society and in decision-making for the future, they need to understand how local issues—such as the rising cost of energy resources or environmental degradation—are shaped by world events. Further, they need to understand that local solutions can have global implications. To function effectively, students need to develop global citizenship skills. International education offers significant potential benefits

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2007

IIE Networker - Fall 2007
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
Investing in Our Future: Reaching Underserved Audiences through International Academic Exchanges
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series A Conversation with Brown University President
National Policies for International Education
New Zealand
United Kingdom
Sponsored Students
Project Atlas: A Coordinated Approach to Measuring Global Student Mobility
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Fall 2007