Taking a tour of high schools, colleges, language schools and universities organised by Education Southland , A8 Benefitted from engaging with teachers, international students and representatives from across the regions educational organisations.
Education Southland schools continue to work collectively to promote Southland as an educational destination and their own schools as quality places of learning. As a region we were very fortunate recently to be represented at the Australia New Zealand Agent Workshop and Southland FAM (Familiarisation) Visit.
This ANZA Workshop was hosted in Auckland in late April. It is a destination focussed event providing New Zealand exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their programmes, schools and regions to a large group of pre-screened agents -240 agents in total from 49 countries.
The Southland booth was very well attended with 35 appointments held with agents and service providers from Brazil, South Korea, Egypt, Germany, Poland, UK, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, India plus agents based in Australia and New Zealand.
As a result of the attendance at the workshop Education Southland participating schools – Aparima College, Central Southland College, Menzies College, James Hargest College, Southland Boys High School and Southland Girls High School – along with Venture Southland hosted a Southland FAM visit. Ten agents were selected to attend this FAM visit from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South Korea, India, Poland, UK and Australia.
The FAM visit was a means of showcasing Southland first hand to agents. It showed:
Southlanders place a high priority on education and we pride ourselves on our education facilities and student achievements. Southland has schools to suit most educational preferences.
Southland’s exceptional outdoor recreational experiences and safe and relaxing living environment complement the academic, cultural and sporting educational opportunities on offer.
International students are looking beyond the larger cities and recognise Southland as an ideal place to learn English while experiencing real New Zealand life and culture.
There are a lot of reasons why international students choose Southland as their study destination – quality education providers, lower cost of living and tuition fees, safe and friendly lifestyle, modern facilities and technologically advanced – plus many others.
The agents had a most successful, enjoyable and informative six days in the region – visiting the participating schools in Riverton, Winton, Wyndham and Invercargill. They also visited Stewart Island, Te Anau and Milford Sound. The feedback received was most positive and the opportunity exists to further promote Southland as a quality educational destination for these emerging and developing markets. Some comments included
• “Seeing is believing”
• “We got told why would you want to go there but this is such a perfect
place for students”
• “Safe, quiet, no distractions – exactly what parents want”
• “Heaven on earth”
Now the invite is there for all to come, enjoy and experience Southland – for a lifestyle
the rest of the world dreams of .