New Zealand has a reputation of providing quality education with state of the art facilities, excellent learning environment, and support services. New Zealand has produced famous graduates like Dr Bryan Barrett-Boyes and Sir Ernest Rutherford. The New Zealand education system is based on the British system of education thereby making it acceptable across all nations.
Universities: Universities in New Zealand are not only centers of teaching but also of research and development. There are eight state funded universities offering quality education on a wide range of subjects. They are:
All international education programs are approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), a New Zealand government organization responsible for quality control. In addition to the internal quality checks by each university, a central system of quality assurance audits by the New Zealand Vice Chancellors’ Committee (NZVCC)) is undertaken at both institution and program level.
Qualification: Courses from certificate to doctorate level are offered.
Colleges of Education
Colleges of education in New Zealand offer various courses for training of teachers for primary and secondary schools, as well as for early childhood education schools and special educators. New Zealand has six such institutions which are autonomous while one is affiliated to the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.
The course content and academic year are in tune with the universities.
Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology
Polytechnics were traditionally known as vocational training institutes but that function has been expanded over the years to meet the growing demand of the economy. Many polytechnics are involved in research activities both in applied and technological areas.
Qualifications: Polytechnics offer courses from certificate level with some offering full degree and postgraduate level studies.
Some of the important Polytechnics in New Zealand are:
Private Tertiary Institutes
Private Tertiary Institutes offer alternative study options. These institutes are growing in number and offer programs in subjects as wide as hospitality, computer studies, quality management and secretarial studies to courses in scuba-diving. Currently there are more than 860 private training establishments (PTEs) in New Zealand. The degrees offered by private tertiary institutions have received their accreditation from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
For a complete list of PTEs, click here.
Being in the Southern Hemisphere, the academic year is from February to November. A July start date may be available for some courses.
Types Of Qualification In New Zealand:
a) National Certificates
b) National Diplomas
c) Bachelors Degree or Graduate Diploma
d) Post Graduate Diploma or Certificate or Bachelors with Hons.