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By David Perks• 21 Aug 2015 • 1 Comments
The recent Wellington City Council Education Sector breakfast examined the opportunities our city and region have to attract more students from other countries to study in Wellington. This series of blogs takes up the key themes of the breakfast; we’d love to get your views on these different themes.
The panellists shared a view that the highlights of Wellington’s tertiary education offering was characterised by the specialised nature of what your institutions offer be that at the Medical School at Otago or the new Whitireia Cuba Central – Creative Campus on Cuba Street.
We also heard from Steve Maharey that in only a few years there will be 7 million students worldwide travelling to different countries for their education, a figure will be dwarfed by the 45 million following online options.
There’s no doubt that many nations are seeing international education as a critical tool with which to globalise their economic, capability and capacity foot print. What course options will attract students to Wellington specifically; are these aligned with the sectors that are strong in Wellington and can those course offerings be complimentary across our institutions?
Julia Davidson noted that the targets for growth we apply to the schools sector might look quite different to the tertiary sector. Because of the difference in scale and product/experience on offer we wonder whether we need to have a specific reference group for schools; what do you think?