According to a new poll, New Zealand placed second after Canada in terms of interest as a destination among Latin American students making “post-Covid” options.
Last Monday, Education New Zealand announced the results of a study conducted by BELTA to assess the “effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the international education sector” in the region in 2021. According to Danilo Torini, one of the survey’s research team heads, Canada and New Zealand are unquestionably at the top of the list of nations of interest.
While Canada leads in almost all scenarios, New Zealand is not far behind, and it has a very high proportion among students when it comes to whether a country is competent in dealing with Covid. The survey examined questionnaires completed by over 1,000 Latin American students and 500 agents, with the goal of gathering as much information as possible and determining how the region’s industry was feeling in the second year of the pandemic.
Overall, Canada received 86.6 percent of the students who were polled, with New Zealand coming in second at 72.9 percent, and the United Kingdom and Australia trailing closely behind at 69.7 percent and 67.3 percent, respectively. It was made apparent that the sum of the total answers to all questions was greater than 100 percent, as several students answered more questions regarding specific subjects and nations than others.
As previously stated, New Zealand’s high statistics were due to its proficiency in handling Covid among students, with a 76.3 percent rate, but it was also second among agents, with 61.2 percent compared to Canada’s 95.9 percent. It was also named one of the safest in terms of accepting international students in the future, owing to the strict Covid rules implemented over the last two years, particularly among brokers.
Agents were less impressed with the academic infrastructure and technology resources for hybrid classrooms, ranking it fourth and third, respectively. Furthermore, among students, it ranked second in confidence out of all four categories, demonstrating how hopeful students are about the country as compared to agents. Restricted border controls are now permitted without the need for self-isolation as of Friday.
“When we segment these results by each Latin American country, we see differences – while New Zealand still scores highly with 58.5% for Brazil, the US is in second place,” Torini pointed out.
Considering the dip from Brazil, New Zealand continues to lead after Canada in Chile and Colombia, with a score that is only 2% lower than Canada’s in terms of Colombian interest. It came in third place in terms of Mexican interest.
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