New Zealand: int’l student fee revenue up 17% to $1bn

Tuition fee revenue for international education topped $1bn in New Zealand for the first time last year, as enrolments grew by 13%, according to the newly released Education New Zealand snapshot report.

The Private Training Establishment sector, which excludes English language schools, claims the biggest share of international students.

The income generated from tuition fees reached just over $1bn last year, an increase of $146m, or 17%, from 2014.

This growth has been steady following 17% increase in revenue the previous year.

“It is important that regional New Zealand shares fully in the growth of our international education sector”

“For a small exporting nation – where traditional reliance on primary products is being overtaken by the rise of people-driven services such as tourism and international education – this is a great achievement,” said Grant Macpherson, chief executive of Education New Zealand, in the report.

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