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Our Student Representative, Chris William, attended an International Education Forum held by Education Minister Chris Hipkins this month.

The minister spoke about the recovery of international education. A panel of industry leaders then spoke on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the industry. 

When the floor opened for questions, our Student Representative raised concerns over the post-study work visa struggles faced by students who started studying in New Zealand and are now stuck overseas as well as those who recently started studying online.

The minister said he recognised that this was an area that needed to be handled correctly.

“I’m glad I had the opportunity to ask about that topic,” says Chris.

“This was a rare chance I had, as one of only a handful of international students who attended the forum, to raise this concern publicly and directly address the minister of education.”

Chris was the only student representing polytechnics at the forum.  

The National President of the New Zealand International Students Association (NZISA), Afiqah Ramizi, also attended and represented international students in the panel discussion.

Others in attendance included international education experts, leaders in industry, and media. 

Our Student Rep was able to meet up with the president of the NZISA after the forum and also had the opportunity to have a one-on-one discussion with Chris Hipkins.  


Published on 27 Jul 2021

Orderdate: 27 Jul 2021
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