Foreign PhDs are ‘lifeblood’ of universities’ research effort

Academics in New Zealand have warned that major research projects will be held back by a lack of foreign research students, writes John Gerritsen for RNZ.

In recent years, half of New Zealand’s annual total of 10,000 PhD students have come from overseas, but that number is falling because of border restrictions. Victoria University of Wellington’s Vice-Provost (Academic) Margaret Hyland said its PhD enrolments fell 5% last year when it had been anticipating growth of about 5%.

Hyland said a downturn in foreign PhD candidates would have a big impact across the entire university system. “PhDs are an incredibly important part of our research workforce. They are really the lifeblood of our research effort in the universities.”
Full report on the NZ Herald site