12 Feb 2009

Increase in overseas student numbers predicted

3:02 pm on 12 February 2009

An education sector group says the economy may get a boost from an increase in international students this year.

Education New Zealand chief executive Robert Stevens says economic changes around the world and the low New Zealand dollar have led to growing interest in the country as a destination for study.

Mr Stevens says his organisation is receiving more enquiries and more website traffic, and if the increase is realised it would be very good news for the New Zealand economy.

He expects official confirmation of student numbers in March.

Mr Stevens says international students bring in $2.3 billion a year in foreign exchange revenue.