Call to end cap on number of international students

Capping the number of international students entering New Zealand to 5,000 should be scrapped in light of Wednesday’s border announcement, says Universities New Zealand, write Lee Kenny and Ellen O’Dwyer for Stuff.

The government will open the border to vaccinated Australian tourists from 11.59pm on 12 April, while tourists from visa-waiver countries like the United States and the United Kingdom will be able to arrive from 11.59pm on 1 May. However, the number of international students who can apply to study from 1 April remains limited to 5,000 for the school, private and tertiary education sectors.

Before the pandemic, the international student sector was worth almost NZ$5 billion (US$3.4 billion) a year, making it New Zealand’s fifth largest source of export revenue. Chris Whelan, chief executive of Universities New Zealand, said the eight universities “could have easily filled the 5,000 places on their own” and said the limit should be scrapped.
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