Chinese students value the opportunity to study and gain work experience while training at Ara Institute of Canterbury.
Ara welcomes the Chinese Consul General, Mr Zhijiang Jin this afternoon (4 May). Jin will meet with the institute's international and executive teams to discuss bilateral trade between New Zealand and China and the increasing number of Chinese students choosing to study in Canterbury.
"We are honoured to host Mr Jin and to explain our new vision for delivering excellent tertiary education to all of Canterbury," Ara International Director Beth Knowles says.
"China is the largest market of international students in the Canterbury region. 23% of international students studying in the Canterbury region come from China according to 2015 data."
At Ara, that figure is higher with almost one third (30%) of international students coming from China. "Last year, 240 of these students were new student enrolments which was the largest increase of new Chinese students since 2005.The most popular programmes are English Language, Foundation, Business, Engineering, ICT, Nursing and Hospitality," Knowles says.
"Some graduates stay in New Zealand to work and some gain employment in their home country or other countries. Increasingly there are excellent job opportunities for our graduates in China."
Han Teng (Tommy) completed the Bachelor of Applied Management (Business Information Systems) in 2012 and is currently working as an Application Developer at IBM in China.
Teng was attracted by the flexibility of the programmes and the opportunity for work experience.
"First, although I was a student of School of Business, I had the opportunity to attend class in other departments such as School of Computing. Second, the core courses of this programme were formed with a small number of students, which was very beneficial in terms of asking questions and group discussion. Last but not least, the final project of this programme provided me with the chance to experience the real world business prior to graduation. In that way, I not only put my professional knowledge into practice but also acquired some valuable working experience."
Teng found he was well prepared for the workplace. "My degree courses served me well in having the ability to analyse, evaluate, and incorporate changes. The individual tasks regarding analysing new markets and designing training materials in the internship required me to think analytically and critically."
Knowles says international students also appreciate the pathways available at Ara to reach different qualifications. "Our School of English has a strong reputation. Our teaching staff are highly qualified and we have excellent programmes for students on a pathway to degree level study. The applied focus of our qualifications and excellent graduate outcomes are also well known."
Following the launch of a new vision and name last month, Ara Institute of Canterbury is focusing on increasing awareness of the institute overseas.