Why I chose to study in New Zealand
Indian scholarship student Neeraj didn’t have all the information available in one place to help him prepare when he was planning to study to study abroad. So, he's put together a series of four blog posts based on his experiences which he hopes will become a one-stop shop for potential students thinking about coming to New Zealand.
First up are some of the key reasons why I chose to study here.
For scenery and serene beauty
If you’re feeling tired and deflated and not in the mood to study, New Zealand has endless beauty spots. Pick up your laptop and head down to the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland where you can grab a reclining chair and enjoy the serene beauty of the harbour. And if you choose to you can even fit in a little study!
Or otherwise, head over to Mount Eden and sit in the comfort of grass where you can absorb the beauty of nature.
Rest assured you will feel like studying after this so that you can get a job and be here forever! There are many more beautiful spots throughout New Zealand but these are just the teasers so that you can actually come and experience them yourself!
For the stats and figures:
From a recent article published by QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, there are eight universities in New Zealand, all of which feature in the top rankings for 2016-2017 – particularly impressive when you consider the country’s population is only around 4.5 million.
Here’s a brief outline of the top five universities in New Zealand:
University of Auckland
The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and highest-ranked university. Currently it ranks 81st in the world as per the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017.
University of Otago
This is New Zealand’s second entry in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, ranked 169th in the world.
University of Canterbury
Located in the South Island, in the island’s largest city of Christchurch, the University of Canterbury is New Zealand’s third-highest ranked university at joint 214th in the world.
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand’s fourth entrant in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Victoria University of Wellington is placed joint 228th.
University of Waikato
The University of Waikato overtook Massey University as the fifth highest-ranked university in New Zealand in 2016-2017, placed 324th.
The other three universities in New Zealand, Massey University, Lincoln University and Auckland University of Technology, are all ranked among the world’s top 450 institutions in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017.
About the contributors
Indian student Neeraj Nambiar is is an Education New Zealand Scholarship recipient. Neeraj is studying for his Masters in Engineering Management at The University of Auckland. He chose New Zealand because of its "highly advanced educational institution ranked in the top 100 in the world."