Taieri College principal David Hunter hopes to tap into the
economic growth of China by attracting Chinese pupils to
study in New Zealand schools.
He is one of 10 principals across the country selected to
take a 10-day tour of education facilities in Beijing and
Wuhan early next month.
Mr Hunter said the tour was heavily subsidised by the
Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury, and
would allow principals to go to China and visit schools,
universities and teacher training institutions to get an idea
of what was happening in the Chinese education system.
He hoped to bring back a greater understanding of the needs
of Chinese pupils and how they were educated.
He would also explore how New Zealand schools could offer
something that could appeal to them and encourage them to
''It's a fact-finding mission,'' Mr Hunter said.
''The economic growth of China is the most significant in our
closest proximity and we would like to be part of that,'' he
''We would like to offer opportunities at some stage for
Chinese students to study at Taieri College as international
The tour would also be an excellent opportunity to build
links with Chinese schools.
''It's topical, especially with the purpose-built Chinese
school being mooted in Dunedin,'' Mr Hunter said.
''It's about getting on board and seeing what potential
opportunities are out there, and getting Taieri College's
name out there.''
The Otago Daily Times reported last month Chinese
investors with plans for a $60million international school
had chosen Dunedin as their preferred location, and hoped to
open a facility within three years.