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Referred to as “The Code”, it will be administered by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA), with allocated powers to enforce sanctions for breaches, along with a new Dispute Resolution Scheme (DRS) enabling students to effectively resolve contractual/financial disputes with providers.
The updated code is to insure that the country “remains world leader in the pastoral care” of its yearly over 100,000 incoming foreign students, and sets 10 outcomes in areas such as:
After undergoing lengthy revisions, that commenced in 2013, both The Code and the DRS will come into effect this July, but till then remain in the public feedback period allowing for further amendments.
The new code embraces a student centred approach with proactive support structures, to create positive study experiences in New Zealand that will strengthen educational achievements. International education currently amounts to the country's fifth-largest export sector. Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister, Steven Joyce aims to sustain this growth, emphasizing the future to be about “staying well connected to the world especially the Asia- Pacific region” where ” international education helps to build strong linkages with our trading partners”. The updated Code will enhance the study experience of students, particularly in terms of accurate information services, and can also be viewed as a tool to better service and reinforce demand for the international education industry that contributes an annual 2.85$ billion to the country’s economy.New Zealand Ministry of Education