International education is an essential part of Venture Southland's promotion and attraction work programme.

In response to the Southland Regional Development Strategy and in recognition of the vibrancy and diversity international students bring to a community, Venture Southland partnered with Southland education providers, local councils, iwi and community representatives to form the Southern Education Alliance.

This Alliance works alongside Education New Zealand to deliver its Regional Partnership Programme, provide a coordinated approach to expanding international education opportunities in Southland and promote the region to education agents, international students and their families.


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Central to the ongoing development of this international education in the region is the Southern Regional International Education Strategy which sets out the vision, mission, values, goals and objectives required to advance international education in Southland.

As a result of significant investment in relationship building, direct marketing and being part of ongoing education delegations overseas, Southland has seen steady growth in the numbers of international student numbers.

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For further information contact
Joice Dondalski - Venture Southland

Joice Dondalski

International Education Manager