Students from India can now start their studies at New Zealand’s top university while still in India, awaiting permission to move to Auckland.
The University of Auckland has established an interesting support package for Indian undergraduate and master’s students who desire to enhance their studies ahead of New Zealand’s staggering restoration of its border in 2022.
Indian students make significant contributions to the university’s research effort, and this strategy demonstrates the University of Auckland’s dedication to them.
The university’s vice-chancellor, Dawn Freshwater, claimed that COVID-19 and its derivatives, Delta and Omicron, have had a terrible influence on India and its students. “It has meant online study and an inability to travel abroad to further their ambitions in overseas universities. It has also meant that we have been unable to visit India to meet with colleagues,” she said.
The institute’s international director, Brett Berquist, initiated a process to evaluate how the university could assist Indian students during this challenging period of progressive border reopening.
“We know many students finance their studies through educational loans, which are complicated to secure while studying part-time and online. Having recognized this as an obstacle, we are offering deferred fees payment for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) master’s students.”
These master’s students will be able to start their courses online from India, deferring payment until they activate their education loan when they go to New Zealand. Beginning this year, these students will also be eligible for a 30% bursary. “We believe this innovative approach is a win-win as students can press on and begin their masters with the University of Auckland,” Berquist said.
Following significant research with students and their families in India, an undergraduate student assistance package has also been designed. It comprises virtual micro-internships with New Zealand companies, as well as a loyalty program that offers a one-course cost-free after two semesters of full-time study. This program also includes supplementary online help.
“Our support package will allow students to begin building their employability skills while starting their studies in India. And once they arrive in New Zealand, they will benefit from our world-leading work rights provisions which they can use while studying and for three years once their studies are complete”, Freshwater explained.