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The education sector

As the capital city, Wellington is home to many of best institutions in the country, and is a destination of choice for talented and ambitious students from all over the world.


International reputation

New Zealand is renowned for high quality education, and our education system is consistently ranked as one of the best in the world by OECD PISA. The OECD describes New Zealand as one of the strongest countries for literacy, maths and science (OECD Better Life Index, 2015).

The United Nations agrees, calling New Zealand a world leader for education, ahead of Norway, Australia, Ireland and the United States (New Zealand Now, 2015). 

The education industry is admired internationally – and attracts upwards of 100,000 students from overseas each year (New Zealand Now, 2015).

Education professionals are in high demand

Teaching professionals are in demand in New Zealand, with university lecturers, special education teachers and post-doctoral fellows on Immigration New Zealand’s immediate skills shortage list. Visas applications for jobs on this list are easier and faster to obtain to fill our shortages.

Teachers ranging from early childhood to secondary are also in demand and are included on Immigration New Zealand’s list of skilled occupations – also making visa applications easier.

In the latest Labour Market Report from job listing website SEEK, revealed the education industry is showing strong year on year growth, driven by a significant 45 per cent increase in new job ads in Wellington (Seek, 2015).

Wellington's tertiary establishments 

Wellington has highly-regarded education institutions which inspire and nurture smart, creative minds to help shape students into the leaders of the future.

Both Victoria University of Wellington and Massey University are ranked in the QS World University rankings top 500, and both have programmes ranked in the top 100 in the world. Victoria University is also ranked the number one University for research in New Zealand.

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