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Bollywood and Cricket come together to promote New Zealand education & test India’s KIWI Quotient

Published On: 21 Apr 2017 | Last Updated On: 21 Apr 2017

Education New Zealand (ENZ) brought together the worlds of Bollywood and cricket in a fun, student-centred event called ‘The Kiwi Quotient’ at Symbiosis International University (SIU), Pune. At the New Zealand-themed event, popular Bollywood actor Soha Ali Khan and New Zealand cricketer and ENZ Brand Ambassador Stephen Fleming led SIU student teams to test their knowledge of all things New Zealand.

Mr John Laxon, Regional Director, Education New Zealand and Prof. Anita Patankar, Deputy Director, Symbiosis Centre for International Education presented prizes to the jubilant winners.

Talking about the winners, John Laxon said, “New Zealand’s values of invention, innovation and collaboration were reflected in the enthusiastic and active participation of the studentsat the event today.Weencourage ambitious and capable Indian students to experience the world class New Zealand education experience, while developing life-long people-to-people links across the globe and enjoying all that New Zealand has to offer.

“Education New Zealand is delighted to build on the strong history of educational excellence between India and New Zealand, and we look forward to more partnerships and initiatives with our Indian partner institutions,” added Mr Laxon.

Dr VidyaYeravdekar, Principal Director, Symbiosis Society says,“The genesis of Symbiosis International University lies in internationalisation and it is therefore committed to promoting international understanding through quality education.  So, we genuinely look forward to strengthening relationships with our counterparts in New Zealand.”

Speaking about the event, Ms Soha Ali Khansaid, ““I am excited to be associated with Education New Zealand and honoured to share the panel with Stephen Fleming. We witnessed great competitive energy between the participants and their eagerness to learn about New Zealand in the process. New Zealand is a beautiful country and an amazing overseas education destination.”

Stephen Fleming, Brand ambassador, Education New Zealand, quipped, “The students at SIU displayed high levels of energy, and their enthusiasm to exploremyhome country was incredible.Being a graduate myself of the New Zealand education system, I am proud of the excellent learning opportunities offered by New Zealand’s world-renowned universities.”

To motivate outstanding students from India to pursue their higher education in New Zealand, Education New Zealand is announcing a range of student-centric engagement activities including New Zealand education fairs in Mumbai (22 April), Vadodara (23 April), Kochi (28 April) and Vizag (30 April). These fairs provide a one-stop solution for students and parents to interact with representatives from New Zealand institutions and get advice on appropriate courses and application procedures.

The year will also see the delivery of innovative student-focussed specialist projects like: Sustainability Challenge, encouraging student expertise and collaborations in environmental resource management, sustainability and climate change;Fashion Symposium, showcasingNew Zealand education capability in the creative and design sectors; and season two of New Zealand Excellence Awards – jointly funded (ENZ and NZ universities) Scholarships for Indian students in STEM-related courses.

New Zealand has become an increasingly popular destination for high quality education and specialised courses, attracting a large and diverse pool of international students. There has been a 53% increase in Indian student enrolments in New Zealand universities for February 2017 compared to the same time last year,and India is now New Zealand’s second-biggest source country for international students.

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