1 Sep 2010

Surge of British student interest on the cards

2:01 pm on 1 September 2010

New Zealand universities say an enrolment crisis in Britain could attract more British students to this country.

British universities are turning away tens of thousands of students because their funding is capped and they cannot meet increased demand.

Britain's government is also expected to allow university fee increases, which could make New Zealand's universities more attractive. University leaders here say they have already noticed more interest from British students.

They say this country's tertiary institutions have a good reputation in the UK. The outdoor lifestyle is also an attraction and many British students have family links to the country.

Currently about 800 British students a year study in New Zealand, a quarter of them in universities.

The chief executive of Education New Zealand, Robert Stevens, says there's a lot of room for growth here.