Education tops agenda in China for Wgtn business delegation

27 May 2014

Education tops agenda in China and Japan
for Wellington business delegation

Mayor Celia
Wade-Brown and a 30-strong Wellington business delegation
have arrived in Beijing – where the strong contingent from
Wellington’s education sector will be able to meet Chinese
leaders and form and strengthen contacts.

This year’s
delegation has a significant focus on the education sector,
in which Wellington is actively growing the market share of
international students in New Zealand. China is
Wellington’s largest international student market – and
enrolments in the region have grown 25% since 2007.

highlights of a packed schedule over the next few days,
Mayor Wade-Brown today (Tuesday 27 May) was due to attend a
lunch hosted by JJL Overseas Education Consulting & Service
Co – a Chinese Government-owned agency that provides
consulting services to self-sponsored students wishing to
study abroad.

JJL helps more than 1000 students travel to
New Zealand each year and has a strong reputation among
Chinese students and New Zealand institutions.

Wade-Brown was to sign a memorandum of cooperation with
JJL’s directors – this follows an increasingly close
relationship between JJL and the Wellington education sector
that has been strengthened over the past three years.
JJL’s senior executives have visited Wellington three
times in the past three years and this is the second formal
civic visit to JJL in Beijing in the same period.

6000 international students are based in the Wellington
region – about 1200 of them are from China.

University, Weltec, Whitireia, Wellington College,
Wellington Girls’ College, Queen Margaret College,
Wellington High School, Onslow College and Hutt Valley High
School all have representatives on the China business

On Sunday, delegation members visited
Wellington’s Japanese Sister City, Sakai, where a
memorandum of understanding was signed by Education
Wellington International (EWI) and Universities’
Consortium Southern Osaka (UCSO).

The signing was part of
an education fair held by Education Wellington at Sakai City
Chamber of Commerce. The event was well attended by students
and parents interested in sending their children abroad for
study in an English language environment. UCSO consists of
14 member universities and private members from 10
universities in the southern Osaka area.

The MOU was
signed by Matthew Steele, Education Sector Manager at Grow
Wellington and Dr Taketoshi Okuno, Chief Director of

Wellington and Sakai already have an existing school
exchange programme – about 20 school students (usually
senior students) travel from Sakai to Wellington each year
for a two-week programme. Wellington reciprocates. Sakai is
looking to expand this programme as a result of the
engagement of the schools at the fairon Sunday.

Japan is
already the Wellington region’s fourth largest market with
463 Japanese students enrolled with Wellington education
providers in 2012.

Tomorrow (Wednesday 28 May) Mayor
Wade-Brown and the business delegation will attend a lunch
is to acknowledge key partners from Beijing. The lunch will
enable business delegates to invite their own Beijing
contacts to meet the Mayor and mingle with representatives
from both the Beijing City Government and the State.
Representatives from the New Zealand Embassy, NZ Trade and
Enterprise and Education NZ will also be on hand.

Wade-Brown says achieving business success in China is
helped by forming strong connections. Political leadership
is important in helping open doors for our businesses. This
delegation will strengthen existing relationships with
partners and customers in China, as well as establishing new
relationships that will result in business growth.

Wellington-based organisations in the China delegation
include Gibson Group, ANZ Bank, Computer Power Plus,
Carrickmore, The Formary, NZ Post, Wellington International
Airport Ltd and ACG Yoobee School of


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