The number of Filipino students studying in New Zealand has increased from 2014 to 2015 and is expected to rise further this year, according to Education New Zealand, a crown entity.
Citing data, ENZ general manager Peter Bull said 2,964 Filipino students studied in New Zealand in 2015, a 71-percent increase from the 1,734 recorded in 2014
Because of this, New Zealand considers the Philippines as an emerging key market.
To sustain this growth, Bull said New Zealand implemented a new Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students that aims to provide better support and care to foreign students.
"Not only does it set the standards of care that education providers need to provide but this new code also highlights the importance that New Zealand places on international students having a positive study experience," he said.
The code, which will take effect on July 1, will also provide students a new dispute resolution scheme for any contract and financial disagreements between students and study providers.
“With the new Code, international students, including a number of incoming Filipino learners who choose New Zealand as an education destination, can be confident that their well-being is a top priority,” Bull said.
New Zealand was among the first countries to adopt a Code of Practice in 2002. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News