New Zealand: an attractive offer for economics students

New Zealand is a modern, technologically advanced, globally competitive nation offering internationally recognised university education within a unique cultural and natural environment.

New Zealand education is increasingly international in character, driven by trends which include the ICT revolution, employment markets transcending national borders, and a globally mobile population of students, teaching staff and researchers. New Zealand university education was established in 1870 and has a similar structure and tradition to the British model.

Today, there are eight state-funded universities in New Zealand, offering a broad range of subjects with different specialisations. New Zealand university students enjoy a personalised approach to their learning, where people are recognised and valued for their individuality, and an applied learning environment where theory and practice interrelate. New Zealand universities have links and joint teaching arrangements with universities in many overseas countries, providing a multicultural experience for all students.

Economics is taught by all eight New Zealand universities, most usually within a business/commerce degree, but also as an arts degree and as components in a range of other degrees covering areas such as agriculture/agricommerce, resource and environmental, and social issues. The blend of academic and practical means that our graduates are keenly sought and their research skills are in high demand. Many successful students move on to work experience in the Reserve Bank, Treasury, other parts of the public sector, finance and banking, and private research organisations.

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“New Zealand’s unique and dynamic culture blends a fusion of European, Maori, Pacific and Asian influences”

In a relatively small country, the economics community is a rich blend of public and private, academic, finance, business and policy. There are high levels of communication and mobility between these groups, and many economists are broadly-based in their perspectives and experience.

Students play an active part in New Zealand Association of Economists’ conferences and are able to mix with established economists in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere. The NZAE was founded in 1959 to be an inclusive organisation for professional economists, and provides a forum for robust discussion of theoretical and practical economic issues.

In pursuit of these objectives the Association each year publishes three issues of its newsletter, Asymmetric Information, and organises an annual conference and several special interest group meetings each year. It also publishes a peer reviewed journal four times per year. The Association also sponsors several annual prizes, including the Distinguished Fellows Award, the Jan Whitwell Prize (for students) and Poster competition prizes, all awarded at the annual conference. More information can be found on the NZAE website. 

New Zealand’s unique and dynamic culture blends a fusion of European, Maori, Pacific and Asian influences. The population comprises of 75% European ethnicity, 14% of Maori descent (the ‘tangata whenua’, or indigenous people), 6% Asian and 5% of Pacific Island origin. The country has a high standard of living and is consistently ranked highly in international quality of life indexes.

The honesty and friendliness of New Zealanders, or ‘Kiwis’, is world renowned, and the country ranks first in the world for the fairness and transparency of its public institutions and absence of corruption. Combined with the renowned scenery and outdoor pursuits, New Zealand is seen as an attractive destination for overseas students.

Provided by the New Zealand Association of Economists (2011)