Wed 8 Jun 2016

Brazilian Agents visit WITT

WITT's international exposure has been given a further boost after eight agents from Brazil visited the New Plymouth campus yesterday

The group, who are individually involved in placing Brazilian students into tertiary education overseas, also visited Fitzroy Engineering to meet project engineer Arun Raju, who is a WITT graduate

WITT’s international student numbers have been constantly rising – up 15% last year to top the 200 mark, but just three are from Brazil.

The visiting group’s focus is on tertiary study and pathways into industry such as engineering. Outside of the metropolitan cities, New Plymouth is the only region chosen to show its tertiary education facilities to the group. 

They are also visiting Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch – and have a date with a bungy cord in Queenstown.

The tour has been funded by Education New Zealand which wants to raise awareness of New Zealand as an internationally-recognised, high quality education destination for Brazilian students. The agents are also being shown a New Zealand which is safe, fun and friendly, with a great lifestyle for students as their hosts showcase employment opportunities open for visiting students and Brazil’s priority programme areas.

The Taranaki section of the tour was also assisted by Venture Taranaki, Spotswood College and Inglewood High School.

Witt’s International Relationship Manager Carol Allen heard the agents discussing the increasing level of difficulty anticipated in getting students into Australia as qualification restrictions tightened, and how that could work in New Zealand’s favour.  Latest UK immigrations statistics show a six per cent drop in applications for student visa from people outside the EU as a consequence of tighter restrictions there.

 “Changes in immigration requirements of competitor countries offer a real opportunity to Institute of Technology and Polytechnics, like WITT,’’ she said. “Immigration New Zealand’s work rights policy enhances New Zealand’s attractiveness as a study destination.”  

 In particular, the Brazilian agents showed real interest in opportunities for students to earn while they learn in areas of study such as project management, mechanical engineering, highway engineering and chef training. 

The visiting agents dined at WITT’s Impressions restaurant and said they were impressed with Taranaki’s beauty and lifestyle.