Story image

Historic statement signed to entice more Korean students to NZ - and vice versa

24 Feb 2017

The lines between the Republic of Korea and New Zealand have been significantly bolstered with a recently signed statement.

According to the Ministry of Education, the agreement will pave the way for students to further their studies in either country.

Secretary for Education, Iona Holsted says the signing of the statement means New Zealand can now undertake further bilateral work opportunities that have the potential open up a world of study opportunities for young people here.

“The joint statement is a step towards our students being able to have previous qualifications more easily recognised abroad and will provide access to further study that has traditionally been difficult to access,” Holsted says.

“While there is still more to do, I’m looking forward to seeing the shared benefits for both countries.”

Signed in Wellington yesterday, the Joint Recognition Statement between the two countries follows the completion of a joint research report – Comparison of Senior Secondary School Qualifications.

According to officials, the report will support higher education institutions in both countries to make decisions about the comparability of the Korean High School Certificate and the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 3.

The report indicates that senior secondary school curricula in the two countries are broadly comparable, largely based on the number of common denominators for Mathematics and Science subjects using the concept of internationally recognised ‘best-fit’.

NZQA chief executive, Dr Karen Poutasi says it is hoped that more Korean students will come to New Zealand to study and vice versa.

“The statement is the first of its kind signed by Korea and is a sign of confidence in the quality of education in both countries,” says Dr Poutasi.

“Formal acknowledgement of cooperation arrangements and recognition statements is increasingly common practice in a globally connected world. We look forward to further dialogue between our two countries.”

According to Dr Poutasi, NZQA aims to have qualification recognition arrangements with at least 50 countries by 2020.

Who's watching you? 
With privacy an increasing concern amongst the public, users should be more aware than ever of what personal data companies hold.
Game review: Rage 2 (PC)
The similarities between Mad Max and Rage 2 are very apparent. The overall setting and design aesthetic are clearly inspired, if not from the Mad Max game, from the Mad Max movies.
Apple brings 8-core processors to MacBook Pro
The addition of 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors will deliver 40% more performance than a 6-core Pro.
Hands-on review: Playing the long game with the The iPhone XR
The red XR is a rare case of having a phone that’s ‘too pretty to be covered’ - and it’s not hard to see why.
Hands-on review: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Software
I came across a wee gem of advice when researching the world of data recovery. As soon as you get that sinking feeling and realise you’ve lost a file, stop using your computer.
Deepfakes the 'next wave of concern' - but can law really stomp it out?
Enforcing the existing law will be difficult enough, and it is not clear that any new law would be able to do better. Overseas attempts to draft law for deepfakes have been seriously criticised.
Google Street View cars about to hit NZ roads again
If you’ve ever used Google Streetview and been frustrated that the imagery is so outdated by years, Google brings good news. 
D-Link hooks up with Alexa and Assistant with new smart camera
The new camera is designed for outdoor use within a wireless smart home network.