Education system in New Zealand
The New Zealand tertiary education system is broadly divided into six sectors.
There are eight public universities in New Zealand, which offer undergraduate (bachelor) and postgraduate degrees. Universities are teaching and research-based. All eight are globally ranked as among the top 500 in the world, with one cracking the top 100 in 2018 (the University of Auckland).
Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics
New Zealand has 22 Institutes of Technology or Polytechnics. Courses are usually vocational and skills-based, ranging from certificate level through to bachelor degree and postgraduate level.
Private tertiary and training institutions
There are a growing number of private tertiary and training providers offering an alternative study option. They offer professional certificates, diplomas and degrees in a diverse range of subjects including the arts, hospitality, computer studies, quality management, ecotourism and others. More than 800 such establishments are registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. About a quarter of these are Mãori owned and operated.
New Zealand is internationally recognised for its excellent education standards and for training high-quality teachers. There are six government-funded institutions that specialise in teacher training. Two operate within universities and the other four offer programs in collaboration with their local university. They offer training for teachers across early childhood, primary, secondary, special and tertiary (higher education) levels.
English language training sector
Private English language schools offer a variety of courses for all ages including adventure, business and academic programs. Adventure courses provide a balance of English language tuition and stimulating activity of students’ choice. There are courses in English for business purposes and courses to help prepare students for IELTS testing. Most tertiary institutions also provide English language preparation for further study or foundation courses.
Wãnanga is the term for the Mãori providers of tertiary education and advanced study on Mãori tradition and custom, usually in the Mãori language.