New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key has recently completed a trans-continental trip.
His two-week tour started with a visit to Europe, a continent still grappling with the fallout of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Key then spent three days in Indonesia to talk trade and greater cooperation.
Indonesia has a population of 250 million and an economy predicted to be the world’s seventh-largest by 2030. Indonesia is seen as a country with huge opportunities for Kiwi exporters which hasn’t quite lived up to its potential.
Indonesia has a strong economy with annual growth at about 6 percent. The Government is keen to strengthen New Zealand’s trade relationships with Indonesia.
Indonesia’s large population is made up largely of young people. This provides strong opportunity for growth with Indonesia in the international education industry.
More than 30,000 Indonesian tertiary students are currently studying offshore – but less than one percent of them have chosen to study in New Zealand. The challenge is a lack of awareness of New Zealand as a study destination.
New Zealand currently provides 50 scholarships each year to Indonesian students for postgraduate study.