New Zealand Education System
New Zealand institutions rank highly on the global scale with many of them featuring in international university rankings. Every student in New Zealand enjoys the advantage of a supporting learning environment; with relatively small class sizes enabling more personalized attention from teachers. Independent thinking is strongly encouraged, where students are taught to think for themselves. Students get the opportunity to harness their individual strengths and ideas for channeling them towards a productive career. It is amongst the first countries to adopt a code of practice that set standards for the care of international students. Students in New Zealand are imparted education in an English-speaking environment. They share classes with locals and are encouraged to actively participate in different facets of learning.
The New Zealand government has strong quality assurance systems to ensure high-quality education at all levels of the education system, both public and private. New Zealand has eight state-funded universities, 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics- ITPs as they are called and about 550 Private Training Establishments – PTEs as they are called, which also include English language schools.
Universities offer higher degree-level education. Their programmes are research-led and generally academic rather than vocational. In the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings, all eight of New Zealand’s universities were in the top 100 in at least one subject. The universities offer courses right from certificate levels to doctorates. Although universities offer an array of subjects that comprise different degree and diploma level qualifications at undergraduate and postgraduate level, each university offer its own tailor made specialized programmes.The academic intake for majority of university courses are from January till November whereas some courses may commence in July.
ITPs offer vocational degree-level education. ITPs offer courses right from certificate levels with some institutes offering full degree and postgraduate level studies. They have majorly two academic intakes which are in February and July whereas some ITPs have a November intake as well.
PTEs tend to offer specific vocational programmes, mainly at certificate and diploma levels. Majority of PTEs have rolling intakes throughout the year.
Both PTEs and ITPs offer courses in wide area of disciplines covering Agriculture and Horticulture, Art & Design, Building & Construction, Business, Engineering, Fishing & Marine Studies, Forestry, Science & Technology, Tourism & Hospitality, Nursing, Teaching & Education to name a few.