Why studying in New Zealand is a compelling option for Filipino students
The realities of education in the Philippines
Don’t you know that there are a number of substantial jobs available in the country? And yet, unemployment is a daunting perennial problem in the Philippines. Upon scratching the surface of this seemingly grave imbalance, we will immediately realize that only few qualify for those elusive jobs. Most of the graduates that our schools have produced have acquired skills that are not what employers are particularly looking for. Either schools have not prepared them enough for specialized skills – where most of the graduates fall; or schools have produced graduates that are in reality, not in demand in our country, but rather in other countries – where most of our graduates, particularly in nursing and HRM, fall.
The problem of having graduates who lack the skill for gainful employment is currently looked into and being addressed jointly by government agencies such as TESDA, CHED, and DOLE. However, this is not the one I would like to talk about, but rather the problem facing the other kind of graduates – those that are seriously looking into going abroad to practice their professions.
The problem of not getting successful entry to other countries lies, among others, to the lack of qualification systems that meet international standards. This has a direct effect especially to graduates who seek employment abroad only to find out that their professional qualifications are not recognized internationally.
Taking tertiary education outside the Philippines seems to be the emerging factor to being able to successfully enter another country for most students. It saves one time, money and effort in studying and applying for work abroad. The minimum age requirement for diploma courses of most first world countries is 18 years old, given that there is a sufficient 12 years of formal education gained in the originating country. Young graduates may also have to consider taking courses in other countries to meet the educational requirements for employment abroad.
Now, why New Zealand?
The advantage of studying in New Zealand
Aside from the fact that New Zealand is known for its pristine landscapes that provide students the backdrop for extreme outdoor activities such as bungee jumping, skydiving and water rafting during weekends or holidays, there are three compelling reasons why Filipinos should consider studying in New Zealand.
- New Zealand has a countless number of schools that offer government-certified and internationally-recognized high quality education.
The New Zealand government has set up nationally recognized processes of quality assurance of its education, and one of the government-appointed bodies is the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). It approves and registers all courses and national qualifications offered at polytechnics and private training establishments (PTE’s), and accredits and registers PTEs as well. In order to offer NZQA approved courses, a PTE must be a registered provider with NZQA. Its education system is also based on the British model, and thus its qualifications are recognized as equivalent in countries such as Australia and the UK.
- The opportunity to earn even while studying.
Student visa holders may work to a maximum of 20 hours a week during the semester and may work full time during holidays and school breaks. While this may be a window of opportunity to earn abroad, this should be treated as a “cherry on top of the cake” or “a siding on a dish.” But yes, sometimes the cherry or the siding looks yummier than the cake or the dish. As long as the number of working hours is within bounds and you keep at par with the academic performance requirements, availing of such privilege shouldn’t be a problem while studying in New Zealand.
- Strong student support
Schools in New Zealand have high professional standards, supportive learning environments, and a strong focus on student welfare. The New Zealand Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students ensures that international students are well informed, safe and properly cared for during their studies in New Zealand.
Most international students in New Zealand go for business studies, hospitality and computing courses, all of which have a high demand for employment as well as permanent residency.
To discuss this promising opportunity in more detail, an orientation will be jointly conducted by Global Quest Immigration Consultancy and Cornell Institute of Business and Technology, a private training establishment registered by NZQA, and passed the New Zealand Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care. It offers a wide range of fields of study – from business, computing and hospitality courses, all accredited by the NZQA.
One of the highlights during the orientation is the introduction of a course that gives alternative career pathways for Filipino nurses in New Zealand. Furthermore the said course has just been recently approved by NZQA. To know more about Cornell Institute of Business and Technology please click on the link http://www.cornell.ac.nz .
Be updated with these new developments in New Zealand and take advantage of this opportunity!
Details on the Seminar/Orientation
Date : February 25, 2014 (Holiday)
Time : 2:00-4:00 pm
Venue : Dear Manok
Tiano Brothers Street, Cagayan de Oro City,
Misamis Oriental, Philippines
Who can take advantage of this exciting opportunity?
Students and graduates of courses such as nursing, HRM, education, business, information technology and computer may benefit from this seminar/orientation.
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Immigration New Zealand http://www.immigration.govt.nz
Manila Bulletin (July 14, 2013). TESDA addressed job-skill mismatch.
New Zealand Qualifications Authority (October, 2007). The New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications.
Palacio, Rose (May 28, 2007). Who Says there is Job Shortage in the Philippines? Davao Today. http://davaotoday.com/main/2007/05/28/who-says-theres-a-job-shortage-in-philippines/
PNA and Philippine Times of Southern Nevada (May 9, 2013). Government steps up programs to address job-skills mismatch.
Rediff.com (Sept. 4, 2009). Why New Zealand is a popular study destination. http://getahead.rediff.com/report/2009/sep/04/career-study-abroad-new-zealand.htm
Study Options (2013). Why Go? Seven Good Reasons to Go. http://www.studyoptions.com/why_go/#.UjqHxn_z6hp
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