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International Recognition

New Zealand. Internationally ranked as a leader in education


Sir Ed HillaryNew Zealand qualifications are recognised by schools and universities internationally, through our participation in the Lisbon
Recognition Convention and other inter-Governmental agreements.
New Zealand’s education system gets glowing reports from experts around the world. This quality comes through in survey after survey:

  • New Zealand is a “world leader for education”, according to the UN Development Programme’s 2011 Human Development Report - ahead of Norway, Australia, Ireland and the US
  • New Zealand is also “a top-performing country for the quality of its educational system”, says the OECD’s 2011 Better Life report. We’re also “one of the strongest OECD countries” for literacy, maths and science
  • We’ve always scored well above average in PISA, the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment. In their latest survey of 15 year old students in 75 countries, New Zealand placed among the top four OECD countries for reading and science, and among the top eight for mathematics
  • 63% of New Zealand’s universities appear in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic World Rankings, a higher percentage than any other country
  • 75% of New Zealand’s universities appeared in the Top 400 worldwide of the 2012/13 QS Times Higher Education World Rankings.

It all means that – along with the people you’ll meet, the places you’ll see and the things you’ll do in New Zealand – you can be confident you’ll get an education that will set you up for the future you dream of.

Welcomed by employers


A New Zealand qualification can be a valuable asset, enhancing your career prospects both here and internationally.
Employers around the world respect New Zealand’s education system for its ability to balance academic achievements with skills, producing creative, flexible thinkers who are competent at both practical and theoretical levels.