New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern welcomes its international students back to the universities in the country during an event at the University of Auckland on September 2.
She addressed the students saying, “It was an exciting milestone today to begin the process of welcoming larger cohorts of international students.” Later she told the media that the country has a mix of students in both secondary and tertiary education.
“You could see that for many of them [students], coming to New Zealand had been something they had worked towards for a long time and to hear just their joy at being here in New Zealand I think is only matched by our joy of welcoming them here,” said Ardem.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins who was also present at the event said that the university feedback is encouraging and they are actively recruiting students at the moment.
With the government closely monitoring the visa applications and processing time Hipkins praised the institutions, he added that many universities will bounce back with the students returning to the offline campus post-pandemic.
“One of the things… that many of the institutions have been doing is they’ve had students studying with them over the pandemic remotely who are now really excited about the opportunity to actually be here in person and so they can’t wait to get here. That will certainly help us to rebuild faster.” Hipkins added.
Hipkins also assured that their organisation will be of all help that it could provide specifically with the visa processing as many countries including the UK, Canada, Australia and Germany are currently facing visa processing issues.
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