The value of international education continues to grow in both Southland and wider New Zealand
The significant economic value of international education to New Zealand has been identified in the 2017 Economic Valuation of International Education report.
The report has confirmed international education (onshore and offshore delivery) to be New Zealand’s fourth largest export earner valued at $5.1 billion.
The sector significantly contributes to both national and regional economies and encourages a thriving and globally connected Southland region by enabling Southland residents to live and learn alongside people from other cultures.
The report found that the international education economic contribution to in Southland is valued at $60 million, with each international student studying in Southland contributing an average of $39,290 to the regional economy.
More and more students are choosing Southland as their preferred education destination with more than 50 nationalities represented in the region, and a 3% increase in international student enrolments for 2017 when compared to enrolment data collected for 2016.
The benefits of attracting international education students to Southland extend to the tourism sector where it is identified that the region receives $8 million of value from people visiting as a result of an international student connection.
This is derived from the $5 million of value added from students who are studying elsewhere in New Zealand and choose to visit Southland, and the additional $3 million of value that is contributed to the region through visiting friends and relatives.
Study Southland, who represents the education providers of the Southland region, is committed to further growth in this area and will continue to promote Southland as a preferred education destination.
Access to the Economic value of international education to New Zealand infographic can be found here