The universities in New Zealand are a vital part of modern society and are important not just for teaching but also for research and the development of society as a whole. As centers of research excellence they play an important role in economic transformation and development.
As institutions of higher learning, the universities in New Zealand are involved not only in the basic skills needed in the profession but also in what can be called basic life skills – analysis, flexible thinking, communication, adaptation and innovation.
That is, universities don’t just train, they educate. Universities also enhance society through their contribution to our understanding of social issues and our achievement of social, economic and physical well-being.
So what makes New Zealand so unique? What makes it different than other developed countries? Here are some quick facts about the universities and education system in New Zealand:
New Zealand education system consistently ranks among the best in the world.
The education system focuses on both practical and academic achievement. You can study for either academic or more practically focused qualifications, gaining everything from entry-level certificates to diplomas, degrees and doctorates. What’s more, these institutes are located nationwide, so you can study just about anywhere you like.
New Zealand’s education system focuses on teaching students to solve problems, absorb, analyse and apply information, to work with others to create and innovate. The system supports debate, free thinking and flexibility, and our teachers encourage students to be confident, connected and actively involved, lifelong learners.
New Zealand has eight universities all of excellent quality. Each university has strengths in research and teaching across a range of disciplines.
New Zealand universities receive approximately 40% of their annual income from government grants. The eight universities in New Zealand teach approximately 180,000 students (part and full-time) and employ around 19,500 staff
Five of the universities in New Zealand are considered to be in the top 50 of the world’s universities according to the QS World Top 500 rankings. New Zealand is known for its business, technology, engineering, medicine, and biological sciences, and the schools are world class.
The universities play a prominent part in the New Zealand research environment, a role in keeping with their statutory obligations. All international PhD students accepted for enrolment at a New Zealand university pay the same fees as New Zealand domestic students.
In addition to universities New Zealand also has 18 technology institutions and over 600 training schools which help with specialized skills. It also has 27 English Language schools and around 20 industry training organisations.