New Zealand is the top country in the world for educating students for the future, according to a recent report by The Economist Intelligence Unit.

The Worldwide Educating for the Future Index ranks New Zealand first out of 35 countries at preparing students for the demands of work and life in a rapidly changing world. It earned full marks for its curriculum framework for future skills, the effectiveness of its policy implementation system, teacher education, government education expenditure, career counselling in schools, collaboration between universities and industry, and cultural diversity and tolerance.

So, why is New Zealand ranked so highly in each of these areas?

In New Zealand students develop the skills the world needs, discover new ways to learn, and gain all the benefits of studying in a fair, open and free society. Students are not expected to memorise information from a textbook – rather, you learn to think for yourself and come up with your own ideas.

That’s how our government-led education system produces graduates with the skills employers will look for in the future, including critical thinking, creativity, independence and teamwork.

In our education system, each student is treated as an individual. Our high-quality teachers and lecturers give you the personal support you need to succeed.

When Adriana Christie moved to New Zealand from Bogotá, Colombia, she found the skills she learned at university in New Zealand helped her manage her dyslexia and achieve her dream of becoming a social entrepreneur. “I loved the Kiwi style of learning straight away because it focuses on teaching you skills that have an impact on what your life will be like in the future,” she says.

In New Zealand, learning doesn’t happen only in the classroom. Our practical, hands-on approach to learning shows students how to put their knowledge to work in the world. Many of our tertiary courses and programmes have work placements and internships, enabling students to gain real-world skills and develop connections within their industry.

The Economist Intelligence Unit singled out the collaboration between New Zealand’s eight publicly-funded universities and industry for praise. Richard Jin, from China, is among the international students who have benefited from New Zealand’s hands-on style of education. He has been doing work experience in his institute of technology’s on-site veterinary clinic while studying to become a vet nurse. “It’s really helpful to have that experience when you’re job seeking,” he says.

New Zealand is a safe, modern and progressive country. The experiences you’ll have here will help you grow personally as well as academically. We get full marks for cultural diversity and tolerance from The Economist Intelligence Unit, which describes us as a fair, open and free society. It says societies like New Zealand’s produce students who are responsible, self-reliant and better able to make good decisions.

For more information on studying New Zealand, visit https://www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz (external link) and #futureproofyourself