A sin of omission: New Zealand’s export education industry and foreign policy

Butcher Andrew and McGrath Terry

in Social Policy Review 23

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428301
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303503 | DOI:
A sin of omission: New Zealand’s export education industry and foreign policy

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This chapter examines the interaction between international education and foreign policy in the context of New Zealand, a small country of 4.2 million people but one which has seen dramatic growth in international students studying within its shores. It identifies a major growth in students travelling, first from South East Asia but more recently especially from China, Japan, India and Saudi Arabia. It argues that the links between foreign policy and international education are clear to see, even if policy scholars, civil servants and policy makers in the country have yet to realise their significance. It notes that the foreign policy objectives of aid and the defeat of communist interests from South East Asia lay behind the first, limited opening up of New Zealand's borders to international students in 1951 under the Colombo Plan.

Keywords: New Zealand; South East Asia; foreign policy; international education; Colombo plan

Chapter.  8460 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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