In New Zealand, there are 8 state-funded universities, 16 Institutes of Technolgy and Polytechnics (ITPs) and about 600 registered Private Training Establishments (PTEs). There is another education institution unique to New Zealand called Wānanga.
The education of New Zealand goes accordingly with the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF). There are 10 levels of education in New Zealand. From level 1 to level 6, these levels of education are classifications for certificate and diploma from level 5 to level 7. Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Bachelor's Degree fall at Level 7. Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Bachelor Honours Degree belong to level 8. Master Degree at level 9 and ultimately Doctorate Degree at level 10.
All 8 Universities in New Zealand are funded by the government and offered a wide variety of courses from Degree all the way to PhD. The universities of New Zealand are very academically driven and research-based.
Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs)
The Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics in New Zealand trains students in professional and vocational skills. Graduates trained in practical skills are sort after by many industries in New Zealand. ITPs also offer full degree and all the way to postgraduate studies such as Masters and PhDs.
Private Training Establishment (PTEs)
The PTEs in New Zealand offers very niche and specific training diplomas and certificates. These of which also includes English language learning.
The Wānangas are New Zealand's indigenous tertiary institutions where learning occurs through the methods of Maori teaching. There are currently 3 institutions of Wānanga, Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.
Bachelor's Degree in New Zealand takes typically 3 years to complete. Most institutions would allow students to take a double major degree and the time taken to complete a double degree is between 4 and 5 years. Institutions will generally allow students to extend their academic period should they need to time to acquire the necessary credits to complete their program.
Honour's Degree is an additional year of degree program needed that is required to progress to the Master's Degree in New Zealand.
Pre-Bachelor programs are also available for New Zealand for students who have only completed 11 years of education. This one year program has a strong focus on English and subjects that adapt students to the New Zealand education culture. It also fulfils the missing academic year needed to progress to the first year of an undergraduate program.
New Zealand offers various Masters and Doctorates degrees. After the completion of an Honours degree, a Masters degree typically lasts a year with a research dissertation.
Entry for Malaysian Students
Students of SPM and GCE O-level may consider taking a year of Pre-University program in New Zealand before the commencing their 1 year of Bachelor's Degree. However, students these qualifications may also consider entering a Diploma or Certificate program. Entry requirements vary between institutions and programmes.
Students with STPM, A-Level, UEC and IB qualifications may be admitted to the 1st year of the Bachelor's Degree in New Zealand as they have fulfiled the 12 years of education. Entry requirements vary between institutions and programmes.
Population: 4.794 million
- New Zealand is one of the safest countries in the world.
- The country was the first to grant the equal voting right to women.
- The first person to scale Mount Everest was a New Zealander.
- The Haka, a traditional chant performed by the New Zealander during most of the official ceremonies is the a historical warcry my the Māori people. It is made famous by the national rugby union team, the All Blacks.
- The breathtaking sceneries in New Zealand were made popular are films such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie series.
The country has a well-developed economy. It is comparatively smaller in the global scale. The primary export of the country is mainly agricultural products. In 2008, the tourism industry in New Zealand has experienced a significant boom. The industry has become one of the major foreign exchange generators in the country. Today, the national economy is the 53rd largest in the world.
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